Pace Yourself: A Taste of the New Carmine’s Restaurant

There aren’t lot of sure things in Vegas, but a new restaurant in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is about as sure as they get.

This winning Italian restaurant recently opened with little fanfare, moving into the space formerly used by Planet Hollywood restaurant (which has relocated to an upper floor in another part of the Forum Shops).

This is where they keep the OMG.

This is where they keep the OMG.

Carmine’s occupies a mind-bloggling 28,000-square-feet, and as you roam around the massive eatery, it feels like there are four or five separate restaurants in one.

This is sort of just the foyer.

This is sort of just the foyer.

The entire space is decked out with 7,500 framed photos and pieces of original artwork, and the ceilings are adored with a variety of distinctive, old-timey chandeliers.

We're pretty sure no two chandeliers are alike. Who has time to keep track when so much food is on its way?

We’re pretty sure no two chandeliers are alike. Who has time to keep track when so much food is on its way?

But the star of the show at Carmine’s is the food, served up family style. The giant portions are perfect for sharing, and all the items on the menu are proven crowd-pleasers because they originated at other Carmine’s locations.

There are two locations in New York City, one in New Jersey, another in D.C. and yet another in the Bahamas. And not just because the owners needed an excuse to visit the Bahamas. Probably.

As an indication of the popularity of other Carmine’s locations, one spot in New York City served 1.2 million people last year, making it one of the most successful restaurants in America.

Originally, we were antipasto. Now, we're propasto.

Originally, we were antipasto. Now, we’re propasto.

While the portions are large (understatement of the year), the prices are relatively small, especially for fare on The Strip. The average tab is $30 per person, a far cry from most fine and casual dining restaurants in Sin City.

The eggplant parm is as big as a summer home.

The eggplant parm is as big as a summer home.

There’s a variety of Italian favorites, with the penne alla vodka being the most popular dish, and with good reason. The pasta is cooked to al dente perfection, and the sauce tastes like it was made by someone’s grandmother, just without all the guilt.

Miss the penne alla vodka and you're doing Carmine's wrong.

Miss the penne alla vodka and you’re doing Carmine’s wrong.

You can check out the full menu at the official Carmine’s site.

The successful track record of the Carmine’s family of restaurants means there will be no shortage of specials in addition to the usual menu. There are 195 specials (three a night) ready and waiting to make their Las Vegas debut.

Like we weren't going to talk about the cocktails? Please. This is the Rum Runner.

Like we weren’t going to talk about the cocktails? Please. This is the Rum Runner.

Overwhelmed by the size of the offerings? No worries. Carmine’s offers a unique service: You can check your leftovers! That’s right. It’s like checking your coat. Your goodies are kept refrigerated so you can go shopping and pick them up on the way out.

As far as we know, Carmine’s is the only restaurant in Vegas to provide this service, and we love the idea.

Unrelated to anything, the bathroom walls are decorated with the bottoms of wine bottles.

Unrelated to anything, the bathroom walls are decorated with the bottoms of recycled wine bottles.

You’ll find a variety of antipasto, pasta, seafood or meat entrees, of course. We tried the stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, shrimp scampi with linguine and chicken lemon and butter. All crowd-pleasers.

The desserts that follow may cause an acute case of sensory overload. That includes the colossal Titanic dessert. This $29.95 monstrosity of decadence will crush your dessert cravings, as well as future cravings you haven’t even had yet.

Objects pictured may be much, much larger and more fattening than they appear.

Objects pictured may be much, much larger and more fattening and awesome than they appear.

Carmine’s has an unassuming atmosphere, and the service is truly top-notch. Small touches like free wi-fi, phone recharging stations built into the eye-popping bar, and mouthwash provided in the restrooms (there’s a lot of garlic going on), means Carmine’s has already moved up our list of favorite Italian restaurants in Las Vegas.

A new happy place on The Strip.

A new happy place on The Strip.

Our advice for getting the most from Carmine’s is simple: Pace yourself.

Enjoy a few more exclusive photos from the new Carmine’s restaurant Las Vegas at the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace.

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