Carbone's Restaurant located on 280 Cedar Street (Rte 85) in Hopkinton MA has been a traditional Italian/American Restaurant for the last 74 years. Three generations of Carbone's have kept this place growing for many years. This Hopkinton MA landmark opened for business in 1933 under the management of Edward Carbone who named his establishment, "The Good Fellows Club." He was soon joined by his mother and father who began to serve home-made pasta, fried chicken, and veal cutlets.
When Edward left to serve in the armed forces during World War two, his parents continued operation of the restaurant until his return. The capacity of the restaurant at the time was 10 to 15 diners. After the death of Edwards father in 1945. the other Carbone son, Peter, joined his mother and brother after his release from the armed forces in 1946. By this time the expansion of the now famous restaurant was underway.
In 1944 the restaurant was expanded and a cocktail lounge was added. The restaurant became more and more popular and the soon enough the Carbones realized another expansion was necessary. Carbone's Restaurant was again expanded in the 1950's this time with purchase of an additional 5 acres adjacent to the property. This time the kitchen was made larger as well as the parking lot and storage areas. A few years later the old Carbone's homestead adjacent to the restaurant was torn down to accommodate the present dining room. The last expansion took place in the 1960's with the addition of another cocktail lounge.
Carbone's interior was remodeled in the 1990's. Presently, Carbone's Restaurant is a favorite spot for many family's in the surrounding towns. The food, although not extravagant is reasonably priced. Some of the signiture dishes include the Chicken and Veal Parmigiana. The pizza at Carbones is also quite tasty. Carbone's draws quite a weekend crowd. During the work week this is a popular spot for lunch with some of the local business's along with the older set who stops in for a bite to eat.
My parents Ted and Carol Gassett, took me there regularly as a kid growing up in town. I always looked forward to going to Carbone's as the staff was always fun and friendly. Through my parents, I have grown up knowing the Carbone Family. Maryann and Peter Carbone still can be found mingling with their guests in this family restaurant.
If your in the mood for a casual weekend Italian dinner, I would be sure to give Carbone's a try!
** Some information taken from the Milford Daily News article 1/2/1976.
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