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“Gave it Another Try”
Review of Carino's Italian-Amarillo - CLOSED

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Carino's Italian-Amarillo
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Amarillo, Texas
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187 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Gave it Another Try”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Tuesday of this week we got a chance to head back over to Johnny Carino's to have some lunch. We used to eat here at least once a week and sometimes twice a week and at some point felt like the service was lacking and the food just didn't have the same consistency it had in the early days of our experience with them. It's now been a couple of years since we've been back and so we thought ......"Why not give them another try?"

Not disappointed. I ate my usual (Jalepeno Garlic Tilapia) known by the wait staff as "Hot Fish" and was very pleased. The food was very good and very plentiful. The fish was cooked just right and the noodles were pretty much perfect. I know they don't put lots of seasoning on it and I like a bit more salt and pepper but overall the dish was wonderful!

Now to the service. The last few times we were at Johnny Carino's we were very displeased with the service. It was slow, very unprofessional and just had the feeling that they really didn't care. This visit was a very pleasant surprise. The young lady that waited on us was very friendly and very professional. She took care of us the way one would expect service in a nice restaurant. We were glad to see that things had "shaped up" somewhat!

  • Visited August 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
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Thank JohnnyTaylor
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English first
Altus, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic food and rapid service”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

The calamari was done to perfection! I had the penne pasta with chicken and gargonzola and it was sublime. Our waiter was attentive and friendly!

Visited June 2014
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Thank Soregrandma
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
228 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Delicious pasta, a real surprise for a chain”
Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Staying close by we chose Carinos form a whole range of options close by and weren't disappointed. The food was delicious, good value and quick, drinks were ok but a bit pricey and slow, staff were friendly and the place was really clean.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank behappy222
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Lubbock, Texas
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good and well maintained for a chain.”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Try the spicy shrimp and chicken penne. Also the Skillitini is very tasty. Clean and service is good.

Visited February 2014
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Thank raiderred0
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Level Contributor
41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Carino, Carino I love you so”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Excellent Italian food at a reasonable price.
The service is not always the best, but usually good.
Good sangria.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Harry R
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