“Trundling through the kitchen on their way to the living room, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the other regulars at the Sunday poker game would dip bread in the sauce on the stove. Reminds me of a scene right out of Goodfellas. Hands together in a gesture of prayer, eyes heavenward, they would praise Carmine Sr.’s wife and thank her for giving them a little taste of home. You can still get that sauce today. Well…not THAT one.” One For the Table Interview
It all began in 1972, when Carmine Competelli Sr, opened Carmine’s. It wasn’t long before the quaint New York style Italian restaurant became a sensation in Los Angeles, CA. Carmine’s was known to be the spot for the iconic “Rat Pack”. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would often frequent Carmine’s. The history is rich and the stories are endless. After Carmine Sr. passed away, his son Carmine began to run the restaurant with his mother in 1982. In the mid nineties, Carmine Jr. and his partner, Kim Pappaterra reopened the restaurant in 1995 and so, the story lives on.