Sunday, June 21, 2009

Carmine's on Williams

The wife and I ate at Carmine’s Italian restaurant on Williams Ave. in Georgetown, on Thursday early evening. We had received mixed reviews from neighbors (One thought it good but dirty, and the other said it was lousy, but clean - go figure.) and we are more than a little curious.

When we arrived the place looked neat, clean and we both thought the décor attractive. A server appeared at our table immediately to take our beverage order. It’s a BYOB place so if you want wine you have to bring it.

My wife ordered the cheese ravioli with their tomato sauce, and that came with spaghetti . I ordered meatballs and spaghetti with the marinara. A small side salad came with both orders.

After we ordered we were served small warm rolls that appeared to have been baked on site, and were nicely seasoned with herbs. Why we got three of them when there were two of us I don’t have a clue.

The side salad was rather nondescript and consisted of one small slice of tomato and a hand full of ice berg lettuce. The lettuce was cold and the vinaigrette was chilled.

My wife’s cheese ravioli were very, very good. Their pasta envelope was silky smooth, and the smooth filling was terrific. We both agreed that they were worth ordering again. The tomato sauce was thick and perfect for the spaghetti cooked aldenti. Her order included six rather large ravioli and I am not sure why they were served on spaghetti .

My meatballs were reasonably light and had a nice beef and herb flavor. My pasta was likewise cooked aldenti and the marinara was rich and flavorful.

We were offered some sort of grated cheese in a glass shaker to sprinkle on the pasta if desired. Might have been Parmesan, who knows?

Carmine’s prices are very reasonable. As a matter of fact compared to Tony & Luigi's Italian Restaurant (Also in Georgetown - see earlier posting.) Carmine’s are a real bargain. Although, I must say that T and L's offered Parmesan grated from a slice.

Here's hoping Carmine's pizza is as good as their ravioli.

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