Denver Restaurant Guide

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Carmine's on Penn

Carmine's on Penn has held down its corner of Pennsylvania and Bayaud since 1994. When the restaurant opened, it was intended as a place where large groups could converge and enjoy themselves without thinking too much about what they were eating — ordering big platters of Italian food served family-style, which is still the approach today under owner Brad Ritter, who purchased the restaurant in 2006. (You can opt for family-style or a size meant for two these days.) There's now a lighter, brighter sister restaurant, Carmine's at McGregor Square, but we prefer to eat giant heaps of dishes like carbonara (made — non-traditionally, but deliciously — with cream and butter) at the OG outpost.
Molly Martin
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5-8:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5-9:30 p.m.
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Parking: On-street, Valet
  • Extra Services: Catering, Private-group dining
  • Takeout
  • Delivery