Carmine's Italian Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 525 W 1st Ave

    Kennewick, WA 99336

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  • 509-396-7890

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We had our daughter's wedding reception here and it was fabulous! The food was great, service excellent and the intimate, family dining setting was perfect! Thanks, Carmine and Joyce!
--Gail Park

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We had our daughter's wedding reception here and it was fabulous! The food was great, service excellent and the intimate, family dining setting was perfect! Thanks, Carmine and Joyce!
--Gail Park

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CARMINES is thy Most amazing place to eat! I LOVE this place! They treat you like family the moment you walk in. Carmine is like that grandpa who tells you the most amazing stories and they are personal with their customers. Me and my family always ask for GUS to wait on us cuz he is funny and has that real amazing accent. This place has real at home italian food made but italians! YOu cant go wrong! My family and I have been going there sense they opened and we eat there several times a month. If you want real food that the whole family can love with an atmosphere of warmth, this is the place. Great food, Great conversation, Great Service, Great home made Desserts, Great Family stories! FIVE STARS * * * * * !!

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CARMINES is thy Most amazing place to eat! I LOVE this place! They treat you like family the moment you walk in. Carmine is like that grandpa who tells you the most amazing stories and they are personal with their customers. Me and my family always ask for GUS to wait on us cuz he is funny and has that real amazing accent. This place has real at home italian food made but italians! YOu cant go wrong! My family and I have been going there sense they opened and we eat there several times a month. If you want real food that the whole family can love with an atmosphere of warmth, this is the place. Great food, Great conversation, Great Service, Great home made Desserts, Great Family stories! FIVE STARS * * * * * !!

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We love Carmine's Italian Restaurant. It's like going to a friend's house for dinner. Here is part of an article from the Dec. 27, 2009 edition of the Tri-City Herald.

"Mangia Italiano: Kennewick restaurateur offers taste of old country with feel of home"
KENNEWICK -- The best Sunday dinners are the ones spent at Grandma's house.

If you're from an old-fashioned Italian family like Carmine and Joyce Aitoro, those dinners at Granny's hold a special place in the heart.

"Every Sunday there were about 25 to 30 people who showed up at my grandmother's house for dinner," Carmine said. "I cherish those memories."

That family tradition is what inspired the Aitoros to open Carmine's Italian restaurant designed to provide a homey Italian feel for customers.

Ruth Mertz of Kennewick first visited Carmine's for lunch with friends.

"We love the food and atmosphere, but what really makes the restaurant are Carmine and Joyce. They are such warm people and Carmine is a character (as well as) a walking encyclopedia about life growing up in an Italian family in New Jersey. We never feel rushed and all the photos on the walls are fascinating."

Just as the traditional food at Carmine's tells a culinary Italian story, so do the photos on the walls have their own family yarns to spin. Each room on the main floor in the historic 1929-built home has a theme that maps out the Aitoro family pedigree.

"Carmine took us on a tour of the photos on the walls," Mertz said. "I love the wedding picture of Carmine and Joyce that hangs over the fireplace."

The Aitoros are from Orange, N.J. After Carmine retired, the couple moved to the Tri-Cities, where three of their children lived.

Carmine is more than a colorful character with a great sense of humor who makes a habit of strolling through his restaurant chatting with customers in true East Coast dialect. He's a man with a generous spirit and a kindness that abounds, said his daughter Michele Roth of Kennewick.

"When some of our regular customers don't show up for a while, Dad worries about them," Roth said. "He'll call them and see if everything is all right. And if they're sick and unable to leave the house he brings them dinner to their home."

Carmine does most of the cooking as well as the entertaining at the restaurant, but it's his wife he credits with the brains to run the business.

"My wife was always the progressive type," he said. "She always worked and she's the one who had the sense of adventure to keep us moving to different places. And it was her idea we try opening a restaurant. If it had all been up to me we'd still be living in the same house in New Jersey."

When you dine at Carmine's, there's only one thing on the menu each night.

"Our sole purpose is to re-create a true Italian Sunday dinner experience, so there's not a lot of choices on the menu," Roth said.

One night it might be spaghetti with meatballs, another night lasagna. Everything is made fresh each day, and that includes the desserts, one of which is a traditional Italian favorite called ice box cake. Roth describes the pastry as "the poor man's dessert."

Gary Naccarato of Kennewick says "The hospitality is always great at Carmine's, which makes the dining a pleasant experience, But more than anything I like the fact that I know the menu well enough to know what night he's serving lasagna."

Another charming aspect of dinner at Carmine's is that seven of his 11 grandchildren, including the grade-schoolers, have a job to do. Some wash the dishes, some serve the meals. It's a family affair.

And Carmine doesn't mind sharing his secret family recipes with customers, either.

"I love Carmine's meatballs," said Beth Garrison of Pasco, who has dinner regularly at the restaurant with her husband Mike.

"I asked Carmine what he does to make them taste so good and he told me how to make them using lots of eggs and cooking them all day. We love to have dinner there not only because the food is so good but because the owners are the nicest people."

Donna Roth of Kennewick says feeding her three kids at Carmine's is always a delight.

"My kids are 15, 13 and 11 and each one has a different taste for food," she said. "But no matter what night we go to Carmine's for dinner where there's just one thing on the menu the kids love it. We've been going since they opened and we rarely miss a week."

Whatever the featured meal for the day, the cost for a large serving is $34.95, which feeds a family of four, and includes salad, bread and meat sauce -- or as Italian-Americans call it, "gravy." Beverages are extra.

The restaurant is at 525 W. First Ave. Reservations are encouraged. Call 509-396-7890.

"Think of our menu as comfort food," Carmine said.

And don't worry if your kids laugh too loud or spill food on the floor, he added. That's normal behavior when you're having dinner at Grandma's.

Dori O'Neal: 509-582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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We love Carmine's Italian Restaurant. It's like going to a friend's house for dinner. Here is part of an article from the Dec. 27, 2009 edition of the Tri-City Herald.

"Mangia Italiano: Kennewick restaurateur offers taste of old country with feel of home"
KENNEWICK -- The best Sunday dinners are the ones spent at Grandma's house.

If you're from an old-fashioned Italian family like Carmine and Joyce Aitoro, those dinners at Granny's hold a special place in the heart.

"Every Sunday there were about 25 to 30 people who showed up at my grandmother's house for dinner," Carmine said. "I cherish those memories."

That family tradition is what inspired the Aitoros to open Carmine's Italian restaurant designed to provide a homey Italian feel for customers.

Ruth Mertz of Kennewick first visited Carmine's for lunch with friends.

"We love the food and atmosphere, but what really makes the restaurant are Carmine and Joyce. They are such warm people and Carmine is a character (as well as) a walking encyclopedia about life growing up in an Italian family in New Jersey. We never feel rushed and all the photos on the walls are fascinating."

Just as the traditional food at Carmine's tells a culinary Italian story, so do the photos on the walls have their own family yarns to spin. Each room on the main floor in the historic 1929-built home has a theme that maps out the Aitoro family pedigree.

"Carmine took us on a tour of the photos on the walls," Mertz said. "I love the wedding picture of Carmine and Joyce that hangs over the fireplace."

The Aitoros are from Orange, N.J. After Carmine retired, the couple moved to the Tri-Cities, where three of their children lived.

Carmine is more than a colorful character with a great sense of humor who makes a habit of strolling through his restaurant chatting with customers in true East Coast dialect. He's a man with a generous spirit and a kindness that abounds, said his daughter Michele Roth of Kennewick.

"When some of our regular customers don't show up for a while, Dad worries about them," Roth said. "He'll call them and see if everything is all right. And if they're sick and unable to leave the house he brings them dinner to their home."

Carmine does most of the cooking as well as the entertaining at the restaurant, but it's his wife he credits with the brains to run the business.

"My wife was always the progressive type," he said. "She always worked and she's the one who had the sense of adventure to keep us moving to different places. And it was her idea we try opening a restaurant. If it had all been up to me we'd still be living in the same house in New Jersey."

When you dine at Carmine's, there's only one thing on the menu each night.

"Our sole purpose is to re-create a true Italian Sunday dinner experience, so there's not a lot of choices on the menu," Roth said.

One night it might be spaghetti with meatballs, another night lasagna. Everything is made fresh each day, and that includes the desserts, one of which is a traditional Italian favorite called ice box cake. Roth describes the pastry as "the poor man's dessert."

Gary Naccarato of Kennewick says "The hospitality is always great at Carmine's, which makes the dining a pleasant experience, But more than anything I like the fact that I know the menu well enough to know what night he's serving lasagna."

Another charming aspect of dinner at Carmine's is that seven of his 11 grandchildren, including the grade-schoolers, have a job to do. Some wash the dishes, some serve the meals. It's a family affair.

And Carmine doesn't mind sharing his secret family recipes with customers, either.

"I love Carmine's meatballs," said Beth Garrison of Pasco, who has dinner regularly at the restaurant with her husband Mike.

"I asked Carmine what he does to make them taste so good and he told me how to make them using lots of eggs and cooking them all day. We love to have dinner there not only because the food is so good but because the owners are the nicest people."

Donna Roth of Kennewick says feeding her three kids at Carmine's is always a delight.

"My kids are 15, 13 and 11 and each one has a different taste for food," she said. "But no matter what night we go to Carmine's for dinner where there's just one thing on the menu the kids love it. We've been going since they opened and we rarely miss a week."

Whatever the featured meal for the day, the cost for a large serving is $34.95, which feeds a family of four, and includes salad, bread and meat sauce -- or as Italian-Americans call it, "gravy." Beverages are extra.

The restaurant is at 525 W. First Ave. Reservations are encouraged. Call 509-396-7890.

"Think of our menu as comfort food," Carmine said.

And don't worry if your kids laugh too loud or spill food on the floor, he added. That's normal behavior when you're having dinner at Grandma's.

Dori O'Neal: 509-582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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The aroma is wonderful, along with the Fettuccine Alfredo, with chicken. The garlic bread and salads are very good too. They will let you know what is the best thing to order for your likes.

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The aroma is wonderful, along with the Fettuccine Alfredo, with chicken. The garlic bread and salads are very good too. They will let you know what is the best thing to order for your likes.

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