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Carmine Ristorante is one of the most famous Italian restaurants in Ecuador, and one which began with a story of luck and good fortune. Chef Carmine, who had been out of the country for some time, returned to find an old friend who was in turn leaving the country - in the middle of setting up a new Italian restaurant! Carmine of course took over the establishment, lending his name to the business and his skills to the kitchen.
With Head Chef Carmine at the helm, the restaurant soon opened its doors to the public. In a stunning setting, the restaurant occupies a staggeringly beautiful and lovingly restored republican house. The building overlooks a lovely little plaza surrounded by ancient trees; you'd be forgiven for thinking you're dining in the Tuscan hills, with this backdrop.
Although an Italian restaurant, Carmine is decidedly international, with a strong leaning towards Italian cuisine. The diverse menu covers some fine, fresh dishes including pappardelle al pesto, sea bream a la livornese, and swordfish carpaccio. Dishes definitely feature more fish and seafood than other meats, which not only is a healthier option, but caters to the chef's strengths, so you know you're getting the best dishes possible.
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 5pm