Carbone’s Kitchen, Bloomfield, CT

Carbone’s Kitchen, Bloomfield, CT

I’ve eaten at Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield, CT several times.  I’ve even reviewed them for the Valley Press when the restaurant first opened.  Each time, I’ve eaten there, I’ve had an outstanding experience!

There are several menu items that I enjoy, and I like trying the evening’s specials.  I love that they’ve carried over some of the classic dishes from the flagship restaurant in Hartford, like the veal, chicken and eggplant Parmesan meals.

Veal parmesan with a side of pasta

Veal parmesan with a side of pasta

Many of the menu items draw upon the family’s best traditional offerings and then add a more modern twist.   My husband has enjoyed the Crazy Carbonara which has Fettuccini pasta, bacon, sausage, spinach, peppers in a cream sauce.

Crazy Carbonara

Crazy Carbonara

I’ve tried the pan seared diver scallops that are made with bacon, brandy cream sauce, mushrooms, escarole and roasted sweet potato.  All the meals are a hearty-sized portion.

Pan seared diver scallops

Pan seared diver scallops

The desserts are a decadent indulgence.

Flourless chocolate cake

Flourless chocolate cake

We tend to opt for the chocolate selections.

Chocolate gelato

Chocolate gelato

I’ve also been to the restaurant for Happy Hour.  They have one of the largest bar areas that I’ve seen from restaurants in the area.

The happy hour specials are unbelievable!  During happy hour, 4-6:30 pm Monday – Fridays, the Ciccetti menu (small plates meant to be shared) is half price.  Select wine and beers are $4 and there are a few $5 cocktails.

Some of our favorite Ciccetti menu items include the gnocchi ala vodka, the mini arancini and the tenderloin meatball, which is the size of a tennis ball.

Gnocchi Ala Vodka from the Cicchetti Menu

Gnocchi Ala Vodka from the Cicchetti Menu

The mezzaluna (half moon shaped) grilled pizzas are also a great item for sharing during happy hour.  My favorite is the chicken pesto pizza.

Chicken pesto mezzaluna grilled pizza

Chicken pesto mezzaluna grilled pizza

The staff is always friendly and helpful in making suggestions or recommending their preferred items.  The atmosphere is great and the space is decorated in rich color tones, giving it a New York vibe.  I recommend putting the restaurant on your “list of places to try” if you haven’t already!

 

Have you tried Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield or the original restaurant in Hartford?

What’s your favorite Italian food?

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