You know, when I saw Restaurant Critic 59's review below, I went through the trouble of registering for this site simply because I had to counter it.
I stumbled upon Fontanella's years ago--so many I'm not sure exactly how long it's been but definitely over 5 and possibly as long as 7--and it's been my favorite restaurant in the Matthews area since then. To give you some idea, I've been going to Fontanella's for longer than some of the weekend waitstaff have been working there. Both the owner and the regular waitstaff recognize me.
I've never been mistreated by the owner or any of the waitstaff. In fact, one day when I arrived just around closing time (which is 10:00pm and not the later 11:00pm time that used to be listed on their website), the owner recognized us, told us they were about to close, told us we could come in and sit at the bar, and asked if he could get us anything to go. He personally went to the kitchen and fixed it for us.
Obviously I wasn't there for what happened in the other reviewer's case, but I can tell you that throughout the years, I've spent well over $118 at Fontanella's, and it was money well spent. Everyone wants to go home at night and, yes, there used to be outdated or incorrect closing times listed on their website, but I can only assume based on my *years* of good experience with this restaurant and the owner that there must have been another variable at play here if the other reviewer felt the owner was short with them. I've experienced nothing but personalized service and great food. Treat them well, and they will certainly treat you well!
So to those considering Fontanella's, I'd ask you to also consider the experience of someone who's been a regular for years. You won't know what you're missing unless you try it!