It’s always exciting to find a new place to eat while on vacation. We typically try to stay with local restaurants while we are away. It’s nice to try something we can’t find around our hometown. While Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant isn’t local to Pigeon Forge, it is also not a restaurant located closely to us.
We enjoy Italian food very much. Well, we enjoy food immensely with Italian being a top favorite. On the Carino’s menu we found a variety of appetizers, entrees and yes – deserts!
Dan chose the Grilled Ribeye Steak. This flavorful 12 ounce richly marbled, center-cut Ribeye grilled to your liking and served with rosemary potatoes and vegetable medley was amazing. Yes, I tried that as well. Though he doesn’t prefer his steak to be cooked as long as I do, it was also pretty delicious.
Between the favorable portions, the appetizers and the bread with salad – I wasn’t sure there would be any room for desert. However, one glance at the desert menu – and we decided to give it a try! It was hard to pass up the cheese cake, chocolate cake and ice cream.
If we order a desert, we usually share the desert between us. Portions are usually so large that no one could eat an entire desert on their own. Carino’s, however, offers mini versions of several of their deserts. So, the kids and I opted for Mini Turtle and New York styles cheese cakes as well as Homemade Tiramisu and Italian Chocolate cake.
Our sever was fantastic and as you can see – we loved the menu options! The only downside, is that the closest Carino’s to us is an hour away. Guess what, not a week after being home – yes, we drove that hour to Carino’s!