Visit Carini’s La Conca d’Oro at its convenient east-side location and you’ll enjoy Sicilian delicacies prepared by a master and served in a gracious, friendly atmosphere. Italian music playing on the sound system and the seascape paintings and fishnets filled with shells adorning the wall are clues to the specialty here.
Chef-owner Peter Carini came to the U.S. in 1966 from Porticello, a small fishing village near Palermo, where he learned from his mother that good Italian food is prepared by taste, touch and instinct. Peter also brought to America a great knowledge of seafood. Dishes are individually prepared in a simple manner using the freshest foods and the finest ingredients. The chef insists on a “scratch kitchen,” with no commercially made mixes or shortcuts. The restaurant’s name means “Conch of Gold,” although conch is served only as an appetizer.
Seafood specialties include dishes featuring squid, clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels, swordfish, cod, tuna and salmon. Carini’s caters to beef-lovers as well, and those who have a taste for chicken or veal. You can take a little bit of Carini’s home with you, as the restaurant sells its marinara sauce, spaghetti sauce and flavored garlic oils at the restaurant, as well as various east-side specialty stores. Gift boxes also are available.