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“An excellent Family run Italian Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carlo's Cucina Italiana

Carlo's Cucina Italiana
131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802 (Allston / Brighton)
617-254-9759
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Ranked #87 of 2,689 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Allston / Brighton
Boston, Massachusetts
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136 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“An excellent Family run Italian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Situated on a block of many ethnic restaurants in Allston, Ma., Carlo's is a small, very popular restaurant with a delicious menu. Late in the evening, you will find a long line but it is worth the wait. From the Antipasto to the pasta to the Entrees there are few things on the menu you will not want to try. I always have the shrimp appetizer but each time a different dinner. The service is great even though it is very busy and the tables are extremely close together. Give it a try and you will, like me, add it to you dining rotation.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
boston
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Hidden Treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by this cozy Italian bistro in an unlikely place. I would have never found this spot if it were not chosen by a friend who dines there often.
The food at Carlos is excellent, the service was friendly and efficient and we left very full. I recommend the eggplant appetizer, the fresh antipasto and the chicken marsala. Everyone ate a different entree and there were no complaints.
Parking is a litle tough but worth it.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A one night trip to Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Three girlfriends and I shared a wonderful girls' night out at Carlo's last night. Our waiter, Gaetano, greeted us with his warm Sicilian salutations and that set the tone for the evening. After a delicious meal and a round (or two) of lemoncello, we were sad to leave our little Italian oasis. It was as if we had taken a one night trip to Italy.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Only Italian restaurant my Italian husband will dine at”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My husband grew up in Naples and is extremely particular about his Italian food. Carlo's is the one and only Italian restaurant that he will go to. We have directed numerous people to Carlo's and everyone has been thrilled with the food, the atmosphere, the service. Bon appetito!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“A throwback”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This cozy, homey place seems like it's from another era. On the Saturday night when I dined here, there appeared to be a mix of "regulars", young couples on dates, etc. The portions are hearty and reasonably priced. Pasta is tender, and the chicken parm was out of this world - delicately breaded and delicious. Highly recommend!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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