try it for date night!
We went for an early dinner before the theatre. Romantic table, excellent service and delicious food! This is my second time at Carmela's--once on a date and once with a large group of girlfriends--and both visits were fantastic. I would definitely recommend it. Prices are very reasonable too.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the better Italian
One of the better Italian Restaurants in South Bend. Not earth shattering, but really good.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice ambiance and food.
Very nice ambiance and food. Service is great! Will be returning soon.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pretty good meal
I have been to Carmela's on numerous occasions. I had the pork chop dinner and it was very good except the chop was a little overcooked for my taste.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian Food in South Bend
This is a great place to stop for dinner after an ND home game. Reservations essential. The staff was friendly and prompt - really hustled. The menu features old-time Italian dishes, but the recipes are somewhat different than we see on the East Coast. Good choice of sauces. Good bread, served with spiced olive oil. Spinach salad was good, although the recommended raspberry vinaigrette dressing was unusual for this dish. Entrees were served HOT. Portions were good-sized but not over-sized. We didn't have room for dessert.
Wine list is very limited. We would have appreciated the opportunity to purchase a Chianti Classico Reserva to go with our meal, but none was offered. The house Chianti was just "OK".
We will return.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Scallops & mussels & shrimp, Oh My!
We entertained an old friend Saturday night who is leaving the area. Carmela's was the perfect setting. It's a beautiful and romantic feast of Italy for the eyes even before the first shred of fresh parmesan hit the plate. Our server, Heidi, was friendly and attentive to our every need. My friend and I each had the Cioppini which was an scrumptious menage of shrimp and scallops and mussels over a bed of linguini with marinara. There was a nice little spicy kick but not too hot, just right! We had a terrific time and loved our meals... twice (there was much left over).
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice evening
Arrived and promptly seated despite being 20 minutes early.
Staff very pleasant. Limited but nice entree selections.
All in party enjoyed their entrees , portion sizes were perfect.
No room for dessert.
Priced a little on high side but worth it.
Will visit again next time we are in town.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time in South Bend
We went here for dinner for my husband's birthday while we were visiting South Bend for the first time. We had a great experience here. The bruschette alla Calabrese appetizer was fresh and yummy. My husband had a spinach salad, which he enjoyed. I had a dinner salad with the white balsamic vinaigrette, which I loved. I'm going to experiment and try to re-create that dressing! Hubby had the veal marsala and I had a gnocchi dish with a creamy pesto sauce. We enjoyed it all. The wait staff were all friendly and attentive. It was a busy place, obviously popular, and they seemed to handle the crowd well. We made the reservations well ahead of time, and I do recommend reservations, especially for larger groups.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM