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“Great food but they don't take reservations so we never eat there” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Carmella's

Carmella's
716 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton, WI 54913
+1 920-882-4044
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Ranked #3 of 316 Restaurants in Appleton
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Appleton, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great food but they don't take reservations so we never eat there”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

I like this place. It's local, good atmosphere, and good food with an interesting menu. But we never go anymore because they don't take reservations and there is always a substantial wait. I like their food but not enough to spend an extra 40 minutes or more waiting for a table. There are other fine places to eat that take reservations or are a little less busy.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This restaurant is Fantastic.The service is Great and the food is the best Italian in Appleton for sure. Everything is fresh and made from scratch. The price is higher but its worth it.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Appleton, Wi
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Food is wonderful. Homemade pasta, and sauce! The tomato soup is awesome as well. I like their eggplant parm, gnocchi, Have not tried the pizza. I would say it is all good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Central Wisconsin, and quite possibly the best fettuccine I've ever had. If you have the option of lobster fettuccine special, get it! It's the balls. The veal is also outstanding and the balsamic they serve drizzled across it is like concentrated beef flavor. It's all good here. Not one bad item, and worth the prices.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Carmella's is immensely popular amongst the locals here in Appleton. It's a lovely place, with good service and a very nice atmosphere. But as a transplant from a very Italian community and an Italian, I'd call Carmella's food fair at best. There are a few quirky things about the place, apart from the food. They don't take reservations and appear to cultivate an air of exclusivity.....they tell you that you can phone in when you're on the way to be placed on the seating list. But no matter how far in advance you all, there is ALWAYS at least an hour wait. I was last there on a Tuesday evening for dinner, and we did wait, but only about 30 minutes. That seemed a little odd to us, as there were multiple free tables, but as we had the time to wait, we did. When we were seated, we our server was friendly. Through the course of our dinner, however, we did have to request refills of drinks a number of times, and more bread/dipping sauce. Our dinner was nice...but that's about the best I can say. The food was good, but nothing special. The portions were rather small. To be honest, we visited Carmella's because we like to support the local economy and some friends had told us that it was a good experience. I can't imagine that we'll go back. The food wasn't any different than anything we'd get at Olive Garden, and was accordingly rather overpriced. The wine was also rather average. Dessert was from a local bakery, which was nice, but again, nothing special at all.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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carmellasbistro, Owner at Carmella's, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your experience at our restaurant. We really appreciate the kind words regarding our atmosphere and service. We are a family run business and take a tremendous amount of pride in all that we do. We are constantly striving to find new ways to be better and to provide every guest that walks through our door with the best possible dining experience that we can. Our Italian family has been in the business of cooking authentic Italian cuisine for our guests here, and in New York, for over 75 years. Carmella's is named after our Grandmother who learned to cook from her Mother and she, in turn, taught our Father how to cook. Every dish at Carmella's is made from scratch with only the best ingredients we can source, often from the surrounding area. Our amazing pastry chef is actually right here on premises and we make all our desserts in house. We do not source our desserts from a local bakery. With regard to our reservation policy, we are in no way are trying to "cultivate an air of exclusivity", but rather are just doing our best to accommodate every guest that walks through our door in the most efficient way we know how. The "call-ahead" policy actually works really well! We accept reservations for parties of 6 or more. If you are less than 6, we ask that you call the day you are coming. We start taking calls for this list at 10 am when a manager arrives. It is best to call as close to this time as you can to ensure that you can reserve a spot on the list at your desired time. It is not best to call on your way in, usually by that time in the evening, the list is full. Being on the call ahead list can reduce your wait by a considerable amount. We do limit the call-ahead list to save room for our walk-in guests. We have found this to be the best way to accommodate all of our guests. We always appreciate support from our community and know that we would not be here without it. We truly hope that you will visit us again in the future.
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