The exterior of this place is faux-Tuscan, clearly. The interior has wide open spaces with a clear view of the cooking line in the kitchen, wine storage wall and other such touches you expect to see. While seeming like typical Italian inspired places that about all over North America, overall it was fine--I didn't feel cramped and it was colourful and inviting.
Background info per their website:
In 1997, Fired Up Restaurant Concepts acquired the only five existing Johnny Carino's Italian Kitchen, infusing them with the energy and passion we know today. Starting with Chef Carino in the early years, and carrying forward today with Chef Chris Peitersen, Johnny Carino's has developed many signature dishes that respect the authentic Italian traditions, while creating unique flavor profiles that express Johnny Carino's passion and creativity, and commitment to quality food at a great value.
|Caesar Salad at Johnny Carino's|
|Pizza Dippers and Sauce at Johnny Carino's|
|Bacon Pizza on Udi's Gluten Free Crust|
|Tuscan Ribeye with Veggies and Gluten Free Penne Pasta|
|Lemon Cream Cake at Carino's|
Report Card for Johnny Carino's 290 at FM 1960
|Not gluten free, but VERY TASTY Italian Bread with Herb-|
infused Olive Oil for dipping
Gluten Free Penne Pasta: A-
Roasted Veggies: A
Pizza Dippers: A+ (per Jason)
Bacon Pizza on gluten-free crust: A- (per Helena)
Lemon Cream Cake: A+
Dining and Kitchen Area: A
Men's Room: A-
Atmosphere (Kitschy, faux-Tuscan Italian joint): B+
Overall Grade: A-
|Jason enjoying Ice Cream with |
chocolate syrup in a gelato dish
Johnny Carino's has 6 Houston area locations.
I visited the one located at:
19820 Northwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77065
Sunday – Thursday 11AM – 10PM
Friday – Saturday 11AM – 11PM
Eat Happy, Y'all!!!
Mangiare felicemente tutti voi!!!