Amalfi Awards & Press

In Foodie Fashion

November 22, 2019

“The to-die-for menu included […] soft zucchini and tomato bread layered with burrata mousse by Amalfi restaurant’s Giancarlo Ferrara…”

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Best bets for Houston Restaurant Weeks

July 29, 2019

“Love is in the air the moment you step into Amalfi, a passion project by husband-and-wife duo Giancarlo and Lisa Ferrara, who fell head over heels for each other in Italy years ago.”

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Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi, one of Houston’s “culinary stars”

April 16, 2019

“Giancarlo Ferrara is an internationally recognized Italian chef who opened his wildly popular Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar in Houston back in 2014.”

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Viva Italiano! Top 12 Houston spots for Italian fare

March 8, 2019

“Amazing Food, Amazing Chef, Amazing Staff! Chef Giancarlo demonstrates what Italian fine dining can and be in a comfortable but elegant setting.”

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With Amalfi, an Italian star is born

February 10, 2019

“Pastas here can be as good as any in town. Or better, in the case of thin-skinned agnolotti filled with ringingly clear smoked mozzarella, the packets moored in a buttery yet light tomato reduction. They’re dreamy.”

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Food is Family: Jacques Pépin visits Amalfi |

May 10, 2018

“The whole event was an extraordinary celebration of family. From Jim’s birthday, to the story of Lisa and Giancarlo, to the witty repartee of Jacques and Claudine…”

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Amalfi Restaurante Italiano… ¡De verdad!

December 3, 2017

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Top 12 Italian Restaurants in Houston | Click2Houston

November 7, 2017

“Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar — Chef/Owner Giancarlo Ferrara is a culinary genius whose cuisine pays homage to the essence of the Western Coast of Italy…”

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Martin Preferred Foods Put on the Ritz With the Epicurean Project | Houston

October 11, 2017

“The clear winner of the night, however, was chef Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi Ristorante, who was caramelizing U10 scallops in the skillet before serving them to attendees. Not surprisingly, his creation, served with baby zucchini mousse, pioppini mushrooms and summer black truffle cream sauce, won both people’s choice and also first place with the evening’s judges…”

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Amalfi Scores at 2017 Epicurean Project | Houston Chronicle

October 9, 2017

“Chef Giancarlo Ferrara whose Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar won first from judges (and People’s Choice) at the 2017 Epicurean Project held Oct. 4 sponsored by Martin Preferred Foods to benefit Recipe for Success…”

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Top Houston restaurants tapped for Culinary Stars event | Houston Chronicle

August 21, 2017

“Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar is among the restaurants participating in 2017 Culinary Stars dining event. Shown: Chef Giancarlo Ferrara’s Sicilian lobster scampi…”

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Dining Out: Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar ready for HRW diners | Jewish Herald Voice

August 11, 2017

“Giancarlo Ferrara, owner and executive chef of Amalfi Ristorante, is participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks (Aug. 1-Sept. 4) for the third time. HRW is an incredible opportunity to explore Houston’s diverse culinary landscape, while benefitting the Houston Food Bank…”

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10 Reservations to Make Right Now for Houston Restaurant Weeks | Zagat

August 9, 2017

“This intimate Galleria-area restaurant reflects the flavors and sites of chef-owner Giancarlo Ferrara’s birthplace on the Amalfi Coast in Italy…”

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Houston Restaurant Notebook | Realty News Report

August 2, 2017

“HOUSTON – (By Michelle Leigh Smith) – It is not only Italian businessmen who pack Amalfi around 3 p.m. each afternoon. Dads bring their sons after soccer and beautifully dressed women come in trios for the fresh Salmon Scozzese or Branzino con Gnocchi al Limone E Carciofi or a simple Fichi Con Proscuitto Di Parma E Balsamico (imported Parma prosciutto with fresh black mission figs drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar)…”

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Houston Restaurant Weeks delivers foodie delights and experiences this year | Hot in Houston Now

August 1, 2017

“Amalfi is adding a frozen Bellini and small pizzas with their $45 dinners…”

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Underrated Houston Restaurant Weeks Menus | PaperCity

July 31, 2017

“This week, I got a sneak peek at the HRW menu at Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, a restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of southern Italy, most notably that of the Amalfi Coast. The chef there, (and co-owner with his wife, Lisa), Giancarlo Ferrara, came of age in Salerno, learning from his mother all about the foodways of his rich region (not the least of which is glorious seafood). He opened Amalfi in late 2014, and locals (plus Martha Stewart) have made it a Houston favorite…”

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Where celebrities dined in Houston during Super Bowl LI | Houston Chronicle

February 6, 2017

“Chef/owner Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar where cookbook author and food television star Martha Stewart dined on Saturday.”

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The Most Raucous Super Bowl Party Yet? Celebs Dance on Tables, Giant Bottles of Cristal Chugged | PaperCity

February 5, 2017

“More than 250 were invited to frolic in St. Tropez tradition which meant a three-course Mediterranean-inspired lunch from Amalfi Ristorante…”

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Amalfi Awarded Houston’s Top 100

October 27, 2016

We were recently recognized as one of Houston’s Top 100 restaurants by the Houston Chronicle and featured in Allison Cook’s restaurant guide for 2016.

10 Pizzas You Need to Try Right Now in Houston | Zagat

October 25, 2016

“Pizza Al Salmon E Provova Affumicata E Spinaci at Amalfi
It only takes 90 seconds in the oven to finish this brunch-y offering smothered in house-marinated salmon, heirloom tomatoes, spinach, roasted red onion and two kinds of cheese: smoked Buffalo mozzarella and shaved aged ricotta salata.”

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Scenes from The Epicurean Project | Houston Chronicle

October 20, 2016

“A partnership with Martin Preferred Foods, the Epicurean Project held on Oct. 5 at Silver Street Studios showcased gourmet foods and chefs who know how to use them.”

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Amalfi Continues to Deserve Its Accolades

August 8, 2016

“In short, the food is impeccable. Chef-owner Giancarlo Ferrera creates menus that are like albums in which every song is a chart-topper; search for the weak link and you will come up empty-handed.”

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El Patrimonio Culinario de la Costa Amalfitana

November 21, 2015

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8 Best New Under-the-Radar Restaurants in Houston

November 9, 2015

“Still fresh on our minds is the menu of coastal Italian fare mirroring Ferrara’s homeland including seafood flown in from the Amalfi coast, his family made cheeses, beautifully plated house made pastas, and artisan desserts sweetened with local honey.”

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Get Stuffed

October 1, 2015

“Agnolotti con provola. These fluffy hand-made pillows filled with smoked buffalo mozzarella and ricotta cheese are so divine, you’ll want to sleep on them.”

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Houston Restaurant Weeks lineup: 11 newcomers definitely worth a try | CultureMap Houston

August 10, 2015

Houston is only two weeks away from the annual dining frenzy known as Houston Restaurants Weeks. This year’s event runs for five weeks: from August 1 until Labor Day on September 7, but unofficially kicks off today (July 15) when organizer Cleverley Stone publishes the menus of the over 200 participating restaurants.

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Houston Restaurant Weeks 2015 – The Urban Swank Top Picks | Urban Swank

July 31, 2015

It is that time of the year again! August is the reason that many Houstonians mark their calendars. No matter your dining preference or palate, most of us use this time to get out and try a new restaurant or go back for a visit to one of our favorites. Houston Restaurant Weeks, which over the years has progressed from a week long campaign to a month long one, is aimed at fighting hunger in Houston with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. This year, the campaign runs August 1 through September 7, 2015.

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Dining Out: Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar | Jewish Herald-Voice

July 30, 2015

Giancarlo Ferrara, owner and executive chef of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, will participate in Houston Restaurant Weeks for the first time, from Aug. 1 through Sept. 7. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Houston’s diverse culinary landscape, while helping those who are served by The Houston Food Bank.

Established in 2003, Houston Restaurant Weeks is a fun-filled dining event benefiting America’s largest food bank. Held simultaneously in restaurants in the greater Houston area, HRW is its largest single annual fundraiser.

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This Week in Houston Food Events: Restaurant Weeks Are Upon Us | Houston Press

July 27, 2015

Across Houston, fine dining establishments will begin to celebrate Houston Restaurant Weeks, a benefit event for the Houston Food Bank that features special menus, happy stomachs and happy consciences.

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This Veal Ragù Will Make You Happy in Houston | PaperCityMag

July 15, 2015

I make ragù often, especially in cooler seasons. But I love to eat it any time of the year. Problem is, much of the ragù I order in restaurants is undercooked, rushed, lacking richness. Last night, however, I was very pleased with my order. On the menu, it was listed as Paccheri al Ragu’ di Vitello Bianco (Traditional Amalfi Pasta Paccheri served with veal ragout, fried sage and Parmesan shavings). This dish, which is on the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu at Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, is the real thing.

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The 50 Finest | Modern Luxury Houston

July 6, 2015

In a dynamic culinary scene of which the nation’s press and the James Beard judges have taken note, a slew of upstarts have taken their place among the city’s star chefs. Inspired by their homelands—from the Gulf Coast to the Amalfi Coast, and from Spain to South Africa—they’ve brought us the world. Prepare to tipple and taste the best of H-Town now. And, by all means, save room for dessert!

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3 Far Ends of Italy

July 1, 2015

“With newcomer Amalfi by Giancarlo Ferrara, former exec chef of Arcodoro, you don’t have to visit Europe for authentic Italian fare.”

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Italian Pearl

June 1, 2015

“Ahhh, the Amalfi Coast. The sunny land of lemon-paved hillsides, wild herbs and roses perfuming the air and a deep blue ocean full of seafood. Now you don’t have to travel to Europe for it.”

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The Coast Is Near

May 1, 2015

“Ferrara borrows from his ancestors by creating a spring-summer menu of light, snappy dishes. Even as we settle for a meal inside, the fantasy is certainly that we are dining alfresco, the sunlight glowing through the Cinzano umbrella above our heads and the breeze cooling and tickling our skin from the sea.”

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Delicious Mischief Podcast | News Talk 1370AM

April 11, 2015

This week we take two very different routes into the heart of Italian flavors, starting with a tasting with chef-owner Giancarlo Ferrara at his new Amalfi Ristorante in Houston, celebrating the foods of his beautiful native region. In our Grape and Grain segment, we taste the wines of Rutini, which definitely wear Italian-ness on their sleeve – except that the family moved to Mendoza, Argentina, a long time ago and started making wines with Malbec.

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The Skinny – Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar | Urban Swank

March 3, 2015

No worries if you don’t get the opportunity to travel to the Amalfi Coast anytime soon because Executive Chef Giancarlo Ferrara is bringing the true taste of Italy right within reach. With a focus on Mediterranean cuisine that highlights the use of fresh ingredients (versus overly complex cooking methods), Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar feels just like you’ve landed in a small town indicative of the one where Chef Ferrara grew up; Salerno, Italy. Fresh artisan cheeses, fish, and wines are also imported from his home town and neighboring areas and are seen throughout the menu and in their impressive wine selection.

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With Amalfi, an Italian star is born | Houston Chronicle

February 22, 2015

Several bites into the Dungeness crab salad at Amalfi, the svelte new Italian restaurant from former Arcodoro chef Giancarlo Ferrara, I hit something unfamiliar. Amid pearly hunks of crabmeat, gentle flecks of chive and perfumed lemon dressing hid a pale, stemmy green with a curiously supple crunch.

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Here’s Our Tip: Rush to Amalfi Before Everyone Finds Out About It | Houston Press

February 10, 2015

“Rush” is the key word right now when it comes to Amalfi,the new Mediterranean restaurant with entrees prepared by Chef Giancarlo Ferrara. Rush to get to it because while there’s usually not a large wait for a table, that will change. Once you do get to Amalfi, do not be in a rush to leave. Although the service is attentive and courses arrive in a timely fashion, the food is stuff to be painstakingly savored. Barrel your way through your courses and you’ll miss out on the nuances latent in the flavor architecture of each dish.

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Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar | Culinary Houston

January 27, 2015

Born and reared in Solerno on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast.  Chef Giancarlo Ferrara was immersed, as a child, in his fourth generation cheese makers family’s love of and contribution to the foods and cuisines of the area. He attended Centro Professionale Albergiero cooking school in Salerno, then furthered his training at Scuola Arte Culinaria Etoile. Upon completion of his studies and apprenticeships, he built upon his experience at various of the finest resorts and restaurants in Italy (receiving such awards as finalist in Barilla’s Prima d’Italia contest and winning the honor of Best Restaurant in Veneto from the Veronelli Guide in 1998).

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First Taste of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar | Delicious Mischief

January 18, 2015

We knew we’d end up happy when the octopus showed up. Why is it that – while we here in the States know only octopus that’s tough, rubbery and tasteless – the people who inhabit the Mediterranean coast know how to make it not. So it is with the octopus roasted with rosemary, garlic and fine herbs over sauteed escarole and capers at the new Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar. And so it is with chef Giancarlo Ferrara, cooking his own region’s food at last in a restaurant he can call his own. In fact, with him in the kitchen and his wife working the dining room, he almost couldbe back home.

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Five Nosy Questions for Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi | My Table

January 9, 2015

The Amalfi Coast – that part of western Italy known for its rugged hillsides that drop into the churning sea, lemon trees by the millions, twisting mountain roads and some of the country’s most delicious food and wine, has a new outpost in Houston. It’s from chef Giancarlo Ferrara (photo below), who spent years manning the stove at Arcodoro. His new restaurant, Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, is named for the region where he grew up. (Read our “snapshot” of Amalfi here.) We recently sat down with Ferrara to learn more about his background and this abundant area of Italy.

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Five Nosy Questions for Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi

“I’m from Salerno, which is the major city on the Amalfi Coast. I went to culinary school in Salerno. After the first semester, they send you on an internship to experience of the real world of restaurants and hotels. So, first the restaurant I ever worked in was also on the Amalfi Coast.”

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Top Five: New Restaurants

January 1, 2015

“Arcodoro alum Giancarlo Ferrara has opened a restaurant channeling his native Italian coast. Expect ravioli stuffed with smoked mozzarella or risotto crowned with huge Madagascar prawns.”

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Amalfi – New Upscale Italian Opens | Jewish Herald-Voice

Owner and chef Giancarlo Ferrara opened his own restaurant two months ago. Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar “is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream,” stated Ferrara. “I will be importing fish, cheese and wines from my hometown, Salerno, Italy, as well as the neighboring villages, for a true taste of the Amalfi Coast. This restaurant, with the white tablecloths, ocean-blue napkins, and the food I will be serving, all pays homage to the Amalfi Coast. The only thing missing is the view of sea.”

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A Snapshot of Amalfi | My Table

December 19, 2014

When it comes to the food and drink of Italy’s Amalfi coast, chef Giancarlo Ferrara (photo below) is an expert: He grew up there. After relocating to Houston, he spent 11 years as executive chef at Arcodoro before finally opening his own spot,Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, in early November.

It’s been a quiet debut, at least compared to the crashing-loud breathlessly anticipated openings of so many restaurants this past year. But don’t let this place escape your notice. If you are a fan of authentic Italian (as opposed to Italian-American) cooking, this is one of the most exciting newcomers in years. (Full disclosure: We were guests of the restaurant owners.)

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Where to Eat Right Now: 10 hot, must-try restaurants for December | CultureMap Houston

December 2, 2014

After a full day of Thanksgiving cooking and a weekend spent eating leftovers, diners across Houston are feeling restless. They’re ready to get out of the house and try something new.

Luckily for them, Houston’s restaurant scene has produced a new crop of options that are eager to welcome customers. While the crush of fall openings in September and October means this month lacks the heavy hitters of the recent past, just about anyone should find something that appeals.

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A Look at Forthcoming Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar | Eater Houston

November 19, 2014

A new Italian getaway is preparing to sweep Houstonians off their feet only this one won’t require airplanes or passports. The menu is personal, the ingredients are exceptionally fresh, and the inspiration is years in the making. The place is Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, chef/ownerGiancarlo Ferrara’s forthcoming new restaurant set to open this summer in the Galleria area. Bringing together his respect for superb ingredients and a rich history originating on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Ferrara is developing a one-of-a-kind dining experience to share the flavors, scents, and emotions of his native land.

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A Taste of Salerno

November 16, 2014

“Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, named for one of Italy’s most popular and picturesque stretches of coastline, opened last week at 6100 Westheimer. Not only does Ferrara, who spent 11 years at Arcodoro, have a place to call his own, he has a kitchen where he can specialize in the foods and flavors of his beloved Amalfi coast.”

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Giancarlo Ferrara’s Amalfi Restaurant to Open Nov. 10 | Houston Chronicle

October 28, 2014

When chef Giancarlo Ferrara left Arcodoro in January the news was he would soon be opening his own restaurant. Then for months foodies heard nothing (a long time to wait for his vaunted pizzas and finessed pastas).

But now the chef who dreamed of opening his own restaurant is finally getting his wish. Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, 6100 Westheimer, is set to officially open on Nov. 10.

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