WELCOMES YOU and hopes you will enjoy having dinner with us. Caruso’s was started in the 1930’s by Nicasio “Caruso” Zagona, and has remained in the family since then. Tucson’s original Caruso’s was located about a block south of its present site. An August rainstorm and flood literally washed the place away, so we moved to higher ground, where we’ve remained for the past seventy years or so.
The restaurant’s interior layout, its patio and most of its food preparation methods were developed by the senior Zagona, although inevitably some changes have been made through the years. We now have more efficient equipment, of course, but the techniques for making our pasta (for pizza, ravioli, lasagne, manicotti and cannelloni) and our homemade sauces are basically the same.
The heart of the place is the “big copper pot,” visible from the main dining room. This pot has contained all the Caruso sauce served since our first days in Tucson. We trust that you will find the sauce from this pot — and everything else at Caruso’s -as good as it was when served by the master chef — “Caruso” — himself.
AntipastoA refreshing assortment of appetizers on a bed of lettuce, seasoned with homemade Italian dressing.
Platter for 4: $24
ITALIAN SALAD. . . $ 6.50
Seasoned with homemade Italian dressing
HOMEMADE SOUP . . . $ 6.50
Ask your server for Today’s selections
LARGE SOUP . . . $ 9.50
The Caruso Special!A combination of ALL these traditional Italian Favorites:
•Spaghetti •Meatballs ­ •Meat & Cheese Ravioli
Served with your choice of Meat sauce, Marinara sauce, or White Garlic-Mushroom sauce.
PastaSpaghetti, Penne, Linguine or Rigatoni
Served with your choice of sauces listed below . . . $ 14.50
RavioliHomemade, Choice of Meat (in egg pasta) or Cheese (in spinach-egg pasta)
Served with your choice of sauces listed below . . . $ 18
The “Half and Half”Ravioli and your choice of Pasta
Served with your choice of sauces listed below . . . $ 16.75
SAUCES FOR PASTA AND RAVIOLI DISHES:
• Caruso Sauce • Marinara Sauce • Mushroom Sauce • Meat Sauce • White Garlic Mushroom Sauce
Meatballs (Homemade)• Two, on any of the above orders, add. . . . $ 5.50
Italian Sausages (Homemade)• Two, on any of the above orders, add. . . $ 8.25
Traditional Italian FavoritesServed with Garlic Toast
Our all-time favorite, made with homemade noodles, layered with a cheese-meat sauce, and baked in a blanket of cheese.
Lasagne al Forno served with:
Chicken Parmigiana. . . . $ 20.25
Eggplant Parmigiana . . . $ 19.50
Homemade Meatballs. . . . $ 19.75
Vegetarian Lasagne . . . $ 18
Homemade noodles, layered with spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, and a variety of cheeses. Covered with a red sauce and baked under a blanket of cheese.
Chicken Alfredo. . . . $ 20
Spaghetti with a boneless chicken breast, served with a creamy Alfredo sauce.
Shrimp Alfredo . . . $ 23
A liberal helping of tender shrimp, topped with a creamy Alfredo sauce. Served on spaghetti.
Shrimp and Scallops Alfredo . . . $ 25
Tender shrimp and sea scallops with creamy Alfredo sauce and mushrooms, served on spaghetti.
Chopped ocean clams, simmered in a white sauce of garlic, fresh herbs, mushrooms and white wine, or in a lively red marinara sauce. Served on spaghetti.
Shrimp Mediterranean or Shrimp Marinara . . . $ 21
Tasty shrimp, simmered in a white sauce of garlic, fresh herbs, mushrooms and white wine or in a zesty marinara sauce. Served on spaghetti. Add chopped Ocean Clams . . . $ 23
A Seafood-Pasta Delight! . . . $ 25
A variety of seafoods in a white sauce (garlic, fresh herbs, white wine and mushrooms) or a red marinara sauce. Served on spaghetti.
Chicken Tetrazzini. . . $ 18
Chunks of chicken breast in a creamy white sauce with mushrooms and peas, baked over penne with a crunchy cheese topping.
Stuffed Shells and Eggplant Parmigiana. . . $ 20
The shells are stuffed with ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and, together with eggplant, are baked parmigiana style.
Broiled eggplant wedges, covered with a red sauce and a variety of cheeses, and baked.
Cheese Manicotti. . . $ 17.50
Homemade spinach pasta tubes, filled with ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. Covered with a red sauce, a variety of cheeses, and baked.
Breasts of Chicken Parmigiana . . . $ 19.75
Two boneless chicken breasts covered with a red sauce, topped with mushrooms, a variety of cheeses, and baked.
A boneless chicken breast and mushrooms with cheese-stuffed pasta shells, covered with marinara sauce and a variety of cheeses, and baked.
Spinach Cannellone. . . $ 18.75
Homemade egg pasta rolled and stuffed with spinach, cheese, and mushrooms, all seasoned with herbs and baked in a red sauce covered with cheese.
Chicken and Eggplant, Sicilian Style . . . $19.75
Braised chicken breast, eggplant wedges and mushrooms, covered with a tangy red sauce (or, if you prefer, a white garlic sauce) and baked with a cheese topping.
WE PREPARE ORDERS TO TAKE OUT
$2.50 ea. topping
$4 ea. topping
$5 ea. topping
• Italian Sausage
• Ground Beef
• Green Peppers
• Extra Cheese
• Diced Onions
• Black Olives
• Green Olives
Cheese, Olives, Onions, Mushrooms, Sausage (or Pepperoni) and Green Pepper
SMALL 9" $20, MEDIUM 13" $27.75, Extra Large 19" $36
Cheese, Olives, Onions, Mushrooms, and Green Pepper
SMALL 9" $17.75, MEDIUM 13" $25.50, Extra Large 19" $33
Side Orders• Bowl of Caruso Sauce or Marinara Sauce ... $4.75
• Bowl of Mushroom Sauce or Meat Sauce ... $5.75
• Bowl of Alfredo Sauce ... $8.25
• Side of 3 Meatballs with Caruso Sauce ... $8.25
• Side of 2 Sausages with Caruso Sauce ... $8.25
Minimum service per person $12. Large pizza boxes +$2 each.
Gratuity Not Included
All Desserts $6 Each• Spumoni
• Cappuccino Freeze
• Limoncello Cake
Please see our wine menu for a complete listing of wines and bottled beer.
Beverages• Coffee (regular or brewed decaf) ... $2.50
• Iced Tea or Hot Tea ... $2.75
• Milk, Soft Drinks, Lomonade (with Refills) ... $3.50
• Sparkling Italian Mineral Water ... $5