Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare at Carino's Italian. This Groupon is valid at the Sandy and West Jordan locations.
The culinary artisans at Carino's Italian draw from classic recipes to handcraft dishes that whisk diners to Italian shores. Shared noshes lead off the menu, offering families the chance to simultaneously devour spinach-artichoke dip ($8.99) with slices of garlic bread or one communal spork. Chicken or sausage sizzle on the skilletini's scorching skillet ($13.99), piled high with spaghetti, spicy marinara, and a jumble of onions and green bell peppers encased in bubbly parmesan cheese. Sliced roma tomatoes and fresh basil bedeck the classic margherita pizza ($8.99), and pepperoncinis and a tangy sauce lend the grilled-barbecue-chicken pizza a taste that's punchier than a sleepwalking boxer ($9.99). Alternatively, starch-evading guests can take advantage of Carino's gluten-free menu, where sautéed green beans, spinach, and agreeable carbs take center stage.
When it came time for the team at Johnny Carino’s to come up with some new recipes, they began rifling through their personal cooking histories. Executive chef Chris Peitersen took his first kitchen job at a barbecue joint when he was 14, so he was primed to create Italian baby back ribs. By infusing brown sugar barbecue sauce with balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, he’s given the marinade a more acidic bite than typical barbecue sauces. As the ribs slowly roast and char on an oak grill, he bastes on his creation before finishing the dish with a dusting of parmesan.
The ribs are one of Carino’s many menu items that follow the restaurants’ approach of classic Italian preparations modified by forward-thinking flavor combinations. Diners will find a crispy pepperoni burger capped with mozzarella and fried pepperoni, or sautéed tilapia spiced with garlic and jalapeño. Other signature dishes include the 16-layer lasagna, Skilletinis that sizzle with spaghetti and a choice of meat, and tiramisu made from scratch.