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Carbone's Restaurant Hopkinton MA ~ Family Tradition for 74 Years!

 Carbones restaurant Hopkinton MassCarbone'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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Comment balloon 10 commentsBill Gassett • September 28 2007 12:05PM


Everyone is always looking for a good Italian restaurant. Sounds like Carbone's is a successful family restaurant in Hopkinton, MA!

Posted by Team Gagliardi Daytona Beach Real Estate (Re/Max Signature) about 12 years ago
Janis - Carbone's is a great family style restaurant. I am a big fan of Italian food myself. I am always looking for new places to try. There are quite a few great italian restuarants in Boston.
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago
Next time I get to your area, I will eat there!
Posted by Lori Lincoln And Associates, Top Agent Taunton,Dighton Rehoboth &more (Top Agent Serving Dighton Taunton, Rehoboth and more!) about 12 years ago
Lori - Thanks for commenting. If your looking for a good italian meal, Carbone's will be a good place to try.
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago

My parents use to take us there growing up, it was alway a nice time!  I never knew the history in it, thanks for sharing that. 

Posted by Lisa Mahoney, Worcester County Massachusetts Real Estate (Angel's Realty) almost 12 years ago
Lisa - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think a lot of parents brought their kids to Carbones overthe years. It is certainly a good family atmosphere...actually a great atmosphere for everyone!
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 12 years ago

As a small child, in a family of 10, I remembered that we  saved carbone's as a special place to go if you had achieved something good in school.  You were allowed to pick what ever you wanted to eat, usually the baked stuffed shrimp, it was the best.  my dad and many in the area thought their salad with the blue cheese dressing was out of this world.  As this town has grown i think that people have forgetten an awesome italian classic.   Going to Carbone's makes me feel like i'm going back home. The service is always first class and the food is not only something my grandmother would have loved but my friends who love the north end could appreciate.  the veal cutlet is not to be out done by anyone in the area.  give it a try


 loyal patron

Posted by Mary Poillucci almost 11 years ago

Hi Mary much like you as a kid, I looked forward going to Carbone's with my family. I always thought the chicken parm and pizza was fantastic. You are right about the service it has always been top notch. Thanks for dropping in and commenting on Carbone's.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago



Carbone's was and is a family institution. I grew up in Hudson and was there almost every Friday for dinner with my parents. My fav's were always the Veal Parm, Haddock, or New York with Mushrooms. Of course, I did cheat and have Pizza once in a while and my God Parents/ Uncle & Aunt John & Jo Costedio were notorious for ordering the Baked Stuffed Lobster.

Nice article you posted. Makes me homesick!


Posted by Mike Ware almost 9 years ago

Mike thanks for dropping by. Carbone's still to this day is a landmark that everyone recognizes. You can always go there to get a decent meal at a reasonable price!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 9 years ago

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