Everytime I'm in Washington DC, I eat dinner at Carmine's. I've been to all five of the Carmine's restaurants and this is by far the best. Parking is very convenient in the attached garage and the elevator opens directly into the restaurant. With a party of four, we started our meal with the Scarpariello Wings which are marinated, pan fried, and tossed in lemon butter and herb sauce served with fresh fennel and a gorgonzola dipping sauce. Absolutely the best. Despite the large portions which typically serve 4 persons, we all ordered our own entrees. The hidden agenda is that you take home what you don't finish to enjoy at several more dinners. My conventional daugher ordered angel hair pasta with meatballs. There were six oversized meatballs made from beef and veal served with a combination of marinara and ragu red sauces. Any I don't mean the commercial brand Ragu. I ordered the Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana, which was pan-fried breaded chicken cutlet topped with melted mozzarella and served over marinara sauce. My son ordered chicken with lemon and butter, which was thinly-sliced chicken breast enhanced with a rich lemon butter sauce. And my son's girlfriend ordered chicken marsala which was thinly sliced chicken breast sauteed with fresh sliced mushrooms in a rich veal and marsala wine sauce. Even though we were stuffed, we finished the evening with the chocolate torta which is meant to serve 2-4 people. It was a rich, dense, dark chocolate torte accented with coffee and liquor, served with fresh whipped cream, strawberries and two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Good thing my pants button didn't come off, because it would have knocked someones eye out because I ate so much! Sevice was outstanding and the total bill with tip for the four people, no alcohol, was $220. Would I do it again? You bet! Everytime I'm in Washington, New York or Atlantic City I eat at Carmine's. Don't hurt yourself and weigh yourself for several days, but this is one place you want to forget about the diet. And whatever you do, DO NOT go to Carmine's at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. It cannot compare and I wouldn't consider it worthy of the Carmine's name.
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