At Cara Mia on Hillside Avenue, it’s all in the family. From the opening of the first restaurant in 1970 to present day, family has provided a concrete base for success and an authentic dining experience. With a menu constructed around typical Italian dishes, Cara Mia utilizes fresh ingredients, aged vinegars and tantalizing sauces.
An Italian dining experience is a marathon, not a sprint. At Cara Mia, this style of dining is encouraged through a surplus of appetizers, salads, entrees and sides. Begin your meal with the fried calamari – light and. In the mood for something truly authentic? Taste the eggplant rollatini – fresh eggplant rolled with ricotta cheese, baked in marinara sauce, topped with melted mozzarella.
Entrees include the traditional chicken parmigiana, francaise and Marsala. More inventive entrees include the Capri – breaded cutlets topped with tomato, onions, mescaline lettuce and fresh mozzarella cheese. One of the house specialties, pork chop Valdostando, presents a pork chop stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese, smothered in a Portobello mushroom sauce – truly delicious.
Pasta acts as a large portion of the menu at Cara Mia, combining classic dishes such as lasagna and baked ziti with homemade specialties such as gnocchi Bolognese, an aesthetic presentation of homemade potato gnocchi in a creamy meat sauce. Vegetable inspired dishes include the spinach ravioli marinara and spinach ravioli Portobello. This ravioli will bring you back to your grandmother’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon – fresh, textured, tasty.
Italian people take their seafood very seriously – and at Cara Mia, the seafood menu is nothing less than serious business. Mussels, shrimp, clams, scungilli, calamari, flounder and salmon – this is just the beginning to a mouthwatering, delightful Italian experience — complete with creamy garlic sauces, fresh mozzarella cheese and the family’s hearty marinara sauce. Share a variety of entrees and add some sides – perhaps the sautéed escarole or asparagus. Make sure to try the famous meatballs created by Liberata, the grandmother that inspired great success for Cara Mia— providing recipes, family support and an abundance of love.
Cara Mia separates itself from other Italian restaurants through its quality, homemade specialties and genuine love for food. From the small city of Brocastella, Italy to the streets of Queens, family recipes have stayed strong and quality ingredients have prevailed.
At Cara Mia, the mission statement is simple, to the point and admirable: “We cannot emphasize to you, our valued guests, our desire to make your dining experience with us the best you’ve experienced. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you at our establishment very soon.” Visit Cara Mia on Hillside for savory entrees, a pleasant dining atmosphere and a nostalgic visit to the streets of central Italy.
220-20 Hillside Ave
Queens Village, NY 11427
Tue-Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat noon – 10 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Credit cards accepted