Carmine’s Italian Restaurant Brings Old School Charm to McGregor Square
“As the city begins to blossom back to life, there may be no better symbol of the renewed energy than McGregor Square… the whole complex was recently joined by a cornerstone with more than enough clout and quality to tie the location together. Carmine’s Italian Restaurant — a genuine staple of the Wash Park neighborhood for nearly three decades running — opened its second iteration downtown on June 15, offering the same family-style dining that made the original so wildly popular.”
First Look: Carmine’s on McGregor Square Delivers Comfort in the Chaos
“What we saw: The decor is lighter than at the original Carmine’s on Penn, which has been serving Italian food and wine on South Pennsylvania Avenue since 1994. That was intentional, according to owner Brad Ritter, who purchased Carmine’s on Penn in 2006 and chose McGregor Square for its first expansion.
‘For years, so many people would say, You need to open a Carmine’s in my neighborhood,’ he explains. While he considered other possibilities, it wasn’t until he was approached about this Colorado Rockies development that he decided to add a second Carmine’s. ‘How could you say no to this opportunity?’ he asks.”
We are proud to announce an expansion opportunity to the Ballpark area of downtown Denver: “Carmine’s on McGregor Square!” We are honored to have been chosen to join this stunning property adjacent to Coors Field. Our neighbors in this project will be various retail establishments, office spaces, a hotel, condominiums, a food hall, sports bar and Denver’s local, American Italian immigrant family style restaurant, Carmine’s! We will be serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Lunch will focus on individual portions of pastas, a selection of Little Carmine’s menu of sandwiches, salads, soup and sides. For dinner, you can expect your favorite menu items enjoyed over the years with some new additions. Carmine’s on McGregor Square joins the original Carmine’s on Penn (now celebrating 27 years in business) offering made to order, food to share in portions for two people or family size. Projected opening date on McGregor Square is slated for early May 2021.
Carmine’s on Penn has entered the delivery arena. We have partnered with Confluence Courier Collective (CCC), a local bicycle delivery company, to deliver our fresh food to you! CCC will speed your order to your door from Carmine’s on Penn. Our minimum is $25 per order and you will be charged a $4 delivery fee. See delivery area here. You may add gratuity for your courier at your discretion. Orders can be ready for courier by 5:30PM.
To order, call us at Carmine’s on Penn 303-777-6443
Scenario #1: You get home from work. Open the fridge. Last week’s leftovers staring you in the face. You just changed clothes and are not interested in going grocery shopping or even going out to grab a bite.
Scenario #2: You have friends visiting unexpectedly and you want to entertain, relax and chat in the comfort of your own home and there’s no time to go food shopping.
Introducing “Carmine’s at Home”. Think picking up a quart of house made marinara, box of dried pasta, Carmine’s proprietary grated Italian cheese blend, salad dressings or even a sandwich roll to toast in the oven, slathered with garlic and butter. A slice of Carmine’s cheesecake or cannolis for dessert. All that’s needed to complete the meal is a pot of water to cook the pasta and you’ve got yourself an easy, delicious and hassle free dinner.
You’ll find other signature items to enjoy at home: Bolognese sauce, Carmine’s house made salad dressings, quarts of smoked chicken salad from Little Carmine’s, olives, pepperoncini peppers, single servings of Carmine’s house, Caesar or Pear Salads, bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to name a few. Carmine’s at Home items available next door in the cooler at Little Carmine’s Italian Sandwich Shop 11am-7pm Tuesdays-Sundays.
At Carmine’s on Penn, we pride ourselves on having the best staff in the business. That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome a new head chef! Eric Seabolt joins the team as the master behind your favorite Carmine’s on Penn dishes. We asked him a few questions to get to know him a little better.
Carmine’s: You’re new to Carmine’s on Penn – welcome! What was your background before this?
Chef Eric: Most of my cooking background is in contemporary Mexican or Italian/American fine dining. I went to the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. After Graduating in 2007 I spent some time in Alaska before returning home to Cincinnati where I worked for two and half years before I landed my first chef de cuisine job at a restaurant called Nada. During my time with Nada, I also spent time working at an Italian restaurant called Boca. After leaving Nada, I took a sous chef position at a contemporary American restaurant called Vida. Now, Carmine’s on Penn is my next adventure!
Carmine’s: What inspired you to become a chef?
Chef Eric: My grandparents were farmers, so they passed down a love and knowledge of food. I didn’t realize until college that I was so passionate about food. I also enjoy the atmosphere of restaurants. I love food and cooking because of the continuous learning and sharing parts of yourself with other people.
Carmine’s: There are so many menu options at Carmine’s on Penn. If you had to pick a favorite, what would it be?
Chef Eric: We do have a lot of dishes on the menu here at Carmine’s. I would say the Pasta Alla Carmine’s because of how simple but great it is.
Carmine’s: Carmine’s on Penn has a pretty extensive wine list. If it were in stock, which wine would you recommend to a customer?
Chef Eric: Tormaresco “Boca di Lupo” Aglianico, 2011 vintage from Campania. I love medium-heavy to heavy bodied red wines. This selection is a good price point and very similar to a California Cabernet.
Carmine’s: When you’re not cooking, what’s an activity you enjoy?
Chef Eric: My favorite off-day activity is either playing disc golf or hiking in a park.
Carmine’s: Last question and probably the most important: What do you love most about Carmine’s on Penn?
Chef Eric: I love the family atmosphere! Being at work really makes me feel like I am at home.
Our extensive wine list and a variety of premium cocktails have long been staples for Carmine’s on Penn. What you might not know is we also offer unique Italian liquors that are fun to taste and also create a nice finish to a big meal.
Similar to brandy, grappa is a byproduct of winemaking. After the grapes are pressed, the leftover skin, seeds and stems are distilled to make grappa. As with all alcohol, the flavor can vary depending on how long it’s been aged or what has been added.
Get to know the different categories and soon you’ll be ready to head to Carmine’s to try some for yourself!
Young – Bottled soon after production with no color as it is not stored or kept in barrels. Delicate aroma with a dry and clean taste.
Aged – Bottled after aging for many months in wooden barrels.
Riserva – Bottled after aging for over 18 months in wooden barrels. Has a darker color.
Aromatic – Grappa produced from aromatic grapes such as Moscato or Muscat.
Aromatized – At the end of distillation, this grappa is infused with aromatic essence or added liqueur.
Good grappa can be hard to find, but at Carmine’s, we serve only the best. On your next visit, be sure to ask your server for a taste. You can even go the traditional Italian route and add it to espresso, which is called a Caffè Corretto. Saluti!
We Open at 5:00 PM and seat until 9:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Sunday. On Friday and Saturday we seat until 10:00 PM.. Take-out and dine in are available. Little Carmine's is temporarily closed.