Rafferty's: Best bar and grill
Restaurant is located close to the main street.
In spring and summer you can sit outside on a wooden terrace. The staff is really nice and the food is just delicous!!! You wanna immediatly go there when the flavor gets in your nose when you pass it on the street.
Favorite Dish: Ceasar Salad
Garlic mashed potatoes
Famous Dave's Barbecue: Feast off of a trashcan lid
The food is incredible if you like barbecue. We had the feast and it was served on a trashcan lid set up in the middle of the table. They also cater and have carry out service that makes it great for parties.
Favorite Dish: All-American BBQ Feastý (serves 4-5) $52.99
A Full Slab of Spareribs, A Whole Chicken, ý pound of either Beef Brisket or Chopped Pork or Double-Smoked Ham, Coleslaw, Famous Fries, Wilbur Beans, four Corn Bread Muffins and four Corn-on-the-Cob.
I can put away the groceries and we took food back with us for later. You will not leave hungry!!
- Food and Dining
When you step foot into...
When you step foot into Karlo’s Bistro Italia you may think you’re in Florence, Italy, instead of Florence, Ky. — except for the spacious setting and Frank Sinatra crooning in the background.
Tables are adorned with flasks of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and warm Italian bread is brought to the table almost as soon as you sit down.
The decor is on the fancy side with dark ceiling-to-floor pillars, lace curtains at the windows and a bar off to the side. However, Karlo’s — formerly called Italianni’s — also has a family feel, attracting a group of teens, a family with children, an elderly couple and a large group of adults on the evening we visited.
But it’s the reasonably priced and tasty food that entices. It’s the same menu offered under the restaurant’s former name.
On our first visit, my companion and I selected two pasta dishes, which were brought to our table within 10 minutes. I had the shrimp fra diablo — a fettuccine dish of shrimp sauteed with garlic, asparagus and spinach in a spicy tomato sauce and topped with pine nuts and feta cheese.
Staying on the shrimp theme, my companion had shrimp danielli — a shell pasta dish tossed in spicy tomato stock with roasted mushrooms, peppers, diced tomatoes, garlic and basil.
Both dishes were a well-priced $13.95. The portions were generous, and since we filled up on bread dipped in spiced olive oil and vinegar, we had leftovers to eat in front of the television later that night.
On our second visit, my companion tried the penne remigio ($12.95) — a pasta combination of blackened chicken, spiced sausage, onions and peppers in a marinara sauce. I started with a small country mista salad ($2.95) of assorted greens, walnuts, tomatoes, Italian bacon, tomatoes and vinaigrette topped with Gorgonzola cheese. For my entree, I selected the angel hair pasta with chicken, spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, garlic and mushrooms in a light lemon and butter sauce (10.95).
Again, our meal was at our table in about 10 minutes.
I later asked proprietor Scott Moody about the speedy service and he said that Karlo’s has a lunchtime guarantee for parties of six and under to have meals on the table within 15 minutes or lunch is on him. Dinner entrees may take a little longer, he said. Both of our visits were at dinner time.
Mr. Moody stressed, though, that each dish is made to order. The lunch menu is more reasonably priced, ranging from $6.95 for some sandwiches to $9.95 for dishes like smoked salmon fettuccine.
The dinner menu also offers pizzas ($7.95 to $8.95) and appetizers, such as stuffed mushrooms ($5.95) and portabella-stuffed ravioli Alfredo ($8.95).
Many dinner entrees are more pricey, such as the 14-ounce T-bone steak served with fettuccine Alfredo and vegetables ($17.95).
Both lunch and dinners offer an array of salads and soups.
Karlo’s has an extensive wine list and a dessert menu. Though we’ve never had room, the likes of tiramisu, cannoli and creme brulee seem too enticing to pass up every time.
A tip: Look for another Karlo’s in Greater Cincinnati within a year, Mr. Moody said.
Down the road a block: Restaurant Row
All kinds of food. Anything you want down the road by the highway by I-75 right off the exit there is a row of restaurants
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