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“Memorable, but not in a good way”
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Carino's
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

The host staff was very friendly and helpful. The bread was very good. Our waitress was not good at all. The kids food came out very fast but our food took forever to arrive, and two of our dishes were cold. The food had little in the way of flavor, and the meatballs in particular were really bad. It made me angry that I had to pay for something so unpleasant.

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Thank muff75
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

One rarely has room for dessert after eating here. The food is very good and the service is friendly. Mondays are family nights that offer the family platters at half-price. Overall, one of currently one of our favorite places in the area

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Thank acadiatraveller
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

We had to be in the Pittsburgh suburb Monroeville on two consective days. On the first day, we used the iPhone to find a restaurant for lunch, and found "Johhny Carino's Restaurant". Its location was in the Monroeville Mall. We arrived there at about 2 pm. There was parking in the mall lot in front of the restuarant but most of the places were taken, and we had to drive around for a few minutes before a spot opened. They were advertising a special lunch offer until 4 pm. Everyone we met was pleasant and welcoming. We were seated quickly. Our waitlady, a pleasant young woman who proudly told us that she was a Pittsburgher born and bred, was very charming. She told us that the restaurant was part of a "small chain" but it was individually owned, and gave us ample advice about the menu selections. She started us off with warm bread in a paper bag and olive oil with spices and roasted garlic for dipping. This was an absolute standout as far as we were concerned. When she saw that we were very pleased with the bread, she brought out some more bread. The salads were excellent - fresh and flavorful. For entrees, we tried the pasta dishes - they were delicious and quite filling. We also had a dessert and coffee. During our meal, the waitlady came by our table frequently and asked if there was anything else we needed. She also gave us little nuggets of information about the area - e.g., that Pittsburgh is second only to Venice in the number of its bridges, and that if one considers the fact that Venice is mostly built on water, and Pittsburgh is mostly built on land, Pittsburgh would rank as the city with the most bridges in the world! By the time, we finished, it was close to 3:30 pm. We throughly enjoyed the experience.

We returned on the following day at about 3:15 pm. The place looked deserted. We went in and found that only the bar area was open. A harried-looking man seated us at a table. There was no one there except for us and a woman seated at the bar drinking red wine. After a few minutes, a tall, athletic-looking, dark-haired man appeared and asked if we were having a late lunch. We answered in the affirmative. He then disappeared. A little later, he returned with menus which he silently laid on the table. Then he disappeared again. We knew the menu having seen them yesterday. After a short while, he returned and took our drink and food orders - lemonade, a pasta dish and their signature special pasta in a skillet. Recalling yesterday's experience with their warm bread, we waited for him to bring it but it was not forthcoming. One of us then mentioned the bread to him. He said "Yes, that's standard - I'll bring it soon". And a few minutes later, he brought it out. Before we had time to sample the bread, the food arrived - flavorful and hot. We ate quickly and left soon afterwards.

There was a big difference in the attitudes of the people we met on the second day - they seemed hurried and busy and we got the impression that we were somehow imposing on them. Perhaps this was because we came later in the afternoon, or perhaps they were short-staffed. Whatever the reason, we were less thrilled with the restaurant on Day 2 (the food was fine, but the service, though efficient, was brusque, bordering on surly). We resolved that if we return for lunch it will be between 1 & 2 pm and we will make sure that we are seated in the main restaurant (not the bar) where the waitstaff were pleasant and made the experience emjoyable.

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Thank walhala
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