Choosing pizza toppings is a lot like being married: if there is an irreconcilable disagreement, both parties take half. Grab a piece of the pie with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Carmela's Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar in Stuart.
Carmela's menu translates a family tradition of hospitality into fresh Italian entrees, oven-fried New York–style pizzas, and a selection of 120 sommelier-selected wines, 80 of which are available by the glass. The authentic Italian wine bar showcases a cascade of palate pleasers such as the Terra Rosa malbec 2007 from Argentina ($10/glass, $38/bottle), while the bar's special small plate menu ($4–$14) lists suggested pairings for each bite. In Carmela's dining room, patrons can watch pizza artists craft, bake, and sign their name in tomato sauce with masterpieces such as the square Grandma pizza ($15), 16 inches of Carmela's signature thin crust crowned with a choice of toppings such as meatballs, eggplant, or roasted red peppers ($2.50 each). Pies can be further fancified with specialty toppings, including prosciutto or gorgonzola cheese ($5 each). Other hand-held fare such as panini sandwiches and wraps ($7–$8) asks to be kept at arm's length at both lunch and dinner. Bellies begging to brim with a bigger entree may choose the veal ossobuco ($18), served with a chianti reduction atop creamy polenta, a side of pasta and two garlic knots, perfect for tying around fingers as a reminder to order another bottle of wine.
Carmela's environs satiate optic appetites with lush representations of Italy: the dining room's full-length mural suggests the Mediterranean Sea viewed from a villa, whereas the art in the elegant wooden bar area features a gondola on the water, ready to transport the viewer to the other side of the painting. The cozy walls occasionally echo with quarter notes on nights that feature live entertainment.
Carmela's Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar
Cooks stoke brick ovens to bake specialty pizzas crowned with roasted red peppers, prosciutto, and gorgonzola cheese in the kitchen at Carmela's Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar. Their darting hands scatter cheese, ladle on sauce, and gently rest sheets of pasta as they craft lasagna. The murmur of conversation drifts from the high-topped tables in the dining room, where glasses clink together making the sound of a knight trying to get out of a Volkswagen. Behind a bar hewn from gleaming wood, bartenders reach up to shelves stacked high with bottles of wine, pairing vinos from the extensive list with lobster ravioli or signature white pizzas topped with mozzarella, ricotta, and garlic.