Carrabba's Italian Grill – OremPosted: November 4, 2010
With a new addition to our family, Roni and I were convinced that we would never be able to eat out again. But not being able to eat out doesn’t mean not being able to enjoy quality restaurant food. Roni and I are big fans of doing pickup for orders. This week we decided to try and review a place we hadn’t been to before, Carrabba’s Italian Grill.
When ordering something for pickup, the easier it is for us, the better. Obviously, most places have some sort of system where you can call in and pick up your order. While this allows for easy pickups, there is always the concern that the other party won’t hear everything you say. Conversely, you could have problems hearing them because of screaming kids in the background. Our new favorite is an online ordering system. You can take as long as you want to look over the menu. Another bonus is that you can add in a note for any specific instructions you want to add, so you can be as picky as you want without your server rolling their eyes. Part of the online ordering (at least at Carrabba’s) is that you put in a brief description of your car so that they can bring your food right out to you, another great service for those of us with kids.
One of my big worries when ordering for pickup is that the quality of the food will diminish. I am glad to report that this was not the case. Items coming from Carrabba’s wood-burning grill are heavily featured on the menu, and for a good reason. I ordered the chicken trio (Chicken Marsala, Rosa Maria, and Bryan) and Roni ordered The Carrabba (Chicken and Sirloin Marsala). In my dish, you could taste the smoky flavor in the chicken, and the three sauces were complimentary to the flavor of the chicken without overpowering it. The chicken itself was cooked well– not dry, not undercooked. While all of the chicken trio was good, the standout in my dish was the Chicken Bryan. It was topped with sun-dried tomatoes and a soft goat cheese. Now, I’m not normally a goat cheese kind of guy, but this cheese was milder than your standard feta, and had a soft creamy texture that left me wishing I had more of the dish to go around. Roni’s sirloin was perfectly seasoned and cooked exactly as she ordered.
The portions were also quite generous. My dish came with garlic mashed potato that tasted fresh, as well as a salad. The salad dressing was flavorful, but not overwhelming. For a side salad, the portion was actually quite generous. One nice touch was that they gave us a loaf of the bread they usually serve to the tables to take home with us. The crust of the bread had a satisfying crunch, but the inside remained soft (in my opinion a problem with Italian bread in general).
The one downside was that our appetizer of fried zucchini was a bit soggy by the time it got home. I recognize that is not really their fault, so I didn’t mark them down. Even so, you should probably stay clear of fried items, as they won’t transport as well. That being said, the zucchini was well seasoned and came with a great dipping sauce.
Overall, I would recommend Carraba’s for pickup. It was reasonably quick, quite delicious, and very satisfying. We look forward to eating from there again!
Ease of Ordering: 5
Food Quality: 4
Portion Size: 4.5
Overall Experience: 4.5
Price Range: $12-$20
tl;dr: very easy online ordering for tasty food.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
683 E. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84097