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Carbone Ristorante Italiano
Posted by Perignon on 07/12/2007
This little place was great - outstanding pizza, wonderful baby octopus, delicious pastas and the best focaccia I've ever had. We ate here whenever we were in the neighborhood. There was a lovely garden to eat in when the weather was nice, but, in cold weather, there was minimal indoor seating, and when people found out how good the food was and how reasonable the prices were, the place became very crowded. One Saturday in March (maybe it was February, I only recall that it was cold outside) we waited for a table. The owner came to our table and treated us to dessert and thanked us for our patronage. They had sold the restaurant and this was their last night. The new owners bought the name, but they were going to change the menu. This was an outstanding restaurant - the pizza, the fish, the pastas were delicious - no more! So, even though it's called Carbone and is at the same address, this is not the same restaurant that you've heard has such great pizza - this isn't the same restaurant and don't expect too much. The two brothers who owned this place have a restaurant in Carroll Gardens - Graziella's. It's very good, but it's bigger than Carbone's (they have dining upstairs) and I don't think the chef can devote the time to each dish that he did at Carbone's. The pizza's are still wonderful.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/08/2007
i work in midtown and i always have to eat in midtown. Luckily things have changed and food isnt so dull anymore. I must say not the best italian i've had but for midtown's terrible selection of food its top top top notch. SOOO CUTE inside, FRIENDLY and great pizza.
Posted by Jamie on 05/16/2007
My friend and I visited Carbone last night based on the four reviews below raving about their amazing pizza and pasta dishes and the menu posted by Carbone online which included several fish/seafood dishes. I was planning to have seafood and was extremely dissapointed when there were absolutely no fish/seafood dishes on the menu. When I asked the waiter for fish specials - he replied that they had none. We settled for salad and a pizza. The salad with baby lettuce, apples and walnuts was alright but the pizza was worse than my elementary school memories - lacking any spices and void of flavor. The service was alright and our waiter was attentive. (but then again we were the only two eating at the time). On a upside the restaurants decor inside was cozy and the area around the bar seemed inviting. We sat in the outdoor patio admiring the neigboring construction. Perhaps after a few drinks you might not notice that the food is lacking in taste.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2006
Pizza is great, but there pasta lunch special is pretty amazing. Great fresh tasting pasta. The porcini tortellini and the Angelini i s great stuff. Their sandwiches are a great deal too. Good italian food for pizza shop prices!
Posted by Giovanni on 11/12/2006
Pizza is inbelievable, the crisp burnt crust is to die for, mozzarella so fresh, melts in your mouth. Small tiny restauarant but perfect, with full bar, backyard dining and tiny spiral staircase going down to the W.C... great happy hour specials!! 2 thumbs up!!
Posted by Baladi on 11/01/2006
Fresh ingredients, flavorful food, wonderful staff! This is the type of place that attracts repeat customers & raises the bar for other Italian restaurants. I will definitely be back...
Posted by Tony on 08/26/2006
Best Pizza in the City. Can't beat the taste. Finally got some good food in the neighborhood.