It was out 17th wedding anniversary yesterday. We celebrated the day with a beautiful drive up through the mountains with our big boy Vinnie. After dropping him off at home, we freshened up a bit and went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill for a delicious Italian dinner. Larry wanted me to cook, and when I refused, he said he would cook, and serve up some leftovers. UMMMMM, NO!!!!!!!! I cook everyday, I was NOT going to cook on our anniversary, nor did I want leftovers either. So we chose to go to Carrabba’s instead. That was indeed a very good choice. We don’t go out to eat all that often, unless we are traveling, but every now and then we do. We always love our dinners at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The food is always fresh and delicious and there is always so much of it too.
Carrabba’s is a chain restaurant, and usually I try to write about the smaller, independent restaurants instead of the chain restaurants, but good food deserves a shout out regardless of where it comes from, and this was most definitely very good food. Carrabba’s Italian Grill is owned by Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., the same company that owns a lot of other national restaurant chains, like Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, and Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Carrabba’s is an Italian-American restaurant best known for its wood-burning grill, that is the inspiration for so many great Italian dishes and recipes.
When we first sat down, we were greeted with some delicious warm bread and a pesto dipping sauce. I could very easily make a meal just on the bread alone, and all too often I fill up on bread and then don’t have room for my dinner when it comes. Although I was good this time, and did not fill up on bread, I was still too full to finish my dinner.
For our main meals, Larry ordered lasagna. Lasagna is one dish I don’t cook all that often at home because I am not a big cheese fan, and particularly not ricotta cheese. Both of our meals came with the choice of soup or salad. Larry ordered a salad to go with his meal. I was cold and soup just seemed to hit the spot, so I ordered the sausage and lentil soup as my starter. Both were very good.
Larry’s lasagna was just what he was hoping it would be and he ate every bite. It was loaded with with both pomodoro sauce and meat sauce, and ricotta, Pargmigiano, romano and mozzarella cheese.
Being the seafood lover that I am, particularly when it comes to shrimp and/or scallops, I ordered the Spiedino di Mare, or breaded shrimp and scallops topped with lemon butter, with fettuccine Alfredo as my side dish. I only ate half of my dinner, so I get to enjoy it once again for lunch. Both the shrimp and the scallops were grilled to perfection and the pasta was very light and filled with flavor.
Once again, we left very full and very satisfied. We went to the Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Westminster, CO, located at 7401 W. 92nd Avenue. Look for the Carrabba’s near you for a delicious Italian-American meal. !Mangia!
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time