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Enjoy Family-Style Italian for Denver Restaurant Week

Make your reservations now! This year’s Denver Restaurant Week is February 24 – March 5 and we have a menu to excite every member of the family! Whether it’s a date night for two or a family affair, be sure to stop by Carmine’s on Penn to celebrate this local culinary tradition.

For $35.00 a person, restaurant patrons will be able to choose one dish from each category.

Appetizer

Ravioli alla Vodka
Seasonal Ravioli
Antipasta Misti
Tour of Italy
Portobello Mushroom

Salad

House Salad
Pear Salad
Caesar Salad
Spinach Salad

Entree

Chicken Montana
Shrimp Calabrese
Seafood Fra Diavolo
Seafood Marinara
Strozzapreti
Moose’ Pasta
Pasta alla Capo w/Shrimp
Ragu Con Funghi
Shrimp Parmigiana
Chicken alla Carmine’s
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Pazzo
Veal alla Carmine’s
Veal Frescha
Veal Marsala
Veal Parmigiana
Veal Piccata
Veal Pazzo

Dessert

Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Tiramisu
New York Style Cheesecake
Bread Pudding

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available! Don’t wait – give us a call today at 303-777-6443 and make your reservation!
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Lambrusco: The Sparkling Red Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

For more than two decades we’ve shared our passion for Italian wine with our family, friends and anyone who joins us for dinner at Carmine’s on Penn. A love of vino (wine) has been a part of Italian culture for centuries, and the Italian Peninsula is known for housing some of the finest vineyards and wineries in the world.

Some of our favorite moments are when we have the opportunity to introduce a restaurant guest to a new Italian wine. We love sharing our extensive knowledge of Italian wine with you – our friends, family and restaurant patrons.

Over the years we’ve noticed the rise in popularity of Chardonnay, Merlot and even Moscato. While these are all wonderful varieties, we’d like to spotlight a less popular but equally delicious Italian wine variety:

Lambrusco

Known to some as ‘purple wine soda’ and others as the cheap, poorly made wine from the 1970s, Lambrusco is shaking off previous conceptions and inviting wine drinkers to give it a second sip.

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Lambrusco is a well-made sparkling red wine, boasting a perfect balance of sweetness and crisp acidity. We have found that a glass of Lambrusco provides a blissful escape from workday stress — particularly when enjoyed on the Carmine’s patio.

Currently, we are offering Cleto Chiarli Amabile Lambrusco by the glass. We invite restaurant patrons to savor the flavor of this Lambrusco at Carmine’s. Whether you prefer to unwind inside or enjoy a relaxing evening on our patio, we’d love to introduce to one of our favorite Italian wines this weekend.

 

 

 

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Dine at Carmine’s on June 1 and Support The Denver Waldorf School

At Carmine’s on Penn, the only thing we love more than Italian food is our community. And we are honored to serve local organizations that make a lasting impact on the Denver community.

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On Wednesday, June 1, we invite you to join us at Carmine’s on Penn for a fundraising dinner to benefit The Denver Waldorf School. On this evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite Carmine’s dishes knowing that at least half of the proceeds will support The Denver Waldorf School. The more diners we have, the higher percentage of proceeds we’ll donate!

Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s humanitarian curriculum, The Denver Waldorf School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, preparing them to bring relevant contributions to the world.

We’ve been inspired by the lasting impact The Denver Waldorf School has on their students, as well as the Denver community at large. We hope you, your friends and family will join us on this special evening to support the programs at The Denver Waldorf School.

Give us a call today at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot for The Denver Waldorf School Fundraising Dinner.

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Take your tastebuds to Tuscany

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It’s a place where the views are breathtakingly beautiful. Food is crafted with love. A wine connoisseur’s paradise. No, we aren’t describing Carmines on Penn, but rather Tuscany. We’ve fallen in love with Tuscany, and we hope that after an evening learning about the region, you will too!

Located in the central region of Italy, just north of Rome and south of Genoa lie the rolling hills and rich culture of Tuscany. Unlike its metropolitan neighbors, Tuscany holds on to a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Meal preparation in Tuscany begins early in the day. Sauces simmer and meats marinate until they reach perfection; each dish handcrafted and assembled with love.

With so much love put into each dish, there is special attention placed into the quality of ingredients. Ingredients are fresh, preservatives non-existent and the wines originate from local vineyards.

Meals are savored and shared with friends and family. Ranging from one to three hours per meal, the people of Tuscany enjoy each other’s company while delighting in the delectable dishes.

We love the values of the Tuscan culture because they align so closely with those of Carmine’s. Not only do our chefs arrive at the kitchen early in the morning to start cooking, but we also focus on creating an atmosphere that allows families and friends to share a part of their day together.

We want to share our favorite memories of Tuscany and invite everyone to join us for a Tour of Tuscany dinner and wine pairing event on Wednesday, March 16. Owner Brad Ritter will host an evening walking guests through food and wine inspired by his most recent travels throughout the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. Join us for a meal that will delight your taste buds and feed your mind. Space is limited! $75/person. Call us at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot at the table.

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Denver Restaurant Week Is Back!

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Make your reservations now! This year’s Denver Restaurant Week is February 26th – March 6th and we have a menu to excite every member of the family! Whether it’s a date night for two or a family affair, be sure to stop by Carmine’s on Penn to celebrate this local culinary tradition.

For $30.00 a person, restaurant patrons will be able to choose one dish from each category. For more information, please visit Denver Restaurant Week.

Appetizers

Ravioli alla Vodka
Sausage and Peppers
Bruschetta
Anti-pasta Misti
Tour of Italy
Portobello

Salads

House Salad
Caesar Salad
Pear Salad
Spinach Salad

Entrees

Strozzapreti
Chicken Montana
Carbonara
Pasta Carcio
Pasta alla Capo
White or Red Clam Sauce
Shrimp Calabrese
Chicken Besciamella
Chicken alla Carmine’s
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Pazzo
Baked Ziti w/Italian Sausage
Baked Ziti w/Bolognese
Baked Ziti w/Primavera
Baked Ziti w/Meatballs
Moose’s Pasta
Shrimp Parmigiana

Dessert

Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Tiramisu
Chocolate Chip Cannolis
New York Style Cheesecake

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available! Don’t wait – give us a call today and reserve your spot!

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The Little Black Dress of Ingredients

Throughout the history of fashion, the little black dress has become known as the essential staple in every woman’s closet. And when it comes to the Carmine’s menu, we have a staple of our own.

So what is this dress-me-up, dress-me-down, night or day ingredient we can’t live without?

It’s basil. 

The basil plant is one of the most widely known and grown herbs in the world. Often associated with Mediterranean cooking, basil is native to India, Asia and parts of Africa. As a member of the mint family, basil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and offers a healthy dose of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and magnesium. It’s no wonder we use it in so much of our cooking!

One of our favorite basil-touting recipes at Carmine’s is homemade gnocchi. Served in roasted pomodora sauce with kalamata olives, we toss in torn basil to maximize the dish’s flavor. We also slide some basil in our seafood dishes and use it to enliven our Panzanella (bread salad).

Basil is also the main ingredient in pesto – a mixture of basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Pesto appears in many places on our menu, and even just a small amount can take a dish to the next level.

Of course, we don’t limit our use of basil to food. Our new specialty cocktail, the Carmine’s Cooler, is a blend of Cruzan Light Rum, Tommasi Prosecco and fresh-squeezed lime, made perfectly refreshing thanks to muddled basil.

This summer, we encourage you to discover new ways to use basil in your own cooking (or drinking!) at home. And the next time you come in to Carmine’s, we promise there will be plenty of basil to go around.

 

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Behind the Bar: Q&A with Brandi the Bartender

Let’s go behind the bar with Brandi for the inside scoop on her favorite Carmine’s dish, favorite adult beverage, and her go-to wine recommendation…

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Q: Carmine’s employees are known for their longevity at the restaurant. How many years have you worked at Carmine’s?

A: Compared to everyone else, I’m a newbie! I started here June 2014, so I’m coming up on one year next month.

Q: There are so many menu options at Carmine’s. If you had to pick a favorite, what would it be?

A: Honestly, I think we make the most amazing cheesecake on the planet. But aside from dessert, I’m a big fan of the Chicken Montana, Pasta alla Carmine’s, and Chicken or Veal alla Carmine’s. If you want veal, Carmine’s is the place to get it.

Q: As a bartender, you can probably mix up a drink with your eyes closed. What is your favorite drink to make behind the bar?

A: I pour an awesome glass of wine! Other than that, I really enjoy making an Old Fashioned. It’s such a classic drink and for some reason, it seems to taste better here at Carmine’s.

Q: And what about your favorite drink to enjoy after hours?

A: I’m all about the bourbon. 

Q: Carmine’s has a pretty extensive wine list. If it were in stock, which wine would you recommend to a customer?

A: Try the Sor Ugo Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend from the Aia Vecchio Winery in Tuscany. If you’re looking for a smooth red wine, this is the one.

Q: Last question and probably the most important! Why do you love Carmine’s?

A: First of all, I knew about Carmine’s before I even moved to Denver! I had heard wonderful things about their management, and it all turned out to be true. They take good care of us, don’t micromanage our work, and encourage us to be ourselves and let our personalities shine. Plus, it’s always nice to enjoy a free family-style meal with your coworkers after a long night. 

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Share with The Delores Project

Tuesday, September 2 Carmine’s on Penn will host our fourth dinner to support The Delores Project. Please join us in this important evening. Last year’s event raised over $8500 for The Delores Project. We will offer many of Carmine’s favorites in a three course dinner served family style. The price is $45 per person and The Delores Project will receive $30 of this amount. We will also donate at least half of beverage proceeds. Employees are donating their hourly wages as well. The Delores Project has served women in need on the Denver area for over ten years providing much needed services not the least of which is housing.

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Carmine’s on Penn will close on July 4th!

Carmine’s on Penn and Little Carmine’s Italian Sandwiches will close on July 4. We will Share the holiday with our families and hope you enjoy the day with yours. Please join us for our regular schedule on Saturday. Remember our patio is one of the finest locations to enjoy summertime dining. Ciao Down at Carmine’s!

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Twenty Years at Carmine’s on Penn

Carmine’s on Penn recently celebrated our first 20 years of serving Family Style Italian Food in Central Denver. We are looking forward to many more. To share our birthday with us come in on Tuesday evenings. We are offering a 20 year promotion. 20 Years, 2 people, $20 each to share dinner. Choose from four salads and ten pasta entrees to share. Think about Chicken Montana, White Clam Sauce, Pork Polenta Ragu and more. Ciao Down with Carmine’s!