I think I want to be adopted into an Italian family.
It’s not the first time I have thought this either, but it was just reinforced having walked away from the 50th birthday celebration at Port Pizza Bar (aka Carmine and Co).
50 years is a long time for a restaurant to exist, and to not just survive but thrive given the current climate is a massive achievement. Rest assured the guys and gals involved certainly know how to throw a party!
Thanks to Grays PR, myself and my family got to come along to enjoy the festivities.
I had never had the pleasure of being there before, but Carmine & Co is very impressive and homely at the same time. It has an immediate warmth to it, so it just draws you in. It then seduces you with their delicious pizza, arancini, pasta and zeppole. Rest assured, I really want to go back.
We were all treated to some amazing live Italian singing, pasta making, sauce bottling, zeppole by the dozens and even a pizza tossing and making competition from their alumni of chefs. The highlight of this was definitely the expert judging though…(yep, I was a judge!). The air was filled with chatting and laughter as their many regular customers filled their walls and spilled out into the ‘beer garden’, and I dare say the revelry continued long into the evening after we left with some happy but tired children.
We spend so much time looking for new things, it’s nice to be able to recognise those that have been plugging away successfully for so long. When you visit Carmine & Co, you can easily see the hard work, dedication and passion that has achieved this remarkable milestone.
Congratulations again to Carmine & Co! May it still be here in another 50 years (even if I probably won’t get to see it). And if you want to include us in your family get togethers, just get in touch…
Carmine and Co are open for lunch Wednesday – Friday and Sunday, as well as dinner from Wednesday – Sunday from 6pm till late. Closed Monday and Tuesday.