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Carmela

city centre · Italian · ££££
Excellent
5.2/6
198 Reviews

About Carmela

Carmela is an authentic, family-run Italian restaurant in the heart of Horsham town centre on Denne Road. With a strong local reputation, gorgeous renovated 16th-century manor location and friendly character welcoming passers by, Carmela is always bustling and boasts an atmosphere reminiscent of a Sicilian seaside trattoria. This association continues on the plate. Run with passion and care by the Racti family, Carmela respects the traditional techniques of Italian food, though adapts the dishes to fresh, local British produce. Luckily, seafood fits beautifully into both these requirements – try the king prawn, gem broccoli and chilli maremonti and you’ll see what we mean. With fabulous outdoor seating, great wines and beer, satisfying pizzas, meat and vegetarian dishes, too, Carmela is a great choice for authentic Italian dining in Horsham.

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Address

Carmela
3 Denne Road, city centre
Horsham RH12 1JE

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Rabbit bruschetta

Rustic chargrilled bread topped with pulled rabbit, chorizo and cannellini beans in a spicy tomato sauce.
£6.95

Gamberoni skewers

Shell on king prawns and red peppers skewers chargrilled and served with red onions and rocket salad.
£7.50

Antipasto casa

Selection of cured meats and mozzarella bites served with focaccia bread.
£7.50
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Mains

Salmone grigliato

Grilled salmon fillet served with grilled vegetables and roast potatoes.
£16.95

Costata di manzo

450gr/500gr Grilled T-bone steak served with house salad, sweet potato chips and Carmelas chilli mayonnaise.
£23.95

Carmelas zuppa di pesce

King prawns, tiger prawns, white fish bites, calamari, white clams and mussels cooked in a white wine, chilli and tomato stew. Served with rustic garlic bread. (Please allow extra time for this dish to be cooked)
£19.95
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Pizza

Calzone all’mortacci

Folded pizza with mozzarella, tomato, spicy ventricina romana salami and our ragu’. Served with Carmela’s chilli mayonnaise.
£13.95

Porcini e provola

(without tomato paste) White pizza topped with porcini mushroom, smoked provola cheese and thyme topped with rocket and parmesan shaves.
£12.95

Menu (General)

Main Menu

Every Day - All Day
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198 Carmela Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Rona W.7 days ago · 2 reviews

Really good variety on menu, staff were helpful, efficient and courteous, even on a bust Friday evening didn't feel rushed and didn't have to wait for our food which was really delicious. Not our first visit and definitely won't be out last!

"Excellent"6/6
Eddy G.7 days ago · 1 review

Excellent excellent excellent! Fabulous food and service, all served up in beautiful modern surroundings. Definitely on my revisit list . The best Italian by far and the chicken I had was the best i have tasted

"Excellent"6/6
Andrew C.8 days ago · 1 review

A fantastic experience - we absolutely loved the food - all freshly cooked

"Excellent"6/6
Joan C.8 days ago · 2 reviews

The staff were very wecolming and looked after us extremely well. The food was excellent and served attractively and an improvement on the usual chain Italian restaurants. I would not hesitate do go there again.

"Good"4/6
Kevin M.8 months ago · 2 reviews

Having had an excellent experience just a few weeks ago, we decided to dine at Carmela's again. We were a party of five adults. Greeted warmly we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink at the bar. After 30 minutes we were shown to our table. Starters were slow to arrive but were very good. Our mains took even longer. One main was disappointing, but the other four were excellent. An alternative main was offered but declined. Overall, a pleasant experience but overshadowed by slow service. Staff were aware and apologised for the delays. Carmela's is an excellent restaurant so we will return. Thankfully, the food compensated for the delays!

"Excellent"6/6
Jacqui M.9 months ago · 1 review

So pleased we chose Carmela! Meeting friends in Horsham we decided to try this Italian restaurant for the first time. Warmly greeted on arrival we were not rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy a pre-dinner drink before being shown to our (upstairs) table. For our starter we selected a sharing platter comprising fish, prawn, calamari and a salad garnish which was delicious. Mains were very tasty as were the desserts. We chose the Sicilian red wine which was superb. The table service was friendly and efficient. All in all, an excellent restaurant.

"Great"5/6
imgAnnemarie M.2 years ago · 1 review

My husband and I went for lunch at Carmela's. We received a warm welcome and were shown to our table. The restaurant is very light and airy, and the chairs are comfy. There is a lot of variety on the menu, I'm sure there would be something for everyone. The waitress was very friendly, and answered my fussy questions! I chose the Beef salad, which was steak served on a rocket salad with Parmesan, and sweet potato fries, my husband had pizza. We both really enjoyed our meals. We will return.

"Excellent"6/6
Joanna B.a year ago · 1 review

1st time at Carmelas. Simply amazing. Lovely family feel and we were looked after by lovely staff from the moment we walked in. Our food was delicious and the pudding was delightful. Finished off with a desert wine. I would recommend Carmelas without hesitation and will definitely be returning.

"Excellent"6/6
imgCraig N.2 months ago · 1 review

What an amazing place, from the location to the way the resturant was designed. But it comes down to the staff, what lovely warm and funny people. Clearly a family run place but the feeling and warmth they have towards you, you clearly are part of that family for the duration of your stay there. The food quality was outstanding. Everyone in our group were so empresses by the amount of food and the way it was presented and tasted. I’m not a massive fish lover when it comes to food and it was suggested to me that I should try the board special and WOW, what a stunning dish. I have nothing negative to say about this place. Everything was just how I wanted my afternoon to go. Well done a keep up the good work. Amazing. X

"Excellent"6/6
J E.3 months ago · 1 review

I had the beef carpaccio starter with Rocket and shaved parmesan,, followed by the grilled lamb shoulder marinated in garlic and rosemary, with butternut squash and Moroccan herb couscous. which was excellent. The desserts were average, would have preferred to see exceptional traditional desserts. The ambience and atmosphere in the evening always makes the meal something special. Thank you to the staff at Carmela.

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