Italian >Carmine's Ristorante & Pizzeria
1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.936760 -79.024397
Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-9pm
Laid back with good food – Went here with an old friend and it had been awhile since we'd seen each other. We stayed talking over pizza until quite awhile after the kitchen had closed because so many things had happened in our lives. The staff (thanks leslie) was so understanding and kind and did not push us our the door the first second the kitchen closed. She was respectful and gave us space to talk and catch up, but still paid attention to when we needed another refill or the bill.
AND, to top it all off, it was my first time there, and the pizza was amazing! The environment was of a cute little italian eatery, and I feel like I found a little gem in CH.
Best Gluten Free pizza ever! – The best gluten free pizza we've found anywhere! Not overly salty as so many are. The chef came out and talked to us about our menu choices and there were many. Canolli cream for dessert, but gluten free bread pudding is in the works :) Our server was fabulous too.
We will definitely be back.
Tasty Pizza for cheap – They have coupons for $5.99 large carry out cheese pizzas. Take it home, put some toppings on (or pay a bit more and get what you want on it) and you have a tasty meal for 2+ for under $7 with tax. Well done.
Wonderful experience – I had found this place through Citysearch, so my friends and I thought we would check it out for my birthday dinner. We had reservations at 7:30, but didn't get seated until 7:40. They were so apologetic, we received free appetizers and dessert. The Italian garlic bread appetizer was delicious, I highly recommend it. Everyone cleared their plates, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was really perfect. If you are looking for a great venue where you can have a lot of guests and the food is a decent price at excellent quality!
Just like home! – The staff at Carmine's make you feel like family. The food is excellent (coming from someone who is Italian)fresh, delicious and appetizing. Kudos, to the Darius and his staff for always making the customer feel at home. Ciao Louis
Great meal and atmosphere for the price! – I have enjoyed Italian restaurants in Cary (eg, Biaggi's, Vespa, Bella Napoli), and Casalinga in Raleigh. This was by far the best Italian meal for the price of any I have tried in the Triangle.! The atmosphere was clean and modern. I expected more of a modern day pizzeria meal, but felt the meal quality far exceeded my expectations. The ingredients were fresh, the cheeses, the tomatoes, the pasta was well prepared. The owners were warm and hospitable. My only suggestion is more warmth on entry. You won't be disappointed and once the word gets out, this place will be packing them in!
Used to be good--But NO MORE! Never again! – We were impressed by our first visit to Carmine's and I mistakenly raved about it to many people--including my boss. After receiving two shockingly negative reports back about it in a row, we went a third time and experienced what my boss and another friend had. The service was shockingly horrible. As another person on here reports--food is delivered to other tables but wasn't to ours. We were there for lunch and it took over 50 minutes to receive our food. Once it arrived, it was cold and not at ALL like it had been the first two times we had tried Carmine's. My dish was so so so salty it was inedible. The waitress NEVER came to check on us (clearly because she knew the food she delivered up to us was substandard), never once got a refill on any of our drinks (after it took 33 minutes just to receive our drinks in the first place), another 18 minutes for the bill to arrive after we asked for it....and then it was WRONG! The manager (??? I use this loosely--the guy who rings the bills) came over to acknowledge that it was taking long and yet he didn't check with the waitress, check with the kitchen or do anything about it. Even more disturbing is that when I contacted Carmine's about our experience, they simply did not care! . . . a $50 lunch and it was horrendous. Yes, we had two good experiences before, but between the feedback coming back to me from those I recommended the place to, and our last experience, I would seriously recommend you dine ANYWHERE BUT CARMINE'S Trust me, you'll be thankful you did.
Best Italian Food in Chapel Hill – My husband and I have been to Carmine's several times because of the homemade Italian sauce. I know GOOD SAUCE because I make my own. The key to Italian cooking is "THE SAUCE". The pasta, seafood dishes are superb. The thin crust pizza was also very good and they deliver which is an extra plus.
The service is very good, and the waiters are always looking to help you.
My husband and I recommend Carmine's Restaurant, it's the BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN TOWN.
by Mary and Buddy Giordano - Chapel Hill
Great Place to take your Family and Friends – The staff and chef at Carmine's made you feel like you were having dinner with your best friends! If the Chef recommeds a special dish...make sure you order what he says! The Pork Chops with the cranberry and balsamic sauce was the best meal I have had in the area in years! I would recommend everyone add this restaurant to their list!
Italian Food LikeHome – So I drop in for a late lunch and can't pass up the ZUPPA DI PESCE..what a mountain of Mussels, Clams . Calamari and Shrimp in a really nicely spiced sauce over pasta. The seafood was rhe star of the show here.As a relocated New Englander I've missed the North End of Boston's great Italian food, especially pasta and seafood combos. Now its here.
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