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Carmine's vs. Marchi's

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Okay, my parents' anniversary is coming up and they'd like to go to Marchi's because, well, they've been going there for years and its been dubbed the "special occasion" restaurant. But i've been there and i wasn't really thrilled! I liked Carmine's, and so do they, especially since the meals are huge so you can share. They're taking the whole family out so nothing too expensive (not more than $40/person). Which restaurant would be best? Carmine's or Marchi's...or some place else?? thanks!

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  1. while i don't think the food at either is overwhelming, i've always thought there was something special about marchi's -- it reminds me of a couple different (defunct) restaurants from my childhood in the midwest. carmine's is ok, and the portions are hard to impugn, but the ritual of eating at marchi's strikes me as conducive to that "special occasion" vibe.

    1. CARMINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!