, Group Friendly
: Be prepared for your jaw to drop a bit when your server brings your entrée. The plates and portions are huge so bring a healthy appetite to this family style Italian restaurant. You can't come to this restaurant without trying something off their huge pasta menu including lasagna, ravioli with cheese and manicotti. Be sure to order house specialties like the rack of lamb, prime rib chop or the four pasta special. If you have allergies, be sure to check their dining recommendations on their website. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter.
Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus
: Part of a small New York City chain, Carmine's in Penn Quarter is a vivid reminder of just why family-style Italian cuisine is so popular. The usual suspects – including Caesar salad, manicotti, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, cold or hot antipasti, chicken marsala and good old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs – are all available on the expansive menu, but so, too, are less-typical dishes. That means if you're not in the mood for pasta, you can opt for the broiled porterhouse steak, prime rib chops or broiled lobster instead. And if you've got food sensitivities and don't know what to order? Turn to the special menu outlining the best choices for the gluten-, garlic- or dairy-intolerant, vegetarians and vegans. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter.