We decided to return to Carino’s Italian Restaurant in the West Covina Eastland Mall complex. We went for dinner on a Tuesday night. We were greeted promptly by the hostess who warned us that they were short-handed that night with only two waitresses so there would be a 25 minute wait unless we wanted to eat in the bar area. As neither of us drinks, we waited for a booth or table.
When we finally got seated, Allison got us waters and a bread basket with a plate of garlic in olive oil for dipping our bread. She was very helpful answering our questions about the menu and giving Dorothy a heads up that they might still be out of ribs because their normal delivery is on Wednesdays.
Add-on Salad $3.25
I added the house salad to my dinner This was pretty much a simple add-on salad with a variety of lettuces, tomato pieces, red onion segments, croutons, carrot slices, pieces of red cabbage and balsamic dressing. I enjoyed it though nothing stands out as special about it.
Italian Chicken Balsamico Combo $20.00
· Chicken Balsamico
· 7 oz. sirloin, medium rare
Dorothy wanted the Italian Combination with Chicken Balsamico and Carino’s Italian Style Baby-Back Ribs. Unfortunately, we arrived on a night when they were out of the ribs so instead, she ordered 7 oz. Johnny’s Sirloin Steak, medium rare. Dorothy got two types of pasta. Her chicken came with angel hair pasta while the combo itself had a pasta side so she got linguini.
Chicken Balsamico is balsamic glazed chicken breast served with angel hair, spinach, Roma tomatoes and Parmesan. The chicken breast was tender, but typical of chicken breast, it was a bit dry. The glaze, however, made it just moist enough and flavorful. We both enjoyed it.
Her Johnny’s Sirloin Steak arrived medium rare as ordered. We considered this impressive for a restaurant that isn’t primarily a steak house. It was a delicious steak. Thanks to all of the bread we ate while waiting, I got to enjoy most of this steak the next day as leftovers that we took home.
Allison brought Dorothy freshly shaved Parmesan cheese which she used on her pasta. She thoroughly enjoyed the pasta.
Lemon Pepper Salmon $16.99
Carino’s marinates their Lemon Pepper Salmon filet in Italian herbs, topped with sautéed artichoke hearts, Roma tomatoes, spinach and a wine lemon butter sauce, served with fresh vegetables. The sauce was deep enough that the salmon was wonderfully moist. I like salmon, as much as any fish dish, because it’s a firm, flaky fish.
However, I find it generally very dry unless it has a glaze. In this case, there was no glaze but rather there was the marinade. I think of this salmon as the best I can recall having.
The Triadex discount of $10 off $30 was a mailed coupon that we received.
Despite their being shorthanded, which caused a delay getting seated, we really enjoyed our dinners and felt that the service was excellent.
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Carino’s Italian Restaurant #1613
147 N Barranca St.
West Covina, CA 91791
Comments (949) 421-5965
Catering: (888) 924-2287
Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant website
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