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Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
8:30 PM
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Carmela's at Macri's

4.4
221 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Our authentic Italian bistro is full of Italian classics. Enjoy rich Italian favorites like homemade lasagna, chicken marsala and pan seared talapia. Relax over a hearty meal of spaghetti and arancini or enjoy osso buco di maiale, one of our old world selections. We also offer American Classics such as Blackened Chicken Club and BLT sandwiches. Or opt for a fresh, lighter fare with our Portabello Mushroom sandwich and our minestrone soup with a side salad of fresh mixed greens. Join us and see why Carmela’s flavorful fare is the taste of Italy.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(574) 280-4824
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carmela Macri
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Catering
Carmela's offers elegant catering selections for your special occasions and business meetings so your Italian favorites can meet you where you are! To request a Carmela's catering order or to set up a catering consultation, please call 574.280.4824.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street Parking is available on Niles Ave. Private parking lot for Carmela's customers only is also available and located off of Hill Street near our bakery entrance.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 221 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewB 
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Service was terrible. Took over 20 minutes to get a waitress to say hello and bring waters, and only went downhill from there. Had a reservation for 6pm and we were stuck there until 8pm. Food came out quickly once they finally took our order, but the waitress acted passive aggressive all night. We asked for more oil for the bread and she made a made a smart comment then over filled the dish onto the table. Ordered dessert with coffee, dessert took 15 minutes to come out and the coffee took an addition 15 minutes after the dessert was served. Once we finally got the check we waited another 20 minutes to have her run our credit card, which never happened. We ended up leaving cash so we could just get the experience over with.

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kayleighj 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The host was a bit rude upon arrival, but the waitress, food, drink and dessert were amazing, and surprisingly not much more than other Italian restaurants. The ravioli were so good with the vodka sauce, and we loved the almond cake. So delicious. We can't wait to go back :)

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was great. I had the spinach and ricotta ravioli! Great flavors. The dessert tray looked amazing! That's on my to do list next time I am there.

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joshuaa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service. The best Italian I've had in quite some time. Don't miss out on the bakery treasures next door. They're wonderful

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first visit to Carmela's. Our only complaint is that we did visit sooner! It was wonderful!

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TheManTheMythTheLegend (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The best thing about Carmela's is the atmosphere. The brick archways and simulated grape arbors over the tables are very charming. The food's good too.

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Plookie (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Warm, cozy atmosphere. Pleasant and welcoming wait staff. Wide menu choices. Well above average in taste and presentation.

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KatherineW (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner the other night at Carmelas!! Our waitress was FABULOUS and knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. She was super friendly and great with our kids. She was attentive but not interruptive or pushy.
The food was wonderful and plentiful. The desserts were inventive and delicious! We would go again!!

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was ok. Way too loud in side you cannot hear to have a conversation. There were pandhandlers begging for money right outside the door.

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RLKismynickname (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Combined business meeting/birthday of one of the members Great cozy table. Excellent food. Our waitress (sorry, didn't get her name; daughter of the owners) was fantastic! Attentive, knowledgeable, courteous, skilled, fun. Great experience. We will be back.

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Jennifer (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was very good and our waiter was exceptional. Everyone was pleasant and it was a relaxing atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Our first time there and we were not disappointed. We had an awesome dining experience and can't wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Most recently, my wife, daughter, and I dined there in mid January. It was our second time there in the past three months. I was stuck right off the bat that our waitress remembered our preferences for appetizers even though it was a month since our last visit.
We had a great Italian meal - again. This is GREAT Italian food! The "bruschetta alla calabrese" and the calamari were outstanding and will always be the way we start our meals there. Excellent was how my wife summed up her meal of vitello involtini. My daughter insists on having the lobster ravioli on each visit - and looks forward to the next time there. My main course was a veal special which was great. We will be visiting Carmela's on all of our visits to Notre Dame. This is Italian!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Fantastic food with exceptional service!

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

First time trying veal and it was smothered in gravy. Very upsetting. Service was great but cook needs to learn how to portion correctly.

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Frances (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The atmosphere and décor is classy and inviting. The wine selection is excellent, I had the sea bass which was flaky, buttery deliciousness. The tiramisu was heaven. Definitely will be going back.

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Cutlygirl (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Hello. My husband and I were in town visiting family for New Year’s Eve and I had done some research ahead of time and so we made a reservation. Extremely lovely restaurant, and great food options. I’m a bit of an Italian food snob I must admit, so I’m a bit picky. The cheese sticks were amazing as our server Pier said they were. I did need to send one back because it had not melted at all. No issue and she actually brought us an extra. That was generous. We had the fettuccine Alfredo with Italian sausage and he thought it was the best he ever had. I agreed. My veal involtini was good, not great. I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the veal. It was a small serving and kind of too dry for my taste. The pasta had little flavor. I thought overpriced but veal is pricey. We wished there was another option for bread, or at least that the bread served was a bit toasted or baked. Didn’t partake at all. Our server couldn’t handle our table in a timely way. Started out ok but went downhill. I was able to speak to one of the managers as we were leaving so she is aware of the details. She didn’t come back for a a super long time. Didn’t bring another requested soda. Didn’t bother to bring us the dessert tray even though she told us about a few items. I actually considered dessert but not at that point. I had much higher expectations for our dining experience overall, but it didn’t quite meet them. If we lived in the area we probably would visit again. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to Carmella's for our anniversary. Service was excellent and the food, oh my, was wonderful ! We will definitely be back !!

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SupperSaturdayEvening (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

It was a decent meal and the food was good, but the dining experience could have been better. Service was slow and the cooked food was only luke warm when finally served. The waitress apologized several times for the delay indicating our order was not prioritized correctly. However, this happened on a previous visit. Carmela's seems to be challenged when large groups of diners arrive on special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Celebrating friendship and the holidays. Great service and food. Just a bit chilly by the door (our only complaint!) but food was warm and delicious. Appreciated being able to make a reservation online with a request to be by the window, especially since two large groups came after us. Despite the large groups our server was attentive, friendly, and helpful.

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