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Behind the Bar: Q&A with Brandi the Bartender

Let’s go behind the bar with Brandi for the inside scoop on her favorite Carmine’s dish, favorite adult beverage, and her go-to wine recommendation…

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Q: Carmine’s employees are known for their longevity at the restaurant. How many years have you worked at Carmine’s?

A: Compared to everyone else, I’m a newbie! I started here June 2014, so I’m coming up on one year next month.

Q: There are so many menu options at Carmine’s. If you had to pick a favorite, what would it be?

A: Honestly, I think we make the most amazing cheesecake on the planet. But aside from dessert, I’m a big fan of the Chicken Montana, Pasta alla Carmine’s, and Chicken or Veal alla Carmine’s. If you want veal, Carmine’s is the place to get it.

Q: As a bartender, you can probably mix up a drink with your eyes closed. What is your favorite drink to make behind the bar?

A: I pour an awesome glass of wine! Other than that, I really enjoy making an Old Fashioned. It’s such a classic drink and for some reason, it seems to taste better here at Carmine’s.

Q: And what about your favorite drink to enjoy after hours?

A: I’m all about the bourbon. 

Q: Carmine’s has a pretty extensive wine list. If it were in stock, which wine would you recommend to a customer?

A: Try the Sor Ugo Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend from the Aia Vecchio Winery in Tuscany. If you’re looking for a smooth red wine, this is the one.

Q: Last question and probably the most important! Why do you love Carmine’s?

A: First of all, I knew about Carmine’s before I even moved to Denver! I had heard wonderful things about their management, and it all turned out to be true. They take good care of us, don’t micromanage our work, and encourage us to be ourselves and let our personalities shine. Plus, it’s always nice to enjoy a free family-style meal with your coworkers after a long night.