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Carmela's at Macri's
Location: 214 N. Niles Ave.
Looking for a quiet and relaxing place to enjoy a delicious meal? Carmela’s at Macri’s is that place. While Macris is often known for their bakery, their restaurant and authentic Italian cuisine is not one you want to overlook. Carmela’s is not like Olive Garden, Papa Vino’s or any other chain Italian restaurant, it has a family feel and you can tell that the Macri family takes pride in what they do.
Walking into Carmela’s felt like you stepped outside of South Bend and walked into a quaint Italian village. I met my parents and sister there for dinner and after being seated, we were immediately greeted by a friendly waitress. She provided us all with water but also a drink menu. I decided on a glass of Lambrusco red wine. It’s wrong to go to an Italian restaurant and not have a glass of wine, right? We also ordered a bruschetta appetizer. Both were delicious!
Choosing a meal was not a difficult task for me. I’m a huge Italian food lover and my go to choice is almost always the Fettuccini Chicken Alfredo. However, I almost second guessed myself because they have such a large selection of items on their menu with decent prices. Their items range from the traditional pastas, to filet mignon, to grilled mahi mahi. The average meal costs around $15 which includes a hearty portion size, a side salad or cup of minestrone soup, and unlimited bread. My parents and sister all decided on the Ravioli Ripieni di Spinaci-- Fresh made ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, served in their tomato basil sauce topped with fresh mozzarella.
After finishing our meals, the waitress boxed our leftovers for us an offered the dessert menu. Unfortunately we were all too full to try a dessert. However, the service and food exceeded our expectations and we definitely plan to visit again (this time saving enough room for dessert!) I challenge you to stop in for lunch or dinner sometime this week.
Your Challenge: Visit Carmela's this week for lunch or dinner. Take a photo of your favorite piece of decor, your food, or a selfie, and post the photo on facebook, twitter, or instragram. Be sure to tag DTSB and use #eatDTSB.