Hours: Lunch and dinner daily
Amalfi’s small two-story space has bright yellow walls and tables upstairs and down, and its familiar canon of big Italian-American pasta dishes is about as straight-down-the-middle as it comes: lasagna, ziti, and ravioli with lots of bright red tomato sauce along with alfredo, marsala, and parmigiana. The oven-toasted subs are solid, and thin-crust New York-style pizza and stromboli round out the offerings. The daily lunch menu includes plenty of pasta, pizza, and sandwich choices for under 10 bucks including a drink, making it one of the best bargains. Amalfi’s is hidden away in a hard-to-find spot at the back of Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall shopping center, but the fresh-made sauces and bread and the eminently reasonable prices make it well worth seeking out when you’re in the mood for a casual, homey Italian meal. —Robert Moss
Classic red sauce Italian classics plus pizza made from scratch.