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Carmine's Restaurant Restaurant Review: Carmine Sprio made a name as a TV personality and as chef-owner of Carmine's, an American-Italian restaurant, before closing it in 2009. He resurfaced in 2011 with the city's first churrascaria, Carmine's Brazilian Grill. That lasted only to New Year's Eve 2012, after which the downtown venue was converted --- some would say reverted --- to Carmine's, with essentially the same cuisine as the original, along with an upscale casual atmosphere and personable service. Among returning favorites are braised veal cheeks, vegetable risotto, bresaola, and zuppa de pesce. Pistachio-crusted lamb chops, gnocchi Bolognese, and roasted salmon with leek fonduta and potato croquette are also on the menu. Count among the best desserts the “Fallen” chocolate soufflé with ice cream and chili chocolate pudding. The restaurant has a full bar and a well-chosen wine list that complements the menu, with an Italian-dominated by-the-glass section.