Carbone’s Celebrates 80 Years in Hartford (sponsored post)

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Photography courtesy of Winter Caplanson 

Photography courtesy of Winter Caplanson 

To commemorate its 80th year, Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford is serving a Roman Dinner on weekdays from April 2 through June 29. A menu previously reserved for very special occasions –– the Roman Dinner is a 7-course chef tasting menu, including specialty wine to pair and a small gift to take home. True to Carbone’s tradition, certain courses will be prepared and served tableside.

From fig bruschetta with prosciutto di parma and housemade ricotta to grilled diver scallops with shrimp, pepper-crusted petite filet with dolce gorgonzola, and a few of the classics––these courses are sure to impress. The entire experience is $65, or $80 with wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. 

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A look back on 80 years: In 1938 –– the middle of the Great Depression –– brothers Charlie and Tony Carbone, made the bold decision to turn their gas station into a restaurant. Located near Hartford’s Buckeley Stadium, the restaurant serviced the patrons and players of the Hartford Chiefs, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves. The stadium hosted notables such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Warren Spahn, and Gene Conley.


In an era when Italian cuisine was not yet appreciated by the average American, the menu first featured “Chicken in the Rough” (now known as Fried Chicken) before working in Italian staples like spaghetti, meatballs, and grinders.

Photography courtesy of Winter Caplanson

Photography courtesy of Winter Caplanson

Over the past 80 years and 4 generations, Carbone’s Hospitality has grown and evolved. We’ve expanded to include 2 more locations –– Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield and Carbone’s Prime in Rocky Hill, along with full service catering and private dining. One thing that hasn’t changed –– our commitment to treating guests like family.

While the Roman Dinner will only be available in our Hartford location––We invite you to visit us at any of our three locations, below.

Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford, 588 Franklin Ave. |

Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield, Wintonbury Mall. |

Carbone’s Prime in Rocky Hill, 838 Cromwell Ave. |