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Carmine's

424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
626-799-2266
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Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
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English first
San Marino, California, USA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you are looking for good basic Italian food go no further. Friendly service in a nice atmosphere. Their clam linguini is to die for.

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Macomb, Michigan
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93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The menu had lots of selections, was reasonably priced and you got large portions but both food and service were average. Not typical Italian I am accustomed to.

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This review is for the So. Pasadena store. I have not eaten at their Arcadia venue. I've been to Carmine's Italian restaurant/bar a number of times now, and have enjoyed the food. Their soups are delicious as are their salads. The Caesar salad is made with real anchovies and you can ask for extras on the side. The thick, hot... More

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Carmines has always provided heaping portions of pasta with great flavors at a fair price. I was a bit concerned when they remodeled that food quality would suffer but not so. The classic pasta dishes such as the Pasta Gumbi or Pasta Rossa are still great. The pizzas are also a treat.

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Pasadena, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Carmine's in South Pasadena not only have descent italina family style pasta but one of the best pizzas in town. I eat even the crust which I usally dont. They also renovated their "dive" bar and its is now a very good taste lounge.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Nice spot for a fab italian meal. Go for it, you won't regret it. Not far off the highway, so easy to get to!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012 via mobile

I have always been partial to Carmine's-delicious family Italian restaurant but now they have compeletely redone the place and it is fabulous! The decor is beautiful and they have grown their traditional pasta, pizza and traditional Italian fare to now include a SPA menu with healthier choices. Yum! I love their lentil soup, house salad with Italian dressing. My husband... More

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South Pasadena, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

The pizza is great, except the sausage changed when the restaurant was renovated..please go back to the old sausage!!!

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California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

Very good Italian food in large enough portions to take home for a couple more meals. Reasonably priced. Most of the waiters are cool.

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

Myself and my husband went to Carmine's last week for a celebratory dinner, and we ended up pretty disappointed in what we got. The place itself is nice, I was happy to find that the sports bar section is separate from the restaurant, so it's not intruding on the diners. And the restaurant decor is pretty cute as well, when... More

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