Johnny Carino’s Italian Grill
10633 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado 80020
Menu: Website Menu
Less than ten miles northwest from Denver, very short by western standards, is the suburb of Westminster. The city is midway between Denver and Boulder. Like much of the surrounding area it owes its existence to the prospecting of gold in the South Platte River Valley in 1858. Nowadays it is more likely that individuals will be prospecting for some of the retail or “foodie” delights that the area offers without the prospect of shelling out a lot of money. If you are in this neck of the woods a good place to pass the time is the Westminster Promenade an outdoor pedestrian village. Remember this is Colorado so you will experience that wide open feeling! You will be treated to a number of restaurant, retail and entertainment options including a cinema or three rink ice skating arena. If you stay includes an overnight, you might want to consider the Westin Westminster Hotel which is in walking distance.
For a casual lunch your reviewer selected “Carino’s” that bills itself as a Tuscan eatery. Likewise the corporate philosophy is that eating should not be a mystery so you will find the kitchen is in open view at Carino’s. This is a “national” establishment so you can find them from west to east, with quite a few in Texas. A friendly greeting is always a plus and that is what our party of two had. The inside is Tuscan-esque, bright and cheery. Nine appetizers and a variety of Pizzas are starter options including “Italian” Nachos for $7.75. Should salads be what you are hankerin’ for then you will have a choice of about 5 starting out with an “Italian” wedge for $4.75 if a la carte or $2.95 with entrée. There are 10 House Specialties ranging from Chicken Primavera, Snow Crab Ravioli to Angel Hair with Artichokes. The Classic Italian offerings are 11 in number and include Stuffed Roasted Vegetable Rigatoni at $10.95 and Baked Lasagna for $9.95 Options from the Grill are 7 in number with a Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Cedar Planked Salmon or Lemon Rosemary Chicken. The “Classic Italians” range from $9.95 to $16.95.
There’s also an extensive lunch menu with grilled Paninis, soup and salad combinations, a few grilled choices and 8 House Specialties. In the event you are with a large group you can choose from a dozen “Family Platters” starting at $18.95 for the Baked Lasagna to $26.95 for the Skilletini Shrimp. Your reviewer chose the Hand Breaded Chicken Parmigiana at $8.50 with spaghetti and tomato sauce. My companion varied the theme a bit with the Chicken Parm Panini for $7.75. Soft drinks were sufficient for our needs, and were served up pretty quickly. Our lunch orders arrived in a sufficiently reasonable time and were hot and quite tasty. The pasta was neither overdone or undercooked. Since the place filled up with folks, the impression was that it was fairly popular. The waiter had a bit of time to chat with us, and at the end of our meal invited us to stop by again. And your reviewer would do so if in the area again. The total experience of ambience, food and service was a 3.5 Chews. Enjoy a bit of Tuscan -Western hospitality at Johnny Carino’s.
Pop Pop’s Score: 3.5 Chews
Subjective rating: Good!
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