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“Terrible - I will never return”

Carlucci Downers Grove
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Ranked #60 of 172 Restaurants in Downers Grove
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Butterfield and I355
Description: For nearly 25 years, Carlucci Restaurants have been known for great food, wine, and exceptional service. All served in a stylish, yet casual atmosphere.At Carlucci we are committed to giving our customers a truly unique Italian dining experience that is inspired from our many visits to Italy.Whether it's a business meeting, family dinner or any special occasion we have a variety of banquet menus and private party rooms that will meet all of your needs and expectations.
Reviewed January 11, 2012

I knew we were in trouble the minute we stepped in the door. The hostess never lifted up her head to greet us, just asked for our name. Dirty, empty candy dish sat on the hostess stand. The bathrooms need major maintenance. Each person at our table was given a different version of the menu - hard to know what to order. Service was very sloppy. It took forever for our salads to arrive. Two minutes after our salads arrived they started to approach the table with our entrees. They turned around when they saw we just go our salads. So our meals set under the warming lights while we ate our salads. The restaurant has huge potential but suffers from some serious flaws.

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2  Thank Bzybee214
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Went on a Wednesday, helpful friendly bartender, $5 martinis and appetizer specials in the bar+++
Calamari was OK, dipping sauce unremarkable. Shrimp was good.
Meal was expensive and not as flavorful as expected. Soup served in cold bowl, the fat congealing on the rim of the bowl.
Not bad but not worth it knowing what other wonderful meals are available at restaurants in the area.

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1  Thank nursenjm
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

The thin crust pizza is PERFECT. Great, crispy crust, fresh tomato sauce flavor, real mazzorella cheese. The pasta bolognese sauce was a little weak on flavor, The pasta with alfredo was a little bland. Great wait staff. Overall it was a pleasent and enjoyable place to dine with busienss cohorts.

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Thank MrFoster
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

I was forwarned, but decided to give it a chance. I should have listened to the warning. Slow service, after we told waiter that we had a time limitation. He brought the wrong bottle of wine to the table and since it was already opened we agreed to it. Drinks are VERY expensive. Food was so-so. My paste was barely warm. Waiter disappeared for long periods of time. No soup or salad or dessert. Just the entree of lasgna, chicken parm, pasta and shrimp and grilled salmon and a glass of wine for 4 people-the bill was over $125.00. The lasgna and chicken portions was large, but the salmon was tiny with no paste or anything else. There are better and more reasonable places--RUN

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2  Thank 2picky49
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Reviewed October 20, 2010

I love the bar atmosphere at the Downers Grove location but the service from the bartender was terrible. Please apologize on my behalf to the bartender that I interrupted her texting time. You should have a rule that no texting is allowed during work hours.

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2  Thank cyndimartinez
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