About Carmine's On Penn
Carmine's on Penn was established in 1994 as a neighborhood, family-style Italian restaurant. Our atmosphere is casual, festive, and friendly. Our servers bring the chalkboard menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:0pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our respected, and consistently delicious food to you. By providing off-site service for corporate, business and private events, Carmine's offers a personal approach for clients and customers to enjoy and appreciate simple, yet satisfying, menu options at their place of work or in the privacy of their own backyard.
Street parking in our neighborhood. The parking lot we used to lease has been sold for development so we are no longer able to offer valet parking. There is a school between Cedar to the south, Bayaud to the west, Washington to the east, and Pearl to the west. It is a short block from us and since no one lives there, it is a reliable place to find a parking spot.
Closest is Alameda Station
Private Party Facilities:
Our Blue Room accommodates parties ranging in size from 15 to 32. We offer inclusive pricing with food and wine selected for your party.
Private Party Contact:
Stephen Kozicki: 3039576503x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carmine's On Penn Ratings and Reviews
What an excellent Italian restaurant! M ...
What an excellent Italian restaurant! My wife and I visited and were treated to outstanding service by Bobby, who mitigated an otherwise inconvenient issue with their computer system in printing out our check by generously shaving a little off the bill. Totally unexpected and very much appreciated. The portions are VERY generous and you will leave very satisfied, even if you have to take home the excellent cannoli.
A nice quiet back room that filled up qu ...
A nice quiet back room that filled up quickly on a Saturday night. Cannon was a great server with many good suggestions and plenty of experience. A super-special occasion to celebrate quite a number of accomplishments in our group, birthday, anniversary and several other milestones. Perfect spot for celebration and fine Italian dining. Nice to see this neighborhood tradition still around and thriving.
We first heard about this place from Big ...
We first heard about this place from Big Al (Alfred Williams)who loves this place so my husband and I decided to go for our anniversary. The service great and food was so delicious! Our server, Nate, was very knowledgeable about all of the menu including drinks. We will definitely return. We love it now too!
We love Carmine's on Penn, and Saturday ...
We love Carmine's on Penn, and Saturday night was no exception! They were able to accommodate a Gluten Free meal with ease and a special birthday cake would have been prepared if we gave them enough notice. Everyone loved it and we will most certainly be back again!
Service was great and the restaurant was ...
Service was great and the restaurant was quite busy. We had 2 kids in our group and the staff was excellent with them. The wines & cocktails were average but the food was very good and the portion sizes are large. This is our 3rd time at Carmine's and we would definitely return.
Excellent experience. Wait staff was ex ...
Excellent experience. Wait staff was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. The meals are served family style, so this restaurant was a great option for dining with our teenage boys. The Chicken Montana was light yet flavorful, loaded with vegetables and chicken. And the garlic knots - to die for!
We've been coming to Carmine's for more ...
We've been coming to Carmine's for more than ten years. We had our first date here. We got engaged here. The gnocchi was always our go-to, but this past visit, both it and the ravioli were not vegetarian. While previous waitstaff has worked with us (hey, we can put the gnocchi with a different sauce for you, no problem), our waiter for this anniversary dinner was lethargic and seemed barely present. What we did order was delicious, no doubt, but the experience was lacking. Not even sure we'll go back.
My husband and I came here during a chil ...
My husband and I came here during a child-free trip to Denver. The food is served family-style or in servings for two. Hubby thought it wasn't going to work for us because he eats meat and I don't. Our compromise was to order pasta alla Carmine's, a vegetarian marinara, and hubby ordered a side of sausage and peppers.
It is difficult to make vegetarian sauce taste flavorful, but Carmine's did it. The sauce was amazing, and even received a thumbs up from the meat eater who also loved the sausage and peppers.
We knew we wanted dessert so we skipped the appetizers and salad. The cheesecake is probably one of the best I've ever had. It was made with ricotta and was rich and decadent. I rarely order cheesecake because I'm so disappointed by how "meh" it is, but thankfully, we followed the server's recommendation and tried it. Do it! You won't regret it (unless you're dieting).
The wine list was extensive, and we met some Carmine's regulars at the bar for a drink after dinner. Over all, it was a delicious, delightful experience.
Food was really good. Waiter was awesome too
It was a wonderful night. Loved every dish, veal picatta was delicious. We ordered side of pesto pasta and put it on top. We were with some traditional eaters so didn't get to try more extravagant dishes but will go back on our own.
Loved it and staff was awesome as well
great as always
From the friendly greeting on arrival to the attentive service, Carmine's remains one of our favorite go to restaurants. We may not done here for a few months but know that there Dodd and service Will be consistently great. The owner never fails to recognize us by name, even if it has been several months. The only negative is that since they have lost the ability to have valet parking, parking can be a challenge.
I finally made it to Carmine's for dinner. I've wanted to try this place for years. The atmosphere is casual, the food very good and the service was excellent. The wine is varied with something for everyone. The Barbera/Syrah blend went perfectly with the Meatballs w/ Vodka sauce and the Ragu de Funghi. The homemade cheese cake with salted caramel on top was the perfect desert to end our dinner. We'll be back!
Very fun evening!
We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a few friends, which was fun. The food was good, as was the wine. The left overs were even better! My only concern is their lack of cell coverage or Wifi. We had used Uber since we were drinking, and couldn't get a signal to notify them to pick us up. The staff told us to "start walking and in a few blocks you'll get a cell signal". Unfortunately I have fairly limited mobility due to my MS so that simply wasn't an option. We figured it out, but were kinda bummed at the nonchant attitude.
A nite out with my special someone
I was able to get a table at a reasonable time despite a rather short notice on my part. The food was excellent, the wine was superb, and the service was good. It was a little loud, but that was due to one table in particular. Not a deal breaker tho.
We had excellent service that evening. ...
We had excellent service that evening. It was a busy night but the waiter was excellent and attentive. Food was excellent. We had several first timers in this group and all said they would return. Our waiter guided us through the family style and we had just the right amount of food.
Best Italian in Denver
We love Carmine's on Penn! We tried it after several recommendations and are so happy we did. Hands down best italian food food you will ever find in Denver. It's a small restaurant and very popular so it is best to make a reservation, even during the week. Everything is served family style but there is not a bad dish on the menu. Their sauce and pasta and bread is homemade...even the desserts are amazing!
From the salad to dessert, the food was divine. I'm not huge fan of family style dining, but this worked out just fine for our party of three because of the advice of our server, Luann, who was exceptional. She was personable, knowledgeable, attentive and fun! The only small downside for us was because of all the hard surfaces used in the decor, it was just a big noisy. We will be returning to this neighborhood gem.
Great Italian food!
This was an excellent find! My husband is Italian and loves to try new Italian restaurants. This one was the best we've tried since moving to Colorado 3 years ago. We came with another couple and ordered 2 dishes family style--the Sausage & Peppers and the Cheese Ziti. Excellent! Our waitress was quite helpful, friendly, and prompt. We will be sure to be back and to bring more friends!
this is our second visit after a disappointing group dinner last year. for whatever reason, we found the restaurant back closer to its better self. our bread was fresh and loaded with garlic and butter like the old days, the caesar salad served on a chilled plate (although we missed the anchovies and thought the croutons boring), and the food above average. our only disappointment was that the family serving size of the raviolis seemed a bit small: 3 ravioli's per person isn't much, despite their richness. carmine's has never been an inexpensive dinner, but we're happy to recommend it again.
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