The Forum Shops at Caesars is home to the first West Coast location of New York City's legendary family-style Italian eatery, Carmine's.
Eating at Carmine's is designed to remind you of eating Sunday dinner at grandma's house or feasting at a big Italian wedding. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and thousands of photographs line the walls.
The restaurant has consistently served the same classic Southern Italian-style recipes for 23 years. Carmine's is famous for its large portions, which are all served family-style and meant to be shared. Entrees can serve 3 -- 5 people, so be sure to bring a group.
A variety of appetizers are available including spicy scarpariello wings, garlic bread and fried zucchini, which is thinly sliced and breaded and served in a heaping mound.
Guests can order just about any kind of pasta from angel hair to linguine, penne, spaghetti or rigatoni and then pick a sauce. Sauces include red or white clam sauce, ragu, pomodoro, garlic and oil, marinara and many more. Other pasta dishes include penne alla vodka, lasagna and ravioli.
For those who are looking for a meat dish, the menu offers chicken marsala, chicken parmigiana, veal cutlets and veal scaloppini. A variety of seafood options are also available including a mouthwatering salmon oreganata or shrimp scampi.
If you're a beef fan, don't miss the 46-ounce porterhouse Contadina -- tender porterhouse steak broiled with sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions.
If the main dishes aren't enough for you, sides like a delicious nine-inch-high eggplant parmigiana, sausage and meatballs are also on the menu.
It's difficult to save room for dessert, but it's a must at Carmine's. Try their bread pudding, chocolate cannoli, tiramisu and the famous Titanic sundae -- chocolate torte, ice cream, bananas, strawberries and whipped cream.
All dishes can be complemented with fine Italian wines including Carmine's own label from their vineyard in Italy.
The 28,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant can seat more than 700 people and offers nine private dining rooms, which are well suited for parties, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. In fact, one room features a bridal room complete with a private restroom, sink, couch and television. The room also has a small outdoor terrace overlooking the Linq project on the Strip.
The bar area at Carmine's serves the full menu as well as a smaller bar menu. All seats at the bar have purse hooks, which the ladies will appreciate, and USB ports to charge your cell phones. Don't have a charger with you? Just ask at the hostess stand and they will be happy to give you one.
With the portion sizes at Carmine's it's likely you'll be wanting to take some food home with you, but that's not always easy if you're planning to do some shopping at the Forum Shops or you're attending a show at Caesars Palace. It's not a problem at Carmines -- they'll hold your food for you in their refrigerator and you can pick it up later.