Carino's Italian Restaurant - Pigeon Forge

Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's always exciting to find a new place to eat while on vacation. We typically try to stay with local restaurants while we are away. It's nice to try something we can't find around our hometown.

While Carino's Italian Restaurant isn't local to Pigeon Forge, it is also not a restaurant located closely to us.

We enjoy Italian food very much. Well, we enjoy food immensely.

On the Carion's menu we found a variety of appetizers, entree's and yes - deserts!

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The kids enjoyed the Mozzarella with Marinara. I have never seen "Moazzarella Stick" with so much cheese in them! I tried a bite or two. Okay, maybe I took one of them from the kids.
Breaded in special seasonings.
Served with spicy marinara.

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Dan and I had the Sicilian Fire Sticks!  He is always looking for something spicy!  They weren't too hot and spicy but more than we thought the kids could handle.  
Tomato-basil tortillas rolled with Italian sausage, chicken, bacon, roma tomatoes, jalapenos and Italian cheeses.  Served with spicy marianara sauce and ranch.
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I was overwhelmed with choices and on the suggestion of our server, I decided on the Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival.  I don't prefer any type of red sauce on my pasta - so this was perfect for me!  The serving was so large, I wasn't able to finish it - but don't worry, I tried!

Dan chose the Grilled Ribeye Steak.  Yes, I did try that as well.  Though he doesn't have his cooked as well done as I do, it was also pretty delicious. 

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Between the favorable portions, the appetizers and the bread with salad - I wasn't sure there would be any room for desert.  However, one glance at the desert menu - and we decided to give it a try!  It was hard to pass up the cheese cake, chocolate cake and ice cream.

If we order a desert, we usually share the desert between us.  Portions are usually so large that no one could eat an entire desert on their own.  Carino's, however, offers mini versions of several of their deserts.  So, the kids and I opted for Mini Turtle and New York styles cheese cakes as well as Homemade Tiramisu and Italian Chocolate cake.  

Our sever was fantastic and as you can see - we loved the menu options! The only downside, is that the closest Carino's to us is an hour away.  Guess what, not a week after being home - yes, we drove that hour to Carino's!

Find a Carino's location near you.