Ambrosia plans downtown location

July 21, 2009
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AmbrosiaThe owner of the popular Broad Ripple Italian restaurant Ambrosia plans to open a new location downtown on the first floor of the Hampton Inn along Maryland Street. The space most recently was home to a Cajun restaurant called J. Gumbo's and also has been a Buffalo Wild Wings and BadaBoomz. The new restaurant, owned by Gino Pizzi, will be called Ambrosia Centro. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner and is slated to open in the Fall. The Ambrosia in Broad Ripple is on Westfield Boulevard between Corner Wine Bar and Broad Ripple Steakhouse.
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  • Great! We need more local restaurants downtown! I'm glad that another steak house didn't get the spot. We seem to have quite a few, but apparently it's what the people want.
  • Sweet! Hopefully they have a lunch menu!
  • I am a frequent diner at the Ambrosia in Broad Ripple and feel that our downtown will benefit from having a really good locally owned restaurant.
  • That sounds good.

    It will definitely help connect the Pennsylvania and Meridian St. dining corridors, which are anchored there by Moe's, Oceanaire, etc. That block of Maryland needs more activity. The Hard Rock Cafe is there, but it's a fairly dark corridor because of the parking garage and parking lot. Too bad Penn Centre was never built, that stretch would be hopping.

    Don't even get me started on west Maryland St.
  • Amen! We got steaks covered downtown but there isn't much in terms of Italian fare. The fact that it's locally owned is a huge bonus. I'll be especially happy to see that prime real estate getting some use. Now if only they could do something with that wreck of a building next door. I know...baby steps.
  • There's especially a need for a good Italian restaurant. I like Ambrosia. What's the problem with Mike, whoever he is?
  • Too bad it's now just another chain. (dws)
  • No Italian downtown? There's Vito's, Old Spaghetti Factory and Buca right in the core, plus Agio, Amici's, Iaria's, Milano Inn and Iozzo's just outside the core. And all but two of those are independents. I wish Ambrosia the best of luck, but it's not like they're filling some void in Italian dining downtown. They're entering a pretty full field with entries at many price points.
  • Awesome for Gino and even more awesome for downtown! GIno is one of Indy's class act restaurateurs and will surely create an awesome experience.

    Best of Luck Ambrosia Central, we'll all look forward to it!
  • I think IndyJRob was referring to Italian restaurants in the core of the city.........most out of towners and convention goers do not seem to venture much outside of the mile square.
  • The interior of the BR Ambrosia is one of the nicest in the entire area. The food is good and reasonably priced. Service goes from good to OK.
    At least I hope they can duplicate the feeling of this space at the DT location.
  • It stinks that 2-blocks away from East St isn't the core. Iaria's & Milano Inn are completely walkable (some gap filling would help) or short cab ride away if you're a visitor.
  • Yeah! Good luck Gino.
  • If I indicated that there was NO Italian dining downtown I apologize. Iaria's is a favorite and I also enjoy Agio. However, shaneryan was correct that a good Italian restaurant would be a huge plus for our visitors. Plus, as someone who walks by that place everyday and doesn't like to use a car downtown, I love the location.
  • Glad to see that location filled.
  • If I'm not mistaken the new JW Marriott is supposed to have an organic locally grown Italian restaurant on the first floor.
  • If I'm not mistaken the JW Marriott is supposed to have a locally grown Italian restaurant on the first floor too...

    On another note, they really blew it considering the JW could've had a rooftop dining area with breathtaking views of downtown Indianapolis.
  • Yeah for Gino & the Pizzi family. I have long been a fan. Anyone remember cafe Luna in the old converted gas station in Broad Ripple (SW corner of Winthrop & BR Ave.)? That was a Pizzi restaurant too, and it was certainly a hit in its day. I wish the Pizzi's well in their new Ambrosia Central endeavor.
  • Correction to previous post. The other Pizzi restaurant in BR was called Mezza Luna . . . one of the early Tapas style eateries in Indy.
  • Great news for downtown! Should be a great location, especially for lunch crowds.
  • This is good news. Downtown needs a really good Italian restaurant - more that Old Spaghetti Factory and Buca. I'll be happy to see it open.
  • Awesome for Gino, LOVE to see the local restauranteurs come downtown! Speaking of the JW Marriott, does anyone know the 411 about their retail lineup?
  • Has anyone been to the Vito's on Penn downtown that CorrND mentioned? It's an offshoot of a restaurant that's been successful for many years on the south side. Can anyone compare the two?
  • I didn't think JW was going to have anything aside from the Italian restaurant and a bar call Veloctiy.
  • I got to Vito's on Penn fairly regularly. My guess is that they make most of their money from the lounge/bar side of the operation but the restaurant serves great stuff, usually about $15/entre. Love their warm garlic bread. Compared to others, I think Agio is hair better, but you pay a bit more for it. Both provide a very solid dining experience, but my impression is that neither is trying to be REALLY high-end.

    Unfortunately, I've never been to Ambrosia in Broad Ripple so I can't directly compare those. But if Ambrosia is truly high-end Italian, there's definitely a place for that downtown.
  • Wasnt Simon going to put some fancy italian restaurant where Bertolinis was? What downtown really needs is a Fatburger. Whats the latest on Jack in the Box and Del Taco?
  • Oh, Cory! I wish you would have warned me on the tag line from my IBJ Daily -- now I have 70's soft rock classics in a perpetual loop. Aaugh! :-)
  • Yes, Circle Centre was supposed to have an Il Mulino that was to open by September of this year. Unfortunately they never signed a lease and have not been returning the mall manager's phone calls due to the recession.
  • THEY WILL BE BROKE IN 1YEAR and that is as true as life is short.
  • fat dude: That's not nice to wish on anyone.. I have mentioned here and there how tough this business is but at least root for the home team....! That's not my favorite location - as evidenced by previous tenants but is this business, that means nothing. Go Ambrosia!
  • I typically find the restraunt news on Property Lines pretty dull. (I could not care more if another Quizno's opens in Castletown.) This is excellent news however - nice place to add to downtown. I desparately hope a nice project will go in on Maryland and Penn to polish up what is right now a rather dreary block.

    Why did the other places fail in that spot? Never went to one. Were they lousy or is this a bad location?
  • It's great to see a local favorite open up for our downtown guests and residents. The area they are locatating in is showing healthy growth. Best of luck to the venture and the marraige.
  • This is great news but why hasn't any restaurant gone in the vacant spot at the southeast corner of Merdian and Georgia across from the Spaghetti Factory. This is a prime location that has been vacant for some time now.
  • Why did the other places fail in that spot?

    Because the guy that ran those places had no clue how to run a restaurant.
  • Perkins VonDeylen Architects is providing the interior architectural services for Ambrosia Centro working with Gino Pizzi.

    We're looking forward to great Italian food downtown!
  • Mr. Scott Perkins, how is your Fletcher Place Arts project coming along? Hopefully well because I am really looking forward to it! :)
  • I do wish them well...I was just recalling how my locally owned business suffered just around the corner. Downtown is not for the mom and pops, it is for the multi location franchise operators. They will fail for so many reasons......1.lousy location,one way(the wrong way)street. 2.lousy hotel lease with too many restrictions and too high rent.3.lousy lunch croud south of washington street. 4.lousy time to open even a well known restaurant, it will take three years for convention croud to take notice of them and field house croud will have no use for them.5.They will get tired of doing everything right and losing money. I am a fan of all small operators and I wish them the best and I will spend my money there. p.s. I hope i'm dead wrong.
  • I was downtown sunday and noticed that they(Ambrosia) have actually started to do the renovations. I hope they make it.

    That is too bad about IL Mulino though I was looking forward to that mall space being filled.
  • Very nice. I worry about Italian because it makes for such a heavy lunch, but I hope it goes well!
  • Gino Pizzi is a fantastic restaurateur and runs a very tight ship. I have never eaten at one of his restaurants and had a bad experience or felt heavy afterwards. I cannot wait until he opens, and will be there often.

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