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Carlo's Italian Bistro
Carlo's Italian Bistro

Carlo's Italian Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carlositalianbistro.com
  • Email: carlositalianbistro@gmail.com
  • Phone: (410) 667-0002
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


    Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, American
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Schiattarella
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Although we do not offer a delivery catering service, we do offer various party platters. Please call for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our upstairs, mezzanine style dining area allows for privacy along with a balcony view of the entire restaurant. It's elegantly decorated and perfect for large gatherings and parties, with enough space to comfortably accommodate 85 guests.

    Our veranda room, which seats about 50 guests, is modernly elegant. Skylights, floor to ceiling windows and hardwood floors paired with cream tablecloths create a warm and home-like atmosphere. Two steps and frosted glass paneling separates this room from the main dining room allowing for a relaxed feel along with ample privacy from the rest of the dining area.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie (410) 982-7700
  • Entertainment: We regularly have live entertainers whose styles are influenced by various artists such as Bocelli, Sinatra, James Taylor and more! Please check our facebook page or call us directly for information on upcoming events and performers.
  • Special Events & Promotions: In addition to our live entertainment, we often hold fundraisers and other special events to help our community. Please visit our website for further information on upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Lane Shopping Center
  • Public Transit: MTA #9 bus line (across from Cockeysville Target)

    Multiple Light-rail access
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Carlo's is located in Church Lane Shopping Center, behind Taco Bell. There is plenty of free parking in both the front and back of the building.
A word from Carlo's Italian Bistro
In the early 1970's, Carlo and Felicia Schiattarella ventured from their small town in Naples, Italy & opened a quaint carryout pizzeria. Three decades later, The Schiattarella family is proudly introducing their 3rd full service restaurant in MD.

Come join us for a delectable experience
at Carlo's Italian Bistro and enjoy authentic, mouth watering Southern Italian cuisine.

We take pride in serving top quality veal, chicken, seafood and shellfish specialties, along with salads, subs and sandwiches. With all of our menu items made fresh to order, we can gladly accommodate any dietary needs and preferences.

Our casually elegant dining room is a perfect setting for a romantic dinner, friendly get-together or business luncheon, along with plenty of space for large parties & gatherings.

Although we do not have a liquor license, we encourage our guests to bring their own alcoholic beverages to complete their dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We are always happy with our meal and service at Carlos. It is one of our favorites. Tim, our server, was most congenial and accommodating!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Dining at Carlos bistro is like dining with family. Food is great lots of it and they treat u like family would eat their every night if I could Love love love that restaurant"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Best Italian food in Baltimore County especially for the price. Veal is amazing. Lovethat they are byob but should only charge the people that need the corkage fee. We didn't bring wine nor drink anyone else'sbut still got the $4.00 fee added to the check."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The recent trend toward noisy restaurants is not appealing to me. I love to enjoy the company of my dinner companions while dining. Carlo's provides a great venue for enjoying the company of your companions. Carlo also make some fantastic food. During my most recent visit, I enjoyed the rock fish special. It was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I had a great time and wonderful meal at Carlo's. Everything we ordered was delicious and reasonably priced. The service was excellent and it was great that you could bring your own wine. I ordered Bruschetta and our waitress suggested adding some fresh mozzerella which made it even more delicious. Each of us had a different entree - one had the veal special, one had chicken marsala, one had lobster raviolli and I had fettucini alfredo and everything was terrific. The staff was very pleasant and let us take our time, so we could talk long after our meal was finished, without rushing us out the door. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and will definitely come back again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As always, Carlo’s gave us exactly what we were looking for – a great lunch. The cheesesteak sub was tender and delicious. The Pasta Fresca was bursting with flavors. Tim provided us with attentive service. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first time to Carlo's. Some of the food was good, some of it was disappointing for the price."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had reservations for 6 but at the last minute 2 more joined us. We moved easil to another table, as they were not full on a Wednesday night.. Everyoneone was in the mood for italian food, and with the exception of the special had varieties of pasta. Veal parm was tender and nicely flavored. The chicken signore was great. and my sister liked the rock with generous portions of crab, but surprisingly liked the flavors of the chicken signore even bettter! We had a good time and never felt rushed, Not complaints in the BYOB find of a restaurant."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Dined at Carlo's several times since posting a review in January. Last night we had the Chicken Francaise which was outstanding, as usual. Restaurants should get points for consistency and Carlo's delivered yet again. But we should add that the 4 "specials" offered by our waitress, Lisa, were enticing, we stayed with the Chicken Francaise and weren't sorry. Did I mention the MUSSELS appetizer? WOW! With excellent portion size too. Now Carlo's offers a Tartufo for dessert! A single ball of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, cut in quarters, with cherry in center. A favorite of ours & likely the only legitimate Tartufo in Baltimore. (Doesn't matter if you're "full" as there's ALWAYS room). One of the best Italian restaurants in Balt."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Whenever I go to Carlo's I always have a wonderful meal. The food is great, the prices are reasonable and the Italian dressing is to die for! I highly recommend trying Carlo's."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our server was a young man who really cared about our needs. He was pleasant and friendly and I would definitely request him again. Fine evening. Fine food."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Carlo's is a great spot for Classic Italian food. Great chicken, seafood and veal dishes with additional specials every evening. And fresh, baked bread with your dinner!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a great Italian restaurant. Wonderful selection of Italian cuisines. This is a BYOB so you can bring your special wine. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We were there on a Friday when they had musical entertainment. Sitting in the main room, you could not see the performers because of a wall section that separates the 2 rooms. If this wall were lowered about 2 feet, the entertainers would be visible. Just a thought"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I love Italian food and Carlo's Italian Bistro offers you authentic Italian foods without the high cost. In my opinion it rivals any restaurant in Little Italy. Love it!!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My wife and I try to dine at Carlo's at least 2 to 3 times a month. The atmosphere is warm and inviting - the food is spectacular - whether you order off the menu or treat yourself to one of the nightly specials (most recent was Rockfish and lump crab meat in a New Orleans style sauce) - and the service is always friendly and attentive. On many Friday nights there is live music for dancing - never too loud - just the right touch to kickoff your weekend. Can't wait for our next meal at Carlo's - go ahead and treat yourself!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Absolutely awesome! We dined with a group of eleven. The service could not have been better. From the owners right on down to the folks bussing tables, everyone is friendly and considerate and the food is always exceptional. This is a great neighborhood find, excellent Italian fare at reasonable prices. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our dining experience was wonderful. The food is terrific, flavorful and exactly what you expect it to taste like. The owners are personable. Enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a delightful dinner at Carlos. It was our first time at a byob and thought it was fun. We will return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "You really will miss this place if you blink while driving down York Rd. in Timonium. Behind a Taco Bell in one of the most nondescript shopping centers around, Carlo's is worth looking for. Add it to the list of great Italian eateries in the area."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had been wanting to try Carlo's for sometime, and finally made a reservation for Saturday. It was even better than we had hoped. The food was very good (we both had veal dishes), our service was outstanding, and the atmosphere is very nice. Because it is BYOB, the price is great too. Would recommend and definitely will go again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have been visiting Carlos's Italian Bistro pretty often lately and have not been disappointed. Obviously we like some dishes more than others, but overall, Carlo cooks up some of the best Italian fare in the Baltimore area. Some of our favorites are the Chicken Parm, Chicken Francaise, Eggplant Parm, Chicken Marsala, the fish dishes, the sweet mussels in a white wine sauce as appetizer, and good desserts too though we are hoping that a Tartufo will soon find its way to the menu. Again, Carlo's is a BYOB, which we don't mind at all. And sometimes there is live music to dance to presented by Frank and Trish, making the evening even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were a party of 4. Had mussels as appetizer. Sweet and delicious with great white wine sauce. We had Bistro salad, fresh and tasty. My wife had veal (very soft) piccata, while I had a special fish dish,Chilean Sea Bass which came with pasta. Both were excellent. Other couple had an eggplant dish and a fish dish, which they like a lot. Service was attentive and caring. Thanks Cory. We keep going back as Carlo and staff are serving up some really good Italian meals."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. Always good food & service"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Terrific food. Very friendly with visits from owners to your table. Maitre d' and waitress very friendly and accommodating. Visit again many times."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have eaten here twice. Each time the staff was very helpful but not too much in view. The food is simply superb. Prices are reasonable and I have seen either the chef or the owner (not sure which he is) walking around speaking to people. This is a BYOB place. You can bring your own wine or beer!!. The corkage fee is minimal and the last time we were here it didn't even appear on the bill. We really, really like it and it may well become our "go to" place."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Loved the shrimp Rolanda appetizer. The veal was among the most tender I 'be ever had."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food is great. Service was great. Location is very convenient."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had an overall very good dining experience. Like that it is BYOB. Most of us found food to be delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great local gem. Food, service and attention to deal is great. We ordered the speciality, veal, and yes, you can cut it with a fork. Went two nights in a row as food was so good! A must eatery in Cockeysville."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "So glad we found this place --- excellent food; friendly but professional service; *LOVED* the opera arias as background music! Wonderful to be able to converse without having to compete with overloud music."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday evening. Very good waiter. Salads and soups came out very quickly. The entree took about an hour. The waiter was very apologetic about the kitchen being backed up. Soup was okay, salad was quite good and the entree was well prepared. Except for the significant delay with the entree, the experience was good."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Looking for top Italian food in Baltimore is challenging when comparing with Italian in NY/NJ. Having said that, the food from Carlo's kitchen is excellent. In particular, the chicken francaise is outstanding with soft, delicious chicken and a "right on" franchise sauce always served nice and hot! It is accompanied by wonderful al dente angel hair pasta, though they'll switch it if you wish. Did I say how excellent the mussels in white wine sauce is? The restaurant is a BYOB, with a $4 corkage fee per bottle. Methinks if you don't change glasses, the $4 fee should cover all you drink, but the fee wouldn't cause us to give up this place. It's unassuming from the outside and nice and cozy within despite high ceilings."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Good experience! Would go back again! Waiter was really helpful!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant, my husband had been there once before for lunch. The food was good, they don't have a bar, it's byob. We knew that ahead of time so we came prepared. Enjoyed the food and atmosphere and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food and the atmosphere us always excellent. We went two weekends in a row! With a BYO policy, you save money."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "nice and quiet. Excellently prepared appetizerand entree. Service top notch"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Been living in Balt. for 3 yrs. and in constant search for good Italian food. Carlo's in Cockeysville comes really close. First, it's BYOB with wine glasses available. Our waitress, Jocelyn, was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Started with mussels - excellent! Ordered Bistro Salad was excellent (min. extra cost) 2 other salads are free with entree. Generous side portion of pasta (pretty much your pick of type) was al dente and excellent and also comes with entree. Entree of veal francaise was super soft - cut with fork and delicious. Chicken francaise was equally soft and wonderful. We'll return here very soon and can't wait. Met Carlo himself and daughter Stephanie. Very pleasant and accommodating."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Just like the title says. Disappointed in homemade lssagna as they used box noodles. Too much garlic in house salad dressing. Reasonable prices. Waited almost 30 mins even with reservation."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Go North! We've reoriented our compass headings from South to North. Carlos makes such great Italian food in a convenient County location and BYOB to boot!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014