Carmine's is intimate, homely, and in decor, layout and 'feel' something of a time warp. More like a very good cafe than a restaurant. It is very much 'an experience', with the Italian owner/chef easily in view as he works away, the tables simply laid, and room for no more than around 20 or so customers who are quite tightly packed in and who may even be asked to 'move up a bit'. Pick your way around the menu, and you can enjoy excellent value. At times, the banter between the staff and between staff and customers (there are lots of regulars) is quite a comedy turn too. Mine host is a dab hand at garlic mushrooms for starters, and makes splendid pizzas, and my wife and I are always made to feel most welcome. Nothing fancy about any of it, but as a pre-theatre experience it is as good a warm-up act as you will come across, and something of an Aberdeen institution.
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