Abruzzo cuisine is what we serve. It's a blend between the Northern style-lighter, and the Southern style-heavier Italian fare. Not all of our recipes are comprised of the typical tomato based sauces you'll find in many Italian restaurants. Carmela Cucina Italiana endeavors to prepare a variety of savory dishes created with sauces and spices intended to entice and seduce your palate. We will tempt you with our selection of delicious house-made appetizers, enhanced by our soup and salad - included free with every entree - we serve a different soup every day, made from scratch by Carmela using only the freshest of ingredients, and our house salad, made with the freshest greens we can source, served with our award winning house-made Italian dressing..... Now on to the Entrees - yes it can be a struggle, but you'll eventually have to decide.....which one!! Take your time, relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail from our full liquor bar - this is what we are all about! ....... Choice made? - Great, now take your time and savor each bite, share tastes with your friends and family and have yourselves a great time!!.........but don't fill the belly so much as to "not" leave room for dessert (take some of that Entree home!)........... Big sin if you skip dessert!, because this feast should culminate with the enjoyment of one of Carmela's house-made desserts - pure decadence? - yes (but you deserve it, remember?) Now that's the "Total" Carmela experience..........Oh Happy Belly!

Full Liquor Bar

East Dining Room

West Dining Room

Outdoor Heated Patio Dining

Table by the Fireplace

Carmela Cucina Italiana      823 Grand Avenue      San Marcos      California      92069     760-471-2131