Carinis la conca d'oro

4.6
407 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
At Carini's you cannot get any more authentic than being in Sicily. In fact Peter, owner/chef, comes from Sicily and takes pride in all that he prepares. Many of the dishes are prepared the same way his mother cooked them. He uses the freshest ingredients and can customize any dish to your liking. His expanse menu offers 5 kinds of spiedini, seafood, pasta, chicken, veal, vegetarian, appetizers including calamari, octopus salad, antipasto plates and much more. He has many imported desserts plus his homemade tiramisu, cannolis and casatta, a yellow cake infused with rum and filled with cannoli filling and glazed. Peter also sells his spaghetti and marinara sauce, garlic olive oil and seasoned salt from the restaurant as well as gift baskets. All of the products can be shipped anywhere in the US. The restaurant can accomodate parties of any size up to 140 people.
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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a great Sicilian/Italian dining experience, I would suggest Carini's. Make sure you go a little early to find a place to park, otherwise you will need to find a municipal lot and walk.

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E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was absolutely exceptional! I would definitely recommend to anyone. The dress and atmosphere was casual, good for a family night out.

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SW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but service was slow

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JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Good friendly service. Nice place. I’ve been driving past this place for years. Glad I finally stoped in.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We were in a small side room that defently had too many tables for such a small space and made the noise bounce around. The food was cooked well but seemed a bit under seasoned, the antipasta plater was amazing though. Server was good but rushed us through. Over all ok and would give it another shot

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SG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked reservations last minute on a Fri. night....got in, attentive waite staff, food was out standing and came fairly quickly. Even though they had 2 very large parties seated just before us.

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c
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Carini’s!!! The food is to die for and the family will make you feel like, well, family! Grab a drink at the bar before dinner to enjoy the best drinks and bartender you’ll find. Everything on the menu is fantastic, but our favorites are the mussels appetizer and la conca d’oro - they sub gluten free pasta for me for an allergy. It’s out of this world. The chef is always out and about checking in on everyone. Hands down most delicious food and welcoming atmosphere.

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GN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent eggplant parmigiana- great wine — great service. No complaints! A wonderful tarimisu for my husbands birthday dessert!

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M
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

This has been a go-to place for us for years. We live in a suburb north of Milwaukee so we have other excellent choices for dining out. But it’s often here that we choose. The last two times we visited we got seated on the “pizza side”. For us that affects how our overall experience is processed. For our most recent visit (my birthday) it wrecked the meal to be seated here.It is often loud, has screaming kids and the distraction of watching someone make pizzas. That’s fine if you are out for pizza. We go to dine. Request the dining side if you want a nice, peaceful meal. Food is always good.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was outstanding from beginning to end. The food was over the TOP great...

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DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Received a gift card for Christmas. My mom and I went this weekend before a Bucks game and it was nothing short of wonderful. The food was fantastic; the staff was helpful, friendly and fun; the owner/chef was very concerned about us liking the food and making sure everything was just as we wanted it. It was a fantastic experience which we plan on duplicating again before another Bucks game. Can not recommend highly enough.

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent - server and owner took great care to ensure our food was exactly what we wanted.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food made with fresh ingredients. Friendly, family service. Always look forward to eating at Carinis.

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RS
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dining experience!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood family Italian. No pretense, just good food and good service at a great price. Highly recommend.

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B
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood here is always so fresh. My favorite (Conca D'Ora?) includes clams, mussels, scallops, and shrimp with pasta and is so good. The staff is friendly and the service is attentive. If you're lucky, you can have their wonderful limoncello cheesecake for dessert. It's homemade, but sometimes they run out, so you might want to reserve a piece when you order your meal. You'll be glad you did!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The chef was fantastic, little long because they were down a person. Our waitress seemed a bit out of it or overwhelmed- it didn’t affect our tip but we had to make our concert. Food was absolutely divine. I’ve never had better shrimp and scallop scampi. Their seafood sells itself!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wine menu was excellent. All Italian wines. Complimentary bread with a side of chopped garlic, herbs and oil was honestly the best table bread I've ever had as silly as it sounds. Ordered a caprese as an appetizer but it didn't arrive until after our entrees (beef spidini and seafood tortellini, both excellent), and the caprese was disappointing for one reason:our tomato had clearly been refrigerated for quite some time, and tasted like it may have been frozen at some point, plus it had taken on a particular fridgey taste. Everything else about the caprese was fine, but the tomato is the most essential part of the dish, and the best capreses I personally have had were made with room temperature tomatoes. We sent the dish back after a bite since it wasn't to our taste, and the server was accommodating enough to remove it from our bill. All in all, pleasant dining experience with mostly excellent food. Will be returning in the future to try pizzas.

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h
Milwaukee
267 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been in a while. Eggplant pasta excellent. Bolanese has change not a favorite. Bar martini was very good. Service very good every where

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. If you like red-sauce Italian food, this is the place.

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RS
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Another nice dining experience!

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AB
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always Carini's is an excellent for a delicious dinner. A true Italian gem on the east side. Pastas and pizzas were excellent along with very good wine and wonderful service.

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HH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been driving by it for some time and finally decided to try it for my husband’s birthday.
The food and the service were amazing! Stefania, our waitress, was so sweet and Peter made us feel welcome once we walked through the door. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I like the place!!! I just wrote down that it was my Fiancée B’day and they didn’t say anything or offered deserts.

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MG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

outstanding food at a reasonable price. will definitely be back.

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JL
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

appetizers were good but the lasagna was pretty weak. i like more cheese

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j
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went to Carinis for dinner before a show in Milwaukee with friends. The service was good, and the ambiance was nice. However, the food was just standard tasting, nothing special. The prices for what we got also added up quickly (dinner for 2 was $100 with tip). When going to a nice Italian restaurant, I have no problem paying that much, but the restaurants I'm used to have much higher quality food.

Overall, I'd rate this place as "just okay."

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KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Server very nice about moving us to a table in a quieter part of the restaurant. Very attentive through entire meal. Food is very good.

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h
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was extraordinarily slow, and wait staff had to be reminded about several items that didn't seem to come when anticipated. A couple things (a side of pasta and a second glass of wine) never got delivered so we eventually told them to "forget about it". My brother-in-law got a tomato-based sauce instead of a white sauce on his entree (he ultimately didn't mind as it was good, so ate it anyway). I thought our waiter was training someone who was shadowing him, but to be honest I'm not sure it wasn't the other way around, and she was observing him. Still, the food was good and maybe on a less busy time than on a Saturday night might service have been better.

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BK
Milwaukee
72 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a very pleasant and delicious dinner. The food was very well-prepared, and the service was friendly and professional.

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M
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Carinis and we loved it. The food and service (Stephen) was outstanding. Also, it was very nice that the owner/chef and his son both stopped by the table to introduce themselves. A wonderful family-run restaurant.

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MG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is such a neighborhood gem. Peter and Jan are so friendly and they will sit and chat all night, sharing stories, asking questions, and cracking jokes. I don't know if it was an off night but we were not blown away by our Arancini or Veal Siciliano like we have in the past. The seafood though was perfectly cooked and so flavorful. The marinara is worth the visit. Wine list is good and priced right. I will always come back.

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l
Milwaukee
85 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took advantage of some of the happy hour specials as well as normal menu entrees. In the end, we had an insane amount of food, for a very reasonable price. Would highly recommend the lasagna. Everything we had was great, but I thought the lasagna was exceptionally good.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had the eggplant strips and they were great! We ordered the pizza because of the hype about the special oven. We also had the Caprese salad to share. The tomatoes were rather tasteless and hard, but this is August when tomatoes should be at their prime. These tomatoes are what you normally get in January. The pizza, too, was a disappointment. The crust was a bit burnt and the toppings were sparse and boring.

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E
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good as always and exactly what we anticipated. And once again the wait staff was superb. Thanks!!

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PS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best wood fired pizza in Milwaukee. Amazing Melenzane Fritte (fried eggplant strips) and calamari.

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c
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and martinis. They make you feel like family!

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KT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and I'm definitely coming back

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LJ
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Waitress and chef were more than willing to adjust our order to "just what we wanted." We will definitely go again, and hopefully, go more often!!

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d
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the fried eggplant (best in town) and pizza. One of these visits will be for other food.service is always excellent.

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