The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.
As children we were taught about the importance of spending quality time with family and friends, learning that life is better with great conversation and great food. In creating Tarantelli's, we fell in love with the idea of creating a warm and comfortable place where diners feel at home every time they walk through the door. Many of the meals that we serve contain the finest ingredients from various regions in Italy and are paired with the most celebrated Italian wines available. We are proud to bring those to you here in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington.
We’re excited to share our family recipes as well as some of our favorite Italian cuisine from around the world. Whether you are joining us for a cocktail, a meal, or a special event, we hope that your experience at Tarantelli's stays with you long after your table's been cleared.
Tarantelli's is located on 2nd Street, just one block from Front Street and in walking distance to the Cape Fear River. The restaurant and event venue is located in the historic district of downtown Wilmington. This lively area spans 230-plus blocks and is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, churches, classic architecture, and selection of fine art. There are several parking facilities nearby, but you can also reach Tarantelli's year round via horse drawn trolley and carriage, river taxi, trolley cars, or on foot.