Italian >Carmine's Ristorante & Pizzeria
1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.936760 -79.024397
Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-9pm
Good Food, Service, For Big People – My husband, daughter, mom and I went to Carmines for Sunday brunch. We had a thick crust pizza with onions, bacon and broccoli. The service was excellent. The pizza was very good tasting. They really piled on the veggies. The crust was very well done and hard to cut. My complaint is about the seating and mirrors in the ladies room. They are too big (high). I felt like I was sitting in Papa Bear's chair. Every woman in the place had her feet dangling in mid-air because the booths are too deep. The mirror in the ladies room was so high my short mother couldn't see in it. Who built this place, King Kong? I know the seats would require an expensive overhaul and they do have tables with smaller chairs, but maybe they could lower the mirrors.
horrible customer service – I tried to use a coupon that was less than one week out of date. I always support local business but i will never support this one again. the only reason i was given for not taking the coupon was "we just don't take expired couponst". I tried nicely to explain that it was less than a week old and i could understand if it was even a month or older and that i thought for sure a local business would understand that. Now i've wasted $ for a coupon that i bought for this restaurant specifically. That's not a way to run a local business. I'll certainly be telling my clients and friends about this poor service.
Not Very Good At All – Chose to visit this restaurant from a Groupon I purchased and thought would be good on the same night. Although it wasn't, we decided to eat there anyway. We were served nothing but drinks while waiting for our food (even though we had small children with us). I was very disappointed in the very small servings until I tasted this dog food. I guess they mistakingly thought they were serving too much when they saw how much people left on their plates. The calamari was the worst I have ever had and the pizza was not much better. Service was good and atmosphere was OK. Anyone want a free groupon?
They call themselves a pizzeria? Really? – 6.26.11
Chose to visit Carmine's tonight with a friend because I had a craving for some deep dish pizza. Wish I'd just gotten a pan pizza from Pizza Hut instead.
The breadsticks we were served while waiting on our 16" Sicilian Deep Dish pizza were easily the most bland breadsticks I'd ever been served. The olive oil and spices didn't do much to help. The bread and oil was just plain...blah. I was worried the pizza wouldn't be much better, since it was probably made with the same dough. I was correct. There was just something lacking from their Sicilian Deep Dish. Not enough cheese or sauce or something. That, and the crust was way too hard and overdone to be edible.
I'll give them two stars only because we received a warm greeting, prompt service, and a thank you as we left.
Best Italian Food in Chapel Hill – Our visit to Carmine's Ristorante & Pizzeria in Chapel Hill was amazing ! The Carbanara was mouth watering ! Best Ever ! The wait staff was very friendly ! Great atmosphere ! Good selection of wines ! Highly recommended if you're in the Chapel Hill area ! Looking forward to a return visit soon !
Worst service ever – Worst service in the triangle. The owner didn't let me use GROUPONS although I was following his rules. They waiter laughed at me for trying to strictly follow the rules they created. The place was empty. Just us in the Restaurant. Twisted noodles just a few feet aways was packed at the same time. No doubts why Carmine's was empty...
Excellent Food – So glad to find good Italian food in Chapel Hill. Suzanne was one of the best waitresses I have ever had. I will be recommending that my friends and co-workers try them out.
Amazing pizza! – My husband and I went to Carmine's Wed. night and I was reminded again how wonderful their pizza is! I truly believe it's one of the best in town. They are generous with the cheese and toppings, and the crust is light and wonderful. My husband ordered spaghetti with meatballs in the Bolognese sauce. He said it was wonderful as well. On top of that, they had 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesdays, so we had a really nice meal. Highly recommended!
service ala N.Y/N.J – We are from L.I.,N.Y.We found pizza heaven here and decided to try eating in since our hostess LESLIE all along has been a true blue waitress/heroine ala the NY/NJ people.She encouraged us to dine in.
We adored the chicken parmigiana and house salad.
I do think the bread needs more toasting than just a bowl of oil to sop it up with and my hubby was a bit mad that his shrimp fra diavlo was over-cooked .
But let me take home a large wonderful pizza for 5.99 and I am there along with a calzone.
Think we will stick to LESLIE'S choices of specialty pasta's as she was one true waitress that loved her customers and felt so well of where she worked.
The cheeses on and in anything at CARMINE'S are addictive.The taste of their pizza is nothing short of beautiful with yummy cheese oil.(you N.Y and N.J. people know!)
Better hope LESLIE is your waitress..she is the authentic eastcoast gal with a smile,story and honest.
Great Food, Great Service!!! Try it !!! – OK so here it goes,, short and sweet and to the point !!!! Went to dinner with a dear friend/ co worker !!! First off,, very happy, casual ambience with smiling servers !!! Helpfull with decisions for apps,,,, and the bruschetta was so fresh and melted in your mouth,,, it is my go to app so I know what I am talking bout people!!!!! Then next up was Shrimp Scampi which my spunky silly helpfull waitress helped pick out,,,,,my co-worker,,,chicken parm.......Well after my friend bit into her parm and says OMG this is so good,,, as I see steam coming off of it,, piping hot gooeyness of love,,,I admit I was jealous,,,,then I had my first bite of scampi,, first thing you notice is it is so piping hot that it was a welcomed change from the room temp food you can sometimes get,,, but then you taste the butter, garlic, wine and olive oil,,,,Holy Smokes people it is the real deal,,, it was like a bowl of spring,,, fresh ingredients and top quality ingredients all the way !!!!!! Go as fast as you can to CARMINES !!!!!!
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