Carinis la conca d'oro

4.5
365 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 963-9623
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Carini
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Catering
We cater up to 100 people. We supply food and serving equipment and remove when dinner is done. Menu customized to your liking and pricing negotiable. You deal directly with owner so there is less room for confusion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Edgewood
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Parking details
Meter and non-meter parking. Parking lot on corner of Edgewood and Oakland 1/2 block north of restaurant.
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Public transit
On corner of Edgewood and Oakland 1/2 block north of restaurant
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Entertainment
NEW SEASONAL MENU April 2013!!!!! Adding more TVs for ALL sporting events we are able to get, and enjoy $2 Miller Lite Taps as well! Daily drink specials with our Happy Hour Mon through Friday.
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Special events & promotions
****Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, 3-close, Half Off Appetizers, Drink Special
***Sunday, Half Price Bottle Wine with purchase of TWO(2)Dinners
**Wednesday, All You Can Eat Pasta, $12, open to close
Carini's offers our entire menu for Valentine weekend. We also offer Easter and Mother's Day Brunch. Our Father's Day offers hearty meals for your Dad as well as the full menu. On Christmas, we can accomodate your holiday party up to 140 people. On Christmas Eve Day, the restaurant is closed, but you may order carry out seafood, spiedini; in fact, our entire menu is available for carryout. On New Year's Eve, we offer a special menu of many of our featured entree's and many of our popular dishes.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 365 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.4
service
4.1
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food, awesome authentic pizza & pasta, and service was exceptional. Will definitely return. Hard to tell in the dim light, but it could use a little sprucing up…then again, we were not there for the Decour, and it was clean. This experience is more about the quality food and the company.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a wonderful experience! First time dining here, the food was absolutely delicious, everyone enjoyed their meals including appetizers and desserts. The owner of the restaurant also stopped by our table several times during our dinner to introduce himself and tell us about a few stories of the authentic Italian foods that are on the menu! We will be back and will recommend to family and friends

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This was a graduation celebration and turned out perfect. The food was excellent

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Absolutely delicious food. My family of 6 (4 kids, 10 and under) all loved their meals and my husband said the rack of lamb was the best he's ever had.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We waited almost two hours for our food. Although the hostess had an explanation when I sought her out, she didn't come to the table. Waitress was not particularly attentive and only stopped to apologize for the delay. Although we were told the drinks and dessert would be comped because of the wait, only one glass of wine and dessert were taken off the bill.
Honestly the food was okay but not worth the wait.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing as always! San Pietro is my favorite dish. My husband ordered his chicken parmesan. One of our favorite places to eat!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This was the first time my friends and I tried this place. The food was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always a pleasure. The chef and staff are so accommodating and friendly. It's a cozy atmosphere and the food is superb. They are flexible with ordering and ingredients and there is something for everyone on the menu. Even half price bottles of wine on Sunday! Wish we could go every week but a little too expensive for that.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

No table available when we arrived. Seated next to kitchen door. Hostess didn't care much. Good food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Never disappointed with the food and service. One of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Delightful and delicious. Mr Carini even stopped by the table. Ur food was delicious! Can’t wait t go back!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Not in our neighborhood...but a go to spot when we are looking for authentic Sicilian cuisine. Great seafood selections too! Haven't had a chance to try their pizza because the other items are so intriguing.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had a reservation and were offered the option of sitting at the bar or going to our table immediately. We were seated immediately and had our drinks at the table. The waitress, Katie, was pleasant, efficient and knowledgable , The food was very good. The salads were fresh, the tomatoe soup home made, clamari light and tasty. We enjoyed Spagetti Bolognese, Pomodo Fresco (sauted tomatoes with garlic and wine sauce)and San Pietro (sauted shrimp.) The Lemoncello cheese cake was wonderful and shared among the three of us. The atmosphere was cheery with Italian singers featured on the background music. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had dinner at an empty bar as an alternate to no tables available at 7:30, It was perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Very flexible menu and waitress was fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Exceptional! I haven’t had an Italian meal that delicious since visiting Little Italy in NYC.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful food, delicious cocktails, and a fun family that welcomes you right in. This restaurant has become a new favorite.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was excellent as always.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We keep intending to try some of Carini's traditional Italian dishes (lasagna, etc) but enjoy the pizza so much that our focus is narrowed to that. It is distinctive because the crust is so amazing, with just cheese and sausage and onions. Egg plant strips, good Italian beer and wine round out an almost ideal meal.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent Pizza - best in Milwaukee and better than any I've had in Chicago!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Carinis is a great restaurant! We're so glad that we tried it. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the food was amazing!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food is very good for a neighborhood restaurant that has remained true to its roots. Our server and the entire staff were very friendly. We finished our meal by sharing a blended Grasshopper. Our server said the bartender uses 5 scoops of ice cream in each one. It was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Everything on the menu is great but my favorite is the lamb! Best in town. The owner makes rounds to tables to see how you enjoyed your meal.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Absolutely outstanding food and cocktails. One of the best meals and dirty martinis we’ve ever had. Love!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Incredible spaghetti and meatballs. If you grew up eating Italian food with your Italian family, this place will not disappoint. The owner is quite friendly, too, and stopped by the table to chat without being at all invasive. Overall, I'd highly recommend this place for a laid back dining experience.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a quiet Sunday evening Italian dinner. I thought my spinach pasta with shrimp and scallops with a delicious sauce was outstanding. My wife had lasagna which she thought was just average. It had a heavy tomato sauce over the top which she thought was overpowering. A homemade lemon cheese torte for dessert was a highlight. The menu offers a wide array of authentic Italian dishes. The service was friendly and relaxed. It is not a place to dine in a hurray.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The location was very busy, always a good sign. All employees connected with this visit were overly friendly and accommodating. Although the food was very good the pizza was not my favorite type. Don’t let that stop you! I would recommend to all

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food and service was excellent.
The bathrooms need updating.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our favorite authentic Italian place on the east side. Always our top pick for date night. Half price bottles of wine on Sunday, can’t beat this place. Pizza is out of this world.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I went here for an early Valentine's day dinner hoping to try their wood-fired pizza which won 1st place in the "Best of Milwaukee" 2017. Overall the food tasted fresh and not pre-made or like it was previously frozen. Except the pizza was just bland. I was not impressed. I usually don't judge a restaurant by its decor or ambiance but this place should invest a little money in their interior design, its just tacky in my opinion.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Delightful & scrumptious! Serenity met our every need, was prompt, courteous, and welcoming. Met the owner as well. The veal marsala was extraordinary! Great wine list, too. We were treated to tiramisu since it was a B'Day celebration. That was unexpected and very kind.

Only downside is finding parking in the middle of winter on the east side. Oh well :))

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistently excellent service every time I have visited! Delicious food, pleasant staff, nice ambience. Our server this weekend (Happy) was the best!! Can't wait to go back. Definitely check this restaurant out!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

this is not the first time we go here....we went for my 83rd birthday along with my two children (46 and 42). great food and good wine.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Reliably good food. Attractive decor. Pleasant staff.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Carini's is a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant with fabulous Scilian food that draws people from all over the city. Food is cooked to order, and don't be surprised if the chef comes out to say hello.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food! Authentic Italian food! Casual atmosphere!

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2018

After reading several reviews of this restaurant, I had high expectations and was eager to try it. The place was homey, and obviously a gathering place for locals. The highlight of the evening was the service which was excellent. The food, however, was a disappointment. Everything was too garlicky, even dishes that were not advertised to be so. I ordered the scampano. The pasta was dry and without oil, butter or sauce, and the 2 shrimp were over-cooked and very tough.

Originally from Chicago, where there is a large Italian presence, we are used to great and authentic Italian food. This experience was less than optimal.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

very busy on a Saturday night but Open Table got us a reservation and we were seated within 5 minutes of expected. had pizza for first time and crust was perfect (chewy without being undercooked and sauce and toppings great. I like a little more sauce out to the edges but my 2 companions loved it as is. server was polite though rushed and took time to joke and greet with us. another great experience!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our first time there. Every course was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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