Blending the best of local produce with authentic Italian cooking, Carmine’s Bistro satisfies families and gourmet diners alike.
The dining room possesses a warm familial atmosphere with views of the vast wine collection Carmine’s Bistro harbours.
The wine list is reasonably priced and features a good selection of wines to complement your meal.
We commenced our dinner with a wide selection of entrees. The arancini balls in particular were delicious with a wonderfully crisp exterior while the scallops were beautifully seared and boasted a delicate sweetness.
The spaghetti was, as expected from a good Italian restaurant, superbly executed. The pasta was al-dente and, coupled with generous amounts of tender fresh seafood pieces and combined with the luscious bisque, had a wonderful depth of flavour. The dish boasted a rich seafood flavour with a robust undercurrent of garlic.
Miss Italia pizza - Fior di latte cheese, Napoli sauce, rocket, shaved parmesan, prosciutto and cherry tomato
The Miss Italia pizza was delicious. Sat atop a thin layer of tomato sugo were generous dollops of delicious fior di latte, lashings of prosciutto and a sprinkling of rocket leaves. These ingredients did justice to the lovely pizza base which was thin, light and flavoursome.
Prime eye fillet steak
Atop the layer of creamy mash and sautéed spinach, lay a delicious piece of perfectly cooked eye fillet. A light searing ensured that it was lined with a thin crisp layer packed with caramelised beef flavour. The meat was intense with characteristic beefy notes and a deep earthy richness. Texturally, the beef was sublime with a decadent melt in the mouth, almost buttery, consistency. Coated with an earthy braising sauce, the dish was very enjoyable to consume.
The Nutella Pizza was a decadent end to what was a fabulous dinner. We loved the cheeky addition of a donut which was a wonderful surprise.
Carmine’s Bistro impresses with the freshness of its ingredients and the quality of its service. Highly recommended for a place to take that special someone or perhaps the family for the perfect treat.
Location: 234 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9663 3151
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Carmine's Bistro.