By Dianne R. Davis
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Carmine’s Italian Restaurant Review - Second Anniversary Celebrated with Summer Italian Festival 

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Carmine’s at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas celebrated its second anniversary with a delicious and entertaining Summer Italian Festival on July 16, 2015. The festival included endless amounts of some of Carmine’s classic dishes served buffet style, an open wine bar, games, prizes, and entertainment.  I have previously reviewed Carmines (see http://www.lasplash.com/publish/FoodAndBeverage/cat_index_las_vegas_food/armine-s-restaurant-at-forum-shops-review-hearty-southern-italian-food.php) and am a big fan of the restaurant.

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The eatery is based on the concept of an Italian grandmother preparing southern Italian food and serving it family style to an extended family. It's just the spot to dine with a congenial and hungry group.

The bar has a full menu plus a smaller bar menu and features USB ports
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 If you are a New Yorker or visitor to the Big Apple, you may be familiar with the original Carmine's on the Upper West Side(Broadway & 91st St.) or the theater district location. There are now six locations including the Las Vegas Forum shops.

Many residents of Sun City Anthem enjoyed the Summer Italian Festival
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The festival was held on the second floor, a generous space well designed to handle receptions.  Guests were greeted by servers passing out glasses of red and white wine and champagne.  The serving stations opened simultaneously and I decided to eat in a traditional manner by starting off with the appetizers.

Eggplant Caponata
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Farfalle Pasta Salad
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Meats and Cheeses
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Olive Salad
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715 Seafood Salad with Scallops, Shrimp, Calamari, and Octopus
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I began with the cold antipasto.  This appetizing section included a magnificent seafood salad,  cheese and deli meat platters, marinated cauliflower, and chopped olive salad. Yes, there was more.

Executive Sous Chef Matteo Perez prepared Penne Pasta Alla
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 A serving station of warm dishes included rigatoni country style, salmon oregano, and penne pasta alla vodka.  The penne pasta was prepared in the serving area.

I had to remind myself not to fill up on the delicious breads
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I discovered another station in an adjacent room serving up beef tenderloin cut to order as well as sausage with peppers, onions, and potatoes. 

Aperol Fizz
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 My husband sampled the Aperol Fizz made with lemon juice, Blood Orange reduction, and Italian Prosecco Float along with the Aperol herb infused Italian Liqueur and called it, “a refreshing summer cocktail”.

Cannoli
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Fresh Fruit
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Tiramisu
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Chocolate Torta
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The dessert section had something for everyone. This included a fresh fruit plate next to the Italian treats.  The feature desserts were a sinful tiramisu and made to order chocolate cannolies.  with crème dipped into pistachio crumbs on each end. No place for a dieter.

Tony Martucci, Gail Beckman and George Gingerelli Entertained
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This event was not just about the food, but the fun as well. Entertainers from Sun City Anthem in Henderson, Nevada belted out a variety of Italian, operatic and Frank Sinatra songs.

Prizes included huge bags of Pasta
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Guests had the opportunity to win prizes including gift certificates, cookbooks, huge bags of pasta and free desserts.  I won a oversized can of tomatoes, but managed to trade it for a bottle of Carmine's Vendemmia 2012 Chianti Classico

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Staff and guests mixed and mingled and enjoyed
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Some of the attendees played on a portable bocce court, took part in ring toss games, or had their photos taken with props. Carmine's not only serves some delicious Italian food, but they can serve up some special events for families and groups as well.

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As we left through the restaurant, its popularity was clear. We didn't see any empty tables. I recommend going with a group, or at the very least four people to do justice to the large portions. Carmine’s promotes itself as a family style restaurant that serves huge portions for four or more people. I'm already making that mental list of who might like to join us for our next trip to Carmine's at the Forum Shops.

Photo by Burt Davis

Photo by Burt Davis

We recommend Carmine's for its quality and quantity of food. For more information including menus see Carmine’s web site or call 702-473-9700 

Carmine's, a family style Italian restaurant located in the Las Vegas Forum Shops is a great spot for hungry tourists or locals. The food is plentiful and delicious and the service A-1.

   

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