Thursday, November 14, 2013


Brandt's Aunt loves Italian food, so we decided to try Carmine's Coal Fired Pizza for dinner.  We had been there once before for happy hour and had a nice time. I thought dinner would bring the same experience.  I may go back for happy hour, but I do not see myself going back to Carmine's for dinner again.  It was definitely average.  We have so many great Italian places in the area, this one unfortunately is not on my list.

We started off with a few salads to share for the table.  The Insalata Nantucket, field greens, blue cheese, red onion, pine nuts, cranberries, tossed in a maple raspberry vinaigrette.  We should have asked for the dressing on the side, as I felt it was slightly soggy.  Other then that the salad had a nice flavor, I always like blue cheese with a sweet dressing.

We also tried the Chopped Antipasto, mixed greens, roasted red peppers, artichokes, cucumbers, tomato, garbanzo beans, prosciutto, salami, and provolone tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette.  When I think of an Antipasto salad, I think of large chunks of meats and cheeses.  This salad was slightly disappointing with everything chopped up.

For my main dish I tried my usual, Spaghetti Bolognese.  I asked for penne pasta instead of spaghetti and I had also asked for a meatball.  I am still waiting on the meatball, as she never served it.  The Bolognese sauce was tasty.  It was nice and chunky with beef and tomatoes.

Aunt Meryl tried the Rigatoni alla vodka. Vodka sauce is a tomato-cream sauce. Vodka sauce is usually one that you cant go wrong with.  The sauce was creamy, but a little too rich for me.  Meryl enjoyed it very much.

Brandt tried the Pizza BBQ Pollo.  I am not a BBQ pizza fan, so it could have been the best BBQ pizza in the world and I am not sure if I would have enjoyed it.  Brandt loves BBQ pizza and he thought it was fair and could have used some more BBQ sauce.  It seemed a little dry.

One thing that was great was the portion size.  All entrees we ordered were medium size and I thought they were definitely enough. I even brought a little home.  The restaurant itself is decorated very nicely and has a cozy feel.  Overall I thought the food was just OK.  I would go back and take advantage of their happy hour specials that go till 7.  The bar is nice as you can view the open kitchen.  Carmines has many offerings on their menu, but I would not put it on the top of my list.




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