restaurant review: JOHNNY CARINO’S- “The bread was good”

With the exception of the magnificent Biba’s, good Italian eatery’s are in short supply in Sacramento.   Most of the popular Italian Restaurants are chains.  The Olive Garden,and Buca De Beppo’s . All of the Macaroni Grill outlets have closed in the Sacramento Area.

On this outing, we chose the Johnny Carinos in Natomas.    Even though the restaurant was half full, many tables were dirty.    We waited while staff cleaned a table.   The decor was a why bother. its seemed more pancake house than Italian..   Our waiter was very animated and positive.   The bread arrived fresh and warm, the problem was there were six of us…and two small loaves.  The salad’s slowly arrived the blue cheese was flavorful.

The Fettuccine Florentine, was watery, the sauce splashed about the bowl onto my clothing.

The Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza, seemed dry, the crust seems pre made.

The other dishes were bland….. but there never seemed to be enough bread.

The service was fair… our energetic waiter never asked how we were doing?  Perhaps he knew….

No one wanted dessert, they simply wanted out..


Out of Five

Published by CityFella

Moved to the Big Tomata in the nineties from San Francisco. No Suburbs for me with its single colored houses and lawns and the excitement of pulling out my trash can once a week. I'm a CityFella , a part time New Yorker. I'm happiest in the Center City where people the streets and people are alive. I'm still waiting to buy a 34th floor condo somewhere downtown/Midtown with a nightclub. "Hurry I'm old" My politics are somewhere in the middle with a needle that constantly moves. I'm too liberal to be a Republican and too conservative to be a Democrat. Everything interests me . I've come to love Sacratomato, Its a nice town in cheap sensible shoes .

One thought on “restaurant review: JOHNNY CARINO’S- “The bread was good”

  1. This is sad because the Johnny Carinos by where we live is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been too! Hopefully your bad experience will not influence you to not try it again at a different location!


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