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This was our first time to Carrabba's. We went to the Lancaster, PA location which is about a 40 minute drive for us. We don't usually head down to Lancaster very often, but think we just found a new excuse to visit more often.
When we walked in there was an immediate relaxed and warm atmosphere. The restaurant was very open, but still cozy. There were tables that could seat larger parties and comfortable booths for smaller parties. You could see and hear the chefs cooking away in the exposed kitchen. As a hopeless foodie, I loved that.
Our server greeted us and asked if we had ever been to Carrabba's before. When she heard that it was our first time, she kind of looked shocked at first, and then she proceeded to tell us all the things we needed to know. I was impressed, as she explained the menu, that everything is made fresh. That meant that my husband, who has a violent hatred of tomatoes, could request that they be left out of a certain dish. She basically told us that we could add, omit or substitute anything on the menu. Her words were, "If we have it in our kitchen, we can do it!"
Next, our server brought out a small, warm, sliced loaf of Italian bread. You know the kind that is deliciously crusty on the outside and soft on the inside? She also brought a small plate that had a mixture of herbs, spices and garlic. I was getting excited for what was next. She drizzled some olive oil over the spice mixture and left us to experience the simple pleasure of good, basic ingredients, that combined, make magic.
Now to order. On the menu you will see that some entrees give the option of a small or regular portion. I ordered the small portion of Pollo Rosa Maria which is grilled chicken breast stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto, topped with mushrooms and a basil lemon butter sauce. My husband had the small portion of Pork Chop Marsala which is a center cut pork chop topped with mushrooms, prosciutto and a Lombardo Marsala wine sauce. In all there were 8 different entrees that had the small or regular portion.
The smaller portion seemed to run about $2 less than the regular serving size and the nice thing is that you still get soup or salad before your entree.
I had the Pasta Fagioli soup and my husband had the Sicilian Chicken soup. They were both excellent. The chicken in the Sicilian Chicken soup looked like it was just pulled from a whole chicken breast. The pieces were so big, my husband had to use a knife to cut it into smaller pieces. He kind of liked that they weren't skimpy with the chicken. I loved the Pasta Fagioli. It was simple and so savory. I need to find a good knockoff so I can make it at home. Carrabba's also has a Minestrone that is offered everyday.
At this point I was glad that I was ordering a smaller portion. From the bread and delicious soup, I was starting to get full!!!
Soon after we finished our soup, our entrees were served. My plate had a very generous portion of redskin mashed potatoes and one serving of the Pollo Rosa Maria. I am assuming that the regular portion has two chicken breasts. I was more than happy to savor just one portion the grilled chicken and the subtle basil lemon butter sauce with a forkful of mashed potatoes.
I know that a second portion of chicken would have gone home with me in a box for the next day's lunch. I finished feeling full, but not so stuffed that I was uncomfortable.
My husband raved about the Pork Chop Marsala. I had a bite and I must say that it was bursting with flavor. I am getting that next time! I was happy to hear him say that the small portion size was perfect for him. He was completely satisfied.
The other good thing about smaller portions is that maybe you will still have room for dessert. We didn't this time, but I am eying these Bachini, "little kisses", for next time!
I want to thank Carrabba's Italian Grill for this fun opportunity to review their smaller portion size menu options. I was so impressed by the flavors, freshness and great service. I would gladly recommend this restaurant and smaller menu potions to anyone who understands the saying that "great things come in small packages!"
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