Fun to hear about your early foodie memories ...
Say - we finally got to Carmine's ... anyone else?
You'll laugh ... my pasta and vegetables was a little bland,
so I ended up adding the olive tampanade that came with the
bread! Brightened up my dinner just fine! The waitress thought
that was hilarious, and suggested I order double garlic or whatever
The next week I went back for a Spinach Salad at lunch,which was just great. Except that as usual, the pieces of the salad were so
big they required a knife. (Restaurants want their food to look
beautiful, not be practical.)
The restaurant is elegant, but lots of families were there. Jeans
and business casual seemed to dominate. The staff is excellent:
Chef and manager come around to be sure you're happy. Prices are about what you'd pay at Macaroni, less than Aldino's.
So many new restaurants, so little Moo-lah! Ha ha.