Classic Italian, Wood-Oven Pizzeria
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- Casually Upscale
- Child Friendly
- Sit Down
- Take Out
- Outdoor Dining
Wine Bar, T.V., wood fired pizza oven. A portable wood fired pizza oven available for private events and catering.
Lunch, Dinner, Wine and Beer
Thursday Night is "Steak Night" Friday is "Fresh Fish Friday" featuring locally caught fish from Harbor Docks and Destin Ice.
Fat Clemenza’s is an award winning local, authentic Italian Restaurant in Destin that has won "Best on Emerald Coast" in multiple restaurant categories. Fat Clemenza's is famous among locals and tourists to Destin for serving award winning wood fired pizza and classical Italian cuisine. The restaurant name originated from The Godfather character Peter “Fat Pete” Clemenza who was well known for his love for cooking great Italian food and famous line: “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” The owners of Fat Clemenza’s grew up in Italian neighborhoods full of passion for their culture and cuisine. They could not find the quality Italian restaurant or the atmosphere they were used to, so they decided to open their own. Fat Clemenza’s opened to meet their own needs of a true, local, authentic Italian neighborhood restaurant that never compromises on food quality or consistency.
Since then, the small and intimate Fat Clemenza’s in Destin has won Emerald Coast Magazine’s 2013 Best Pizza and Best Restaurant, 2012 Best Italian, 2011 Best Pizza, Italian and Best Chef, 2010 Beat Italian and Best Chef and 2009 Best Pizza, not to mention numerous other accolades and awards. Specializing in procuring great food products from all over the world to create the best Italian cuisine possible, Fat Clemenza’s sources olive oils, plum tomatoes, and sheet pasta from Italy, flour from Naples, and Italian fennel sausage from Chicago to the restaurant twice a week. The bread at Fat Clemenza’s is made fresh daily, along with the house crafted sauces and salad dressings. The Blackboard Specials change daily and are quite popular. The inspiration for the blackboard came from a famous restaurant in Chicago named Tufano’s that has been around for generations, and is common in many of the great family-owned restaurants in Chicago.
At Fat Clemenza’s the core menu is amazing, but the blackboard allows the chefs to be creative with seasonal ingredients and keeps the restaurant interesting for everyone. Another tradition is “Fresh Fish Friday” which ensures that Fat Clemenza’s serves fresh locally caught fish each Friday night. For lunch try the wood fired pizza, Italian beef and sausage sandwiches or the savory Pasta Carbonara with pancetta and white onion in a cream sauce, finished with egg yolk. For dinner, begin with the Frutti Di Mare containing sautéed shrimp, scallops, clams, calamari, and mussels in a white wine sauce, and move on to the popular specialty Risotto, made fresh and cooked to perfection. Another favorite is the Cannelloni Florentine stuffed with veal, ricotta, and spinach, then baked with our famous "Vodka Sause" or your sauce of choice. Save room for the luscious desserts like the wildly popular Lemon Curd Cake.
You can expect quality and consistency at Fat Clemenza’s. Besides the chef owners and cooking school instructors, Executive Chef Clovis Di Sila, from Brazil, has been named Best Chef on the Emerald Coast and Chef Alfonso is a master pizza and pastry chef from Naples, Italy. Both chefs have both been with Fat Clemenza’s for seven years. Fat Clemenza’s is an authentic, local Italian restaurant that takes pride in preparing classic Italian food to a high standard in a neighborhood setting.
Thursday Night is "Steak Night" featuring a grilled 14oz ribeye with sautéed vegetables and potatoes.
Come by and enjoy a new, local, fresh catch each and every Friday at Fat Clemenza's! Fish supplied locally by Harbor Docks and Destin Ice.