Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

 Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Jodi and I were looking for a restaurant on Opentable for a dinner on a Friday. We decided to book a table at Cara Mia, an Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. We passed in front of it few times, so I thought we should give it a try. I admit that when we arrived, I has a bad feeling; it might be the fact that one of the staff members was outside, trying to convince people to come for dinner...

 Dining room at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Dining room at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

It is a big place, but, I thought it missed some charm that you would find in places like Rosemary's or Abbottega. The service was also not that great: it was slow and not because of the kitchen, but simply because the staff was not really paying attention at what was going on in the dining room. And trust me: the bill came faster than our food!

They brought us a bread basket after we ordered our food. There was focaccia as well as country bread in it, that we ate with some olive oil.

 Bread basket at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Bread basket at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

For the appetizer, we shared the calamari arrosto or roasted calamari with wild mushrooms.

 Roasted calamari at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Roasted calamari at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

The calamari was good and there were lots of mushrooms...and garlic. It was a nice start, despite the amount of garlic.

Then, we decided to order some house made pasta. Yes, Cara Mia offers house made as well as store bought pasta and it makes sense that they mention it on the menu. Jodi ordered the parpadelle that were served with portobello, porcini and shiitake mushrooms in a garlic and olive oil sauce.

 Parpadelle at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Parpadelle at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

 Parpadelle at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Parpadelle at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

On my side, I chose the cavatelli with bolognese sauce.

 Cavatelli bolognese at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Cavatelli bolognese at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

I definitely preferred the parpadelle that were cooked al dente and would have probably been great with the bolognese sauce, the cavatelli being a bit doughy. I was a bit disappointed to say the least, as I was really looking forward for fresh pasta.

We finished our meal with the tiramisu that was not good: it was dry and had an off taste.

 Tiramisu at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Tiramisu at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

 Tiramisu at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

Tiramisu at Cara Mia, Italian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen

It was a disappointing dinner at Cara Mia and I do not think I would go back anytime soon. I should have gone to La Masseria located few blocks from there!

Enjoy (...)!

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