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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Carmelo Restaurant Review: With a balcony offering panoramic views of riverfront bustle and a menu of richly sauced pasta, meats and seafood, Carmelo has long been a popular French Quarter destination. Though the menu has some pitfalls and run-of-the-mill fare, the basic preparations are often the most rewarding and rise to the occasion. For instance, garlicky shrimp done scampi-style are tender and flavorful, and a tender escallop of veal piccata has the right citrus-tinged bite. Pockets of crespelle pasta are filled with a satisfying blend of four cheeses. Steaks are offered only when the meat seems to hit the right quality mark, a proper attitude in our opinion. The all-Italian wine list tallies up about 100 different offerings, with several labels presented by the glass. Balcony seats make fine perches when the weather is nice, and otherwise the two floors of dining space each showcase a burnished-wood bar and soothing paintings of Italian landscapes.