From the kitchen's of Italy and trattorias' of New York's Little Italy, to the tables of Carmine's Restaurant, owner Carmine Competelli and partner Kim Pappaterra serve up delicious meals, unique wines, warm hospitality, and outstanding service to their guests weekly. Carmine's plays host to everyone from Hollywood elites, Century City's business community, longtime regulars, to neighbors and families in a cozy, relaxed upscale bistro setting.
Chicken Parmigiana, Sole Sorrento, Kim's Mom's Sausage, Baked Ziti, Bistecca Di Fiorentina,and the best Meat Sauce and homemade Tiramisu on the West Coast are just a sampling of our most beloved dishes.
The full bar, eclectic wine list, daily specials, and late night live entertainment insure we have something for everyone. Every night is a party at Carmine, and your invitation is always open! Pace, Salute, Amore!
Rushed and rude waitress. So bad, it was actually humorous as we couldn’t believe how bad the service was. Food was expensive for the quality received. Potatoes were cold and the Chicken Marsala was pretty tasteless. Restaurant was cute, bummer it was such a bad experience.
I imagine Carmine's Ristorante once was a good restaurant, because the night we tried it, there were many people dining who seemed like "regulars". Sorry to say the best thing about our evening was our server, Jessica, a lovely and knowledegable wait person who tried her best to overcome what quickly became apparent to us: the all too obvious shortcomings: Carmine's needs 3 more Jessica's, at least 2 more busser's, and what seemed to us to be poor coordination between the kitchen and the dining room. The food which was billed as "New York Style" wouldn't last a month in Manhattan's Little Italy. Case in point: my wife ordered Linguini w/Clam Sauce. What was presented to her was fairly well cooked Linguini topped with canned bland minced clams spooned into empty clam shells (hope they washed them). The Arugula Salad was served with a bland and busy dressing which completely ruined the idea of having an Arugula Salad. My side of Spinach sautéed in garlic and olive oil tasted like defrosted frozen chopped spinach, as in Bird's Eye. My "4 Cheese Ravioli in Marinara Sauce" was covered a dark red heavy sauce which looked tired. We sort of felt it when we walked into the dimly lit and congested dining room (and not in a good way), that it was not going to be one of our better dining experiences, and we were right. Plus, the table of screaming kids in the front didn't help. Or maybe it was just one of those "bad nights" every restaurant has. Then again, maybe not.
Best vodka pasta sauce ever
The people here are fantastic. The history and care in the place - beyond! The food, the ease and vibe, everything about it is a brilliant welcome to Los Angeles and all it stands for.
Loved the ambience! You can have dinner and a conversation and actually hear one another. Our waitress didn't rush is out of there. Wonderful experience!
I am a little iffy about giving an outstanding review. My dinner was excellent, but, I felt the staff was a little off. The staff was not warm, I object that wine by the glass is not priced, one of my guests needed help and no one came to help. Because of the location, we will return, but that is the only reason. We live in an area that offers excellent Italian food.
Our waitress was terrible. Did not fill up your drinks, no bread, did not check on us. Made reservations however had small table. Small proportions. Terrible service by waitress ruined it.
Carmine’s, which is my neighborhood “go to” place, was great as usual!
Terrific food and great service in a wonderful (and historic) setting!
What more could any hungry diner want?
Classic. Wonderful service and food. Very comfortable dining for our party of eight celebrating a family reunion and birthday.
If you're looking for a neighborhood gem that serves delicious Italian food in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere, look no further than Carmine's. Try it once and you'll return often.