**** (4 stars)
When someone tells you a restaurant serves large portions, you probably think you know what to expect. You don’t.
Carmine’s is a restaurant you want to go to as a group of eight, and then order two dishes. I’m not kidding. You’ll leave full. Four of us ordered two dishes, and left with an eight-pound bag of food.
We started with the cold appetizer plate. The calamari salad was particularly noteworthy.
The Penne ala Vodka was very good, properly al dente. Truth to be told we also had a side of meatballs. A side is eight meatballs the size of baseballs.
Service was good, and the large, crowded dining room is not as loud as you might expect.
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant – Times Square
200 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036