I was surprised to see that there was a wait on a weeknight, but pleased that it was a short one. They were gracious enough to accommodate my table preference and we settled in to pore over the menu which I was amused to find contained a smattering of Italian words with no translation. (Picchi Pacchiu?) We asked our server for her recommendations and I was a little alarmed at how heavily she pushed the grill. Undeterred, I selected the Mezza Luna Ravioli, which sound like exactly the kind of creamy, hearty winter food I was craving. The hubby must have felt similarly because he ordered the Italian Classics (Chicken Parmesan and Lasagne) and selected more pasta as his side.
Bread and drinks were quick to appear and the drink refills happened so fast as to be magic.
The hubby and I had each selected salads with vinaigrette dressings (the meals came with your choice of soups or salads) and they arrived promptly.
Our main dishes came up half way through our salads, a bit of timing I find rather annoying as it forces you to reshuffle the table mid dish. Regardless, our sever was pleasant and cheerfully offered us a sprinkling of Romano, which is a nice change of pace from the standard Parmesan.
The hubby enjoyed his meal (shown at the top of the post) describing the meal as cleanly done. He was happy with the nice thin cut of chicken used for the chicken parmeasan, but also found the food to be a bit heavy on the salt. His side of spiral noodles were served in a spicy red sauce and he was pleased with the kick that they had.
After trying Carrabba’s for myself, I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. It’s average Italian food at rather high prices. I wouldn’t object if dragged back by a group event, but as far as seeking out Italian food on my own? There are better local places.
Total for the meal: $36.40 (Includes two meals and two drinks)
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