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“American Italian” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Johnny Carino's

Johnny Carino's
Ranked #5 of 103 Restaurants in El Centro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ottawa, Canada
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160 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“American Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

Early dinner tonight and the place was to capacity at 4pm. Salads are extra when ordering just a small heads up. My peperoni pepperoni pizza was cooked in a wood fired oven and came out light and crispy. No real hint of smoke flavor but that was ok since the pepperoni was extra spicy. A good pie that passed the slice fold test. My wife had the lasagna and I traded a slice for a taste. Ricotta was fluffy and the sauce was rich and flavorful. Portion size is perfect. Great place and if you get a choice sit near the open kitchen to get some great entertainment of the flurry of activity they call the dinner rush.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
185 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Just awful.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

Bad service, bad food. Ordered the Rosemary Chicken. Do not do that. Not rosemary... It was like they made a sauce out of store brand Italian dressing and a lot of corn syrup, then glopped it onto everything. Rolls contain fennel - which is good if you like fennel. "Fresh" vegetables were fozen. Spaghetti was also pretty lame, but at least it was edible. Cannot recommend.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Sonoran_Skies
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El Centro, California, United States
Level Contributor
76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Service and smiles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Carino's serves excellent meals with a super special almost every day! Hands over a much better choice than Olive Garden. The bar has a special drink and food every day. Not a bad thing to say about this franchise eatery.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Sue L
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Edmonton, Canada
Level Contributor
136 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Love this one,,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

After a terrible experience at the restaurant next door, we proceeded to this one and it was sure worthwhile. Our food was awesome, the service was great. We would certainly eat here again. Lasagna is one of the best I have eaten. Lunch menu is reasonably priced with great size portions.. Can't go wrong with this one...

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Sylvia635
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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89 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Dinner, January 31, 2014”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

Very busy at 6 PM but we were able to score a table in the bar. Noisy! We had to talk very loud to hear each other. Food was just so so. My Chicken Parm was over cooked and dry. Service was just average. Our server came to our table very fast and returned with our drinks promptly but to get refills we had to flag her down. Probably will never go back on a payday Friday!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Barry C
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