New York City is known for its main attractions. You’ve got the Statue of Liberty, there’s the Empire State Building, Broadway…
And then there’s Carmine’s.
It started snugly and comfortably ensconced in New York City on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This eatery is filling stomachs with humongous portions of Italian comfort food as a staple in the city that never sleeps. The family-style Southern Italian restaurant has been impressing Manhattan tourists and locals alike since 1990 with delicious dishes in serving sizes that can be likened to a “wedding feast.” From antipasto to pasta to seafood and other traditional Italian fare, restaurateur Artie Cutler certainly goes for the “wow factor,” both in his portions and in his restaurants’ interiors.
And he certainly did wow. So much, in fact, he opened another location in 1992 on West 44th Street, just a few long strides from Times Square. Next, a new Carmine’s opened in Atlantic City in 2004, then one on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Then, finally, in 2010, Carmine’s brought their family style dining to Washington D.C., (425 7th Street NW) choosing yet another location in the center of it all: a few blocks from the Verizon Center, where the Washington Wizards play and every big named artist stops to do a show, in D.C.’s very popular Chinatown district. Here, because of the numerous VIPs and hungry tourists, according to the restaurant’s site, private groups are a top priority. This is quite a plus for celebs and politicians hoping to have a quiet dinner or lunch without constant interruptions.
But Artie didn’t stop there. In 2013, the latest edition of the restaurant opened up, this time in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on the strip. The Vegas location takes after Carmine’s portion size: With 750 seats and nine private rooms, this location is the largest to date!
Breaking bread is more than just a saying; it can really be a way of life when you eat at restaurants such as Carmine’s that focus on friends, family and fellowship over a hot and wonderfully prepared meal. It doesn’t get much better than that! Mangia!