It’s Amore at Carmine’s

The DC Food Blogger’s Happy Hour @ Carmine’s in Penn Quarter

Two words. It’s Amore. DC on HEELS was so happy to be at the DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour at  at NYC’s legendary family style italian restaurant Carmine’s.

Carmines Restaurant (425 7th St, NW), is the newest family style eatery in Penn Quarter, boasting over 20,000-square-feet and a secret entrance for President Obama and Secret Service. 

(Photo by Reuters)

Carmine’s has locations in New York, Atlantic City and even the Bahamas. It  has the same menu from when they opened 20 years ago. And tonight was the DC Food Blogger’s Happy Hour at this legendary italian restaurant. It had me singing..

When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie

That’s amore

When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore

Bells’ll ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing ‘Vita bella’
Hearts’ll play tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay
Like a gay tarantella

When the stars make you drool joost-a like pasta fazool
That’s amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you’re in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreamin’, signore
‘scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore. 

  Thank’s to Dining in DC’s “hostess with the mostess”-Lisa Shapiro for hosting such a fabulous foodie  event.

 I beelined it straight to the meatball sliders which were divine.

       Up close and personal with the tasty sliders on onion foccacia flatbread.

Between the sliders (and then some),  pasta parlayed with a divine tomato sauce, crispy calamari  and the “Basil Bubbly” cocktail (that I washed down in 10 seconds flat) I would say it was a huge success! Oh and not to mention the great company! 

        Best part of the night was the bubbly. The “Basil Bubbly” specialty cocktail.

 Kate Telefeyan (left) and fellow  local food blogger are all smiles =) 

Enjoy a little vid of Carmine’s CEO  (by the Washington City Paper ) at the grand opening of this italian eatery
The food..the romance..the  language… and the fashion… Those Italianos  are doing something seriously right! 
    Ciao bella! 
   Vanessa xoxoxoxo

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  1. Maria Hardy

    Great post! Love Carmine's – it was a must do on our NYC Times Square girls trip this Spring to see Wicked. So delish and a highlight of the trip. Sorry I missed the happy hour, but can't wait to visit them in DC soon!

  2. Markette & Vanessa

    Yes we loved Carmines Maria. Come to DC and check out the mammoth proportions. And come hungry. The food is superb =)