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Il Terrazzo Carmine (SEA)

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TownSpa Oct 16, 2008 07:25 AM

Has anyone been to Il Terrazzo Carmine lately? I'm thinking of going with a group of four tomorrow night for dinner. Any thoughts? What is the price point? There are no prices on their menus on the web site. Is it more a "see and be seen" place or is the food and service actually good? Thanks!

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    Glassman Oct 16, 2008 02:40 PM

    Il Terrazzo Carmine closely resembles the food I experienced in Italy. As mentioned, it's not "trendy", but will be there long after Seattle's trendy Italian spots disappear because of inconsistent food and poor service.

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      equinoise Oct 17, 2008 12:44 PM

      Carmine is also reminiscent of old-school special occassion Italian restaurants in and around NYC that I visited. Great place, and very unique locally.

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      oliveoyl Oct 16, 2008 10:51 AM

      I've been there many times over the years .. il terrazzo is sort of the grande dame of italian dining in seattle, there is nothing trendy or see & be seen about (unless you are an expensive suit power broker guy and you want to run into martin selig!). that said, the food is lovely and the service is professional and warm. It's the type of place where you order the canneloni and caesar and you feel like you've had a treat. I have never had less than wonderful food.. the food is not challenging or tricky.This kitchen has nothing to prove .. there is nothing tatooed and edgy going on. It is an elegant, old school restaurant.. the type of place your rich auntie took you to and you still love going to.
      it's expensive but not in a way that makes you feel it's not worth it ..BUT if you are looking for a cool place that might be in food & wine ..well, it's so not that but in a very good way.

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        little ms foodie Oct 16, 2008 10:45 AM

        I've always really loved the food at Carmine's. I don't think it is a scene and be seen place at all. The nice thing here is that both the meats and the pastas are done very well whereas usually I find it to be just one or the other.

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          staffstuff Oct 16, 2008 08:41 AM

          Cucina De Ra has better Italian food IMO, better location (easier parking), good service and a view (sunset & SAM Sculpture Park)

          1. terrier Oct 16, 2008 07:48 AM

            The food was very good last time I went (maybe 2 years ago?) but the prices aren't cheap. IIRC you could pretty easily spend $50 per person before tax and tip on two courses.

            I remember the venison ravioli and the sweetbreads as being standouts. (Though the latter are better enjoyed as a shared app than one person's entree given the portion size and richness.)

            Edit: I should add that I think Spinasse is far superior as an Italian resto.

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