I grew up in the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, and I feel as though I've found home over 2000 miles away at Carmine's in Kennewick. My grandparents were Sicilian, which meant that holidays and birthdays revolved around family, laughs, and large portions of home made Italian food.
Carmine's offers not only the best home made Italian food I've ever had in a restaurant, but also opens it's doors and presents their family history to their customers.
Warm lighting, candles, old family photos, and newspaper clippings from heroic events in WW2 all pay homage to those loved ones in their family that served, while italian music softly plays in the background.
Their family heritage is displayed for all to see, and its through this medium that Carmines extends not only its family history, but its family values to their customers. The same values that my parents and grandparents molded me with. So I can tell you first hand that the food is as genuine as the family that works there.
The homemade, fresh bottomless italian bread is crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. The italian salad is worlds apart at a whole new level better than Olive Garden's, and the italian sausage and pasta taste exactly like the sausages that my grandma and grandpa would grind and make by hand over 30 years ago on the other side of the country.
I haven't looked it up yet but I wouldn't be surprised if our families ended up being related or somehow connected. That's how much Carmine's makes me feel like I'm home.
So if you're looking for authentic, old school, delicious Italian home made meals, combined with a cozy family atmosphere, this is the place for you.
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