We are excited to introduce our friends, family and Denver neighbors to Chef Joe Hubbard, the new head chef at Carmine’s on Penn.
Originally from Oklahoma, Hubbard moved to Denver to attend culinary school at the Art Institute of Colorado. Following his formal education, he moved to New Orleans to work for the popular New Orleans chef John Besh at Domenica. After three years at Domenica, Joe returned to Denver to work at NoRTH Italia, and then later took the role of sous chef at Carmine’s on Penn.
Carmine’s former head chef Dan Grunewald is leaving his position to spend more time with his growing family. Joe will now be taking the lead in the Carmine’s kitchen and hopes to bring a mixture of old and new to the Italian restaurant.
“At Carmine’s, we view our staff as an extended family, and we are very sad to see Dan leave,” stated Brad Ritter, Carmine’s owner. “More importantly, we are excited to see what the future holds with Joe leading our kitchen.”
Carmine’s has been serving traditional, family-style Italian food for the past 22 years. The menu has remained relatively the same, but changes with the availability of seasonal ingredients.
“Obviously we’re doing something right to be able to stay in business for 22 years,” said Joe. “I don’t want to change the menu, and hope to continue the tradition of using the best ingredients available and sourcing locally when possible. I want our food to be better than what guests remember.”
Known for his attention to detail, inclusive leadership style, and dedication to providing a unique food experience for every restaurant guest, Joe looks forward to continuing the Carmine’s tradition of creating an unparalleled dining experience.
“I want every little thing done right,” expressed Joe. “Our guests deserve the best dining experience possible, and that’s something I love about working at Carmine’s.”
This month, we invite you to come by Carmine’s and welcome Chef Joe into his new position!
As a member of the Denver community for over two decades, we’ve had the privilege of getting to know the neighborhood. We have joined in on celebrations, graduations and birthdays. But most importantly, time and time again, we witness the unique bond between families, especially parents and their kids.
On any given night you can find Carmine’s on Penn filled with love, laughter and food made to share. Not only do we support the Denver community, but also the families that live here.
We are honored to host Warren Village, a local nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness in single parent families, for a fundraising dinner on Tuesday, July 12. We will donate at least 50 percent of every meal purchased – both dine-in and take-out – to the organization. By dining at Carmine’s with your family on July 12, you will help support a single parent family getting back on their feet.
We’re hoping to pack the house and celebrate families of every age, shape and size. Give us a call at 303-777-6443 today to reserve your table for this special evening.
To learn more about Warren Village and how they are helping single parent families in Denver achieve self-sufficiency, visit www.warrenvillage.org.
For more than two decades we’ve shared our passion for Italian wine with our family, friends and anyone who joins us for dinner at Carmine’s on Penn. A love of vino (wine) has been a part of Italian culture for centuries, and the Italian Peninsula is known for housing some of the finest vineyards and wineries in the world.
Some of our favorite moments are when we have the opportunity to introduce a restaurant guest to a new Italian wine. We love sharing our extensive knowledge of Italian wine with you – our friends, family and restaurant patrons.
Over the years we’ve noticed the rise in popularity of Chardonnay, Merlot and even Moscato. While these are all wonderful varieties, we’d like to spotlight a less popular but equally delicious Italian wine variety:
Known to some as ‘purple wine soda’ and others as the cheap, poorly made wine from the 1970s, Lambrusco is shaking off previous conceptions and inviting wine drinkers to give it a second sip.
Lambrusco is a well-made sparkling red wine, boasting a perfect balance of sweetness and crisp acidity. We have found that a glass of Lambrusco provides a blissful escape from workday stress — particularly when enjoyed on the Carmine’s patio.
Currently, we are offering Cleto Chiarli Amabile Lambrusco by the glass. We invite restaurant patrons to savor the flavor of this Lambrusco at Carmine’s. Whether you prefer to unwind inside or enjoy a relaxing evening on our patio, we’d love to introduce to one of our favorite Italian wines this weekend.
At Carmine’s on Penn, the only thing we love more than Italian food is our community. And we are honored to serve local organizations that make a lasting impact on the Denver community.
On Wednesday, June 1, we invite you to join us at Carmine’s on Penn for a fundraising dinner to benefit The Denver Waldorf School. On this evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite Carmine’s dishes knowing that at least half of the proceeds will support The Denver Waldorf School. The more diners we have, the higher percentage of proceeds we’ll donate!
Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s humanitarian curriculum, The Denver Waldorf School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, preparing them to bring relevant contributions to the world.
We’ve been inspired by the lasting impact The Denver Waldorf School has on their students, as well as the Denver community at large. We hope you, your friends and family will join us on this special evening to support the programs at The Denver Waldorf School.
Give us a call today at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot for The Denver Waldorf School Fundraising Dinner.
The long months of winter are finally coming to an end. Today is a day to celebrate — with a cocktail in hand on the Carmine’s on Penn patio! While our custom Italian wine selection is expansive, we challenge you to tantalize your taste buds by exploring the newly introduced cocktails of Carmine’s Sunset Collection.
Inspired by flowers blooming, warmer days and most importantly, the beautiful Colorado sunsets, the Sunset Collection combines fresh ingredients and our bartenders’ passion to create unique, handcrafted flavors.
Enjoy the early evening with the Pink Lemonade, intermingling hints of nostalgia with a refreshing blend of Denver Gin, Rosato Wine and fresh squeezed lemons. Complete your dining experience by indulging in the Stallion, a blend of E&J Brandy, Frangelico and White Chocolate Godiva.
Prepared in generous sizes and delivered in high quality glassware, all nine beverages from the Sunset Collection reflect our commitment to providing you with an unforgettable dining experience from beginning to end, first sip to last bite.
Throw superstition aside this Friday the 13th and help us start a new tradition of celebrating World Cocktail Day at Carmine’s on Penn. Your seat at the table is waiting!
Join Carmine’s Chef Joe on Wednesday, May 11 from 7-9pm for a special community dinner featuring a customized four-course menu to be paired with four hand-picked Italian wines. Seating will be limited to 20 reservations at $75/person. Call us today at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot.
It’s a place where the views are breathtakingly beautiful. Food is crafted with love. A wine connoisseur’s paradise. No, we aren’t describing Carmines on Penn, but rather Tuscany. We’ve fallen in love with Tuscany, and we hope that after an evening learning about the region, you will too!
Located in the central region of Italy, just north of Rome and south of Genoa lie the rolling hills and rich culture of Tuscany. Unlike its metropolitan neighbors, Tuscany holds on to a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Meal preparation in Tuscany begins early in the day. Sauces simmer and meats marinate until they reach perfection; each dish handcrafted and assembled with love.
With so much love put into each dish, there is special attention placed into the quality of ingredients. Ingredients are fresh, preservatives non-existent and the wines originate from local vineyards.
Meals are savored and shared with friends and family. Ranging from one to three hours per meal, the people of Tuscany enjoy each other’s company while delighting in the delectable dishes.
We love the values of the Tuscan culture because they align so closely with those of Carmine’s. Not only do our chefs arrive at the kitchen early in the morning to start cooking, but we also focus on creating an atmosphere that allows families and friends to share a part of their day together.
We want to share our favorite memories of Tuscany and invite everyone to join us for a Tour of Tuscany dinner and wine pairing event on Wednesday, March 16. Owner Brad Ritter will host an evening walking guests through food and wine inspired by his most recent travels throughout the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. Join us for a meal that will delight your taste buds and feed your mind. Space is limited! $75/person. Call us at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot at the table.
Make your reservations now! This year’s Denver Restaurant Week is February 26th – March 6th and we have a menu to excite every member of the family! Whether it’s a date night for two or a family affair, be sure to stop by Carmine’s on Penn to celebrate this local culinary tradition.
For $30.00 a person, restaurant patrons will be able to choose one dish from each category. For more information, please visit Denver Restaurant Week.
Ravioli alla Vodka
Sausage and Peppers
Tour of Italy
Pasta alla Capo
White or Red Clam Sauce
Chicken alla Carmine’s
Baked Ziti w/Italian Sausage
Baked Ziti w/Bolognese
Baked Ziti w/Primavera
Baked Ziti w/Meatballs
Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Chip Cannolis
New York Style Cheesecake
Vegetarian and gluten free options are available! Don’t wait – give us a call today and reserve your spot!
Before cutting out carbs – or even your beloved Italian food – for those New Year’s resolutions revolving around losing weight and eating healthy, we wanted to share how certain elements of the Italian culture can actually help make some of the most common resolutions of 2016 a reality.
At Carmine’s on Penn, we believe in knowing where our ingredients come from – and it’s not from a can. We stay away from processed food and prepare our meals fresh every day. When available, we do our best to source local and regional ingredients based on the season.
“First and foremost, we cook! We bake bread, we start with whole vegetables, we roast our own turkey for sandwiches. We discuss what we are looking for with our vendors and ask them to search out what we desire,” explains owner, Brad Ritter.
In addition to cooking with the freshest ingredients and avoiding processed food, Carmine’s on Penn offers a variety of substitutions for those with dietary restrictions. With over half of our menu ‘gluten-intolerant friendly’, our knowledgeable wait staff is trained to help guide restaurant patrons through the menu to find the perfect meal that fits with their dietary restrictions.
And it’s not just the type of food, but also how we encourage you to eat it, that can help you keep up with your New Year’s resolutions.
Our chefs spend all day cooking and preparing your dinner, so it would be a shame if you only spent 12 minutes eating it! To dine at Carmine’s means you must first take the time to talk with your dining companions and your service staff to decide your meal. Because our food is served ‘family style’ with portions made to share, the dining experience is more communal and intentional than at other restaurants. We encourage you to sit back, chat and share your time, food and wine together.
Whatever you’ve determined to be your New Year’s resolution, we hope to see you and your family at Carmine’s on Penn in 2016.
Celebrate National Pasta Day this October 17th with your favorite pasta dish at Carmine’s.
With over 300 known shapes, pasta is one of the world’s favorite foods. Generally, the larger shapes work better with thick, robust sauces, while skinny shapes suit light, cream sauces.
Here at Carmine’s, we offer our customers three different pasta types imported from Italy – spaghetti, linguine and ziti.
Spaghetti is the classic pasta shape. These are long pasta with a rounded shape, perfect for twirling around a fork. Spaghetti is best paired with light sauces like tomato or garlic and olive oil because they will coat the strands evenly without weighing them down. Need more than just pasta and sauce? Go ahead and top with fresh herbs or diced tomatoes to add some texture.
Linguini pasta is long, flat and narrow. Because it is thinner than other pastas, it pairs best with with simple sauces like Alfredo or delicate proteins like seafood. We like to add linguine to most of our seafood dishes, and we especially love it with our White and Red Clam Sauce, Seafood Marinara, and Lemon Shrimp Calabrese.
Ziti pasta is tubular and short like penne, but lacks the ridges and has a square cut. Short, tubular pastas go well with sauces that are thick or chunky. Ziti pasta is best known as an element in pasta bakes, like our Baked Ziti. We recommend adding Italian sausage, vegetables, meatballs or Bolognese to really complete the dish.
The possible combinations of pasta and sauce are limitless, giving you more than just one way to enjoy National Pasta Day. Come celebrate with us on October 17!