Carmelos’ Ristorante opened October 4th, 1992 at 238 Snelling Av. S, St. Paul, in the spot formerly occupied by the Ginza, a Japanese restaurant. The Carmelo’s folks – brothers Tony and Christopher Sisinni – put in a new kitchen and remodeled the 44-seat dining room in Italian provincial style before opening. Carmelo’s is, of course, an Italian place. It features pasta and sauces made in-house, plus a smattering of veal, chicken, and sausage dishes. The operators make their own bread and make their own sausage.
Tony Sisinni is a former executive chef with the Sheraton Hotel chain. This brother is a former Milwaukee banker, Camelo, incidentally, is the name of their late grandfather, who ran a bar and restaurant in an Italian neighborhood in Milwaukee.