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BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
Allston
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: No

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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gethebassics

02/10/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Authentic Italian

Half of the Italian restaurants in the North End could not compare to Carlo's. Don't let the simple decor and shabby exterior fool you - inside, you will taste some of the most delicious Italian food in your life. Prices are reasonable, with pasta/chicken in the $14 to $17 range. The bruschetta was to die for! Toasted bread smothered in garlic and butter, topped with fresh diced tomatoes... mmm. The waitstaff is very friendly and VERY Italian. The atmosphere is a bit cramped, but the bar decor definitely gives customers something pleasant to look at!

dpauldin

04/09/2009

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Overall
the best italian outside the north end

Carlo's is hands down the best italian food for a very reasonable price. they have a nice house chianti and the gnocchi is probably the best i have ever had. their red sauce is perfect!

gp317

12/26/2008

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Overall
Amazing!

Food is great. Place is small, but I like the intimate appeal. Wait staff is decent. I go for the food, not the service!!! Highly recommended!!!!

mb1940

02/28/2008

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Overall
Hidden Gem

I walk in to Carlo's the hostess told me it would be 15 minutes wait . I waited 35 minutes , I was a little upset, But when I sat down and started to eat my whole atitude changed. I had the shrimp app. I t was to die for. For my main course I had the giancarlo it was chicken with sausage and potatoes in melted in my mouth. Then I just could not stop eating so I had the tiramisu the best I had in a long time. It is not a place to be romantic with all the small table pushed togther but I will go back . The food was outstanding.

maddenp

09/28/2007

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Overall
Hidden Gem!

I walked into Carlo's reluctantly, to be honest I wasn't expecting much. I was also turned off by the prices on the menu, I thought they were overpricing at such a tiny restaurant. But the food was great, it exceeded everyone's expectations. This place is a good find, I'll be going here a lot more often from now on

bosox04

07/20/2007

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Overall
what is everyone talking about

I took a date to this place the other night. I thought it would be a nice cozy place to bring my date. I was dead wrong, this place is awful. The second we walked through the door it smelled like a nasty kitchen. The food was average at best. For italian food this place should be ashamed of themselves, and the parking in this area is just as bad as the north end. At least the north end has great food to outweigh the parking hassle. I do not recommend this place at all, its nasty.

thaiboo

03/05/2007

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Overall
Exhuberant Italian outside the North End

This is a no-frills, small, noisy, bustling place. Your elbows might be jostled as you eat because it is so small, but that won't distract you from the huge, delicious spectacle on your plate. There is only one reason to go here: the food itself. The portions are large and are on the heavy side (especially if you get pasta with meat or sausage), so you'll have enough to pack home for another meal. Try the homemade pasta of the day.
APRIL 2007 UPDATE: Yup, still good. Went on a Sunday dinner and the place was much calmer and more enjoyable for me.

sugargal

02/28/2007

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Overall
Carlo's so good!

I love the food here, it all starts with that unbelievably good bread and olive oil infused with olive and with olives. Since I love olives, it can't be better than that. The food always tastes fresh and so flavorful. The appetizer I usually get it this eggplant cheese thing which is so good, the sauce has nice big chunks of tomato the cheese everything just always tastes so good. The gnocchi is excellent both dishes that are available and the involtini's wine sauce is brilliant. The tiramisu is the perfect ending to the meal I haven't had any of the other desserts but I can only imagine how good they are. My problem is when I'm at Carlo's I just crave that tiramisu. Overall, the best ever, literally ever!

johnzoidberg

09/10/2006

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Overall
Mouth watering food!

This place was down the street from us for months when I finally convinced my bf to go. Boy was he happy I made him. The anti-pasto platter with peppers, olives, cheese, and proscuitto was so good I thought I'd die. The penne with alfredo, chicken, and broccoli is to die for. I think I saw my bf's eyes roll back in his head when eating it. The fresh pasta with onions and veal was amazing! I wish we could eat there everyday! Its very small and they don't take reservations but the tables turn over quickly. Go on an off day, or early on a weekend. Trust me I moved here from New York City and have been looking for a well priced Italian place for a long time. This place is it!
The only dissapointment is dessert which I would skip and head over to Herrells next dooe for ice cream and the best choc. brownies ever!

mariela26

07/13/2006

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Overall
Good food

This place has really great food at a reasonable price. However, it is pretty crowded and the waitstaff isn't particularly friendly. The room is small and the tables tiny, so you'll feel like you're eating with the people in the table next to you. I recommend the Fettuccini a la Marissa.

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