Carinis la conca d'oro

4.4
436 reviews
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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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LR
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

First time outing. Dinner was very good. There was a larger table of 12-14 in the room with us. Loud but just a family having a good time! Waitress was very busy - May have been short staffed. She was very nice though and we did not mind the slower pace of our dinner.

a
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time. We will be back very soon!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken parmesan special on Thursday was outstanding with pasta and soup or salad. What was also great is that I had enough left to take home. The server was also outstanding and accommodating when we moved to another table due to sun etc. I am sharing my experience with others..

BV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food; service a little soft, unfortunately a family of 5 came in with a 4 year old who was loud and unruly, this was at 8 p.m. and children shouldn't be in that type of restaurant at that hour, in my opinion. Very loud kid.

m
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes Yes Yes Peter makes the best ever Veal meals.

J
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food and flavor were fantastic. It takes a lot to impress me with food and we will be going back!

e
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my friend .Everything was delicious from appetizers to dessert! Always love coming here!!

CC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal on Father's Day. The food was just outstanding. My husband had the lamp chops; our son had the pasta with those wonderful meatballs; I had the scamponi. We shared an order of arancini, and for dessert we shared a piece of tiramisu. The service was only a teeny bit slow, but it was a busy night. All in all, a truly wonderful experience.

GI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

PARTY OF 4. FOOD JUST OK, was expecting authentic Italian. Everyone in our party said food was just " ok ".

d
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our server was pleasant but the service was slower than normal.
My veal was tender and well prepared.
I liked the restaurant but I was not wowed.

d
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pizza is delicious. Fried eggplant is the best in the area.

S
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always !

Have never had a meal that was less than great; service was friendly and attentive. We enjoy the family run atmosphere.

Parking was available within a bloc.

A great selection of entree's and smaller dishes for those with lesser appetites.

Looking forward to our next visit

JN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited with friends. My angel hair pasta (substituted for spaghetti) and meatballs was the best that I have had in a long time. Our waiter may have been new, but hr was pleasant and accommodated by dislike of cheese. Our friends said that their soup and entree was not hot enough, but they did not ask for them to be warmed. Prices were reasonable.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and foremost it’s Great food! We like it because it is also Family friendly.

MP
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our Mothers Day brunch was very satisfactory. The food is authentic, tasty, and inexpensive. The owners/chefs and staff are very attentive and friendly. The restaurant is small and charming. As with several other visits, we were treated like family.

MV
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Pizza was under cooked (seeing they have this awesome pizza oven), I was expecting a great pie. Very little fresh basil on the Margarita pizza as well. We were there on a Sunday and appreciated the 1/2 off bottle of wine Sunday Special they have going on!! The service was fantastic and they even brought out a tiramisu for our Birthday guest!! Great touch and it hit the spot. One piece was plenty for the four of us to share. Like that the Chef came out of the kitchen to chat with the patrons, however; it would have been more meaningful and a more pleasant view, if he had on a clean jacket and not the dirty one he was displaying. I get he is cooking back there but didn't leave a good impression and he looked sloppy. I'm sure that wasn't the impression he wanted to leave his patrons? All in all, it was a pleasant dining experience. Thank you Carinis!!

m
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

To begin, the food was excellent!
We ordered egg plant strips and got the wrong egg plant appetizer. We got no soup spoons with our soup or butter for our bread and had to basically get them ourselves. We waited an inordinate amount of time for our meals. The pizza was supposed to have no tomatoes but did! When we got the bill we asked to see the manager who tried to explain away the problems but offered no reduction in our bill. She eventually credited us the cost of the pizza but offered us nothing else. Ugh!!!

T
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Continued high quality food that is consistent with every visit! Attentive service with great desserts!

l
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always, goob drinks, good service and good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Perhaps the food was just not for us...the staff was friendly and courteous. The waitress did take a while to come back to us while we observed her returning to tables that already had their food. She asked us if we needed a few more minute, then didn’t return for another 20-25 minutes. We had been seated for about 40ish minutes before we actually ordered our entree. Roughly 20 minutes later, we received our entrees. (The soup “Italian Wedding” they served us was tasteless and the noodles(?) were practically dissolving in my mouth.) My partner is never one to complain about meals, but simply could not finish his small portion of cod.

The “baked” cod was very soggy and dry. Not to mention, the plate was comically large and dotted with some green tidbits as if to mimic a full plate. (All while being served a portion of pasta with a sauce - which my partner complained lacked any taste other than that of a plain and mashed tomato.) Yes, the plate itself had collected a small puddle, but my partner observed the actual cod itself may have been over cooked or must have had some mild form of freezer burn before being baked to get that extremely chewy/rubbery texture.

My pasta itself was doused in Alfredo sauce and tasted as if it had been smoked prior to being served. I didn’t enjoy the taste much, but the manager on duty was very kind about our honest review on their food. She took the cod and back and offered to fry another cod for my partner, but at this point our appetite was spoiled. She was kind enough to take the cod off the bill and we’re very grateful for that.

At the end of the ordeal, we simply paid our meal and left. The food was just not for us! We may come back some time for pizza (as most of the positive reviews mentioned) but we’d skip on the dinner portion.

h
Milwaukee
297 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Very good food.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there three times in last month..love food, atmosphere, service etc..Pasta sauce great. There was a bit too much garlic for friend who is allergic to it. Next time, she would ask before ordering. ,

JA
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Carini Family and their staff are excellent at all they do. Food, service, ambiance cannot be beat.

CS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pizza was fantastic. We also had a chicken dish which was just ok. Would rather have gotten another pizza instead

CH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently great food. Take advantage of half price wine bottles in Sunday

DH
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food is really good but our service was so bad it was comical. I've never had such a dumb waitress.

JB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service very good. Menu selections plentiful. Prices reasonable for the area. Special the night we were there, 1/2 price on a bottle of wine.

SR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated promptly. Waitress came immediately with menus, and took our drink orders. The women wanted wine, but uncertain about which one, so the waitress brought samples. Salads were fresh and crisp. Dinners were then served, and were delicious and more than adequate in size. Finally, desserts were the perfect ending to four quality meals. We’ll be back!

NP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was terrific but the food was just ok. I got the "world famous" rack of lamb. I am a huge fan of lamb so I was excited to try it. The flavor was bland, they were fatty cuts and the mashed potatoes had a weird texture. Overall just not worth the price point of $50. My wife licked the pasta and the portion size was perfect for her. Great atmosphere but parking on a Saturday night kinda sucked. Our waitress was awesome. Great personality and got us everything we needed - very attentive and great timing.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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.

E
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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.

SW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but service was slow

JW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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

SG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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.

c
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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.

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!

M
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 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.

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

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

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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