Carino's Italian

★★★★★
  • 2333 Sir Barton Way

    Lexington, KY 40509

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  • 859-264-1049

About Carino's Italian

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm
4.75 4
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Ok now I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. There are a few items I like here, but overall, the menu is not for me and I love Italian!!! I am more of a Carabba's girl, BUT thier pizza is amazing and, I know this sounds weird, but when I go there what I love to get and can't get enough of is... the Stuffed Mushroom appitizer and a side of Spinach... That is a meal and a half for me... I actually got the Chicken Marsala with the spinach and I was excited, but I was extremely disappointed with the chicken, but the spinach was a dream. And the Mushrooms were fantastic!!! I am getting hungry just thinking about it... I also tried the roast beef, and it was good, but not spectacular with confetti and all that jazz... anyway, those two things are the only reason why I give this kind of rating otherwise, if they didn't have those things, I wouldn't go back!!!

4
★★★★☆

Ok now I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. There are a few items I like here, but overall, the menu is not for me and I love Italian!!! I am more of a Carabba's girl, BUT thier pizza is amazing and, I know this sounds weird, but when I go there what I love to get and can't get enough of is... the Stuffed Mushroom appitizer and a side of Spinach... That is a meal and a half for me... I actually got the Chicken Marsala with the spinach and I was excited, but I was extremely disappointed with the chicken, but the spinach was a dream. And the Mushrooms were fantastic!!! I am getting hungry just thinking about it... I also tried the roast beef, and it was good, but not spectacular with confetti and all that jazz... anyway, those two things are the only reason why I give this kind of rating otherwise, if they didn't have those things, I wouldn't go back!!!

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I swore off ordering pasta in restaurants a long time ago because it always came to the table an overcooked mushy mess. Then I went to Johnny Carinos and let the menu tempt me into ordering a plate of spaghetti, although I was sure I would regret it. Much to my delight and surprise the pasta arrived cooked perfectly al dente. Not only was it cooked well, it tasted wonderful. Perhaps being able to cook noodles seems like a simple thing, but not too many restaurants can do it. Johnny Carinos can.
But should you want more on your plate than noodles they can oblige you. Everything I've tried, from the Fire Stick Appetizers (not as blisteringly hot as the waiter leads you to believe) to the Chicken Parmigiana (without the soggy breading other restaurants are plagued with) to the Turtle Cheesecake, is all wonderful. I highly appreciate the complimentary bread with the herb and olive oil dip that starts your meal off here.
Service has always been good. We've never had to wait very long, though the place is always busy. Atmosphere is fair. Whenever we think of treating ourselves to an evening out, we almost always end up here and we never regret it.

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★★★★★

I swore off ordering pasta in restaurants a long time ago because it always came to the table an overcooked mushy mess. Then I went to Johnny Carinos and let the menu tempt me into ordering a plate of spaghetti, although I was sure I would regret it. Much to my delight and surprise the pasta arrived cooked perfectly al dente. Not only was it cooked well, it tasted wonderful. Perhaps being able to cook noodles seems like a simple thing, but not too many restaurants can do it. Johnny Carinos can.
But should you want more on your plate than noodles they can oblige you. Everything I've tried, from the Fire Stick Appetizers (not as blisteringly hot as the waiter leads you to believe) to the Chicken Parmigiana (without the soggy breading other restaurants are plagued with) to the Turtle Cheesecake, is all wonderful. I highly appreciate the complimentary bread with the herb and olive oil dip that starts your meal off here.
Service has always been good. We've never had to wait very long, though the place is always busy. Atmosphere is fair. Whenever we think of treating ourselves to an evening out, we almost always end up here and we never regret it.

Pros: Perfect Pasta

Cons: Slightly Busy

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Johnny Carino's is definately one of the best chain Italian restraunts. For starters the bread is very good. I also like to add a ceasar salad to my meal. For an appetizer I recommend the Sicilian Fire Sticks with extra ranch! The calamari, and the mozzarella sticks are also very good! For the entrees I recommend the Chicken Parmesian, the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken or the Timballo. Unfortunately, I have never been able to save room for desert. As for the Italian beer I prefer the Peroni. If you like dark beer they also have La Rossa.

2
★★★★★

Johnny Carino's is definately one of the best chain Italian restraunts. For starters the bread is very good. I also like to add a ceasar salad to my meal. For an appetizer I recommend the Sicilian Fire Sticks with extra ranch! The calamari, and the mozzarella sticks are also very good! For the entrees I recommend the Chicken Parmesian, the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken or the Timballo. Unfortunately, I have never been able to save room for desert. As for the Italian beer I prefer the Peroni. If you like dark beer they also have La Rossa.

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I love Johnny Carinos. The food is fantastic. Whenever I go there I order appetizers, the main meal and dessert. It's all great and the servers are always so nice. My favorite Italian restaurant.

5
★★★★★

I love Johnny Carinos. The food is fantastic. Whenever I go there I order appetizers, the main meal and dessert. It's all great and the servers are always so nice. My favorite Italian restaurant.

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