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Feb 20, 2007 09:45 AM


I'm almost embarrassed to be asking this, but here goes...

Is this place any good? I've never eaten chain Italian food that I would consider even remotely edible but for some inexplicable reason I love Carraba's commercials and have become intrigued. I'm sure I would hate the place but I need to hear that from some real CH's.

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  1. It's called advertising, don't get sucked in!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Carrabas, like most chains, tends to polarize Hounds. I like Carrabas a lot. I like the menu, the service, their salad, the bread and seasoned olive oil and the fried calamari. I think it's a step above most Italian chains, such as OG and MG.

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      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        Never too much garlic. their mussels are wonderful

        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          I agree wholly with Janet from Richmond, it is a reliable dinner out especially when traveling.

        2. Horrible, overly sauced, too much garlic Italian food!

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          1. re: Suzie

            There is no such thing as "too much garlic" in my humble opinion.

          2. I love Carraba's but I also LOVE lots of sauce and garlic. The mussel appetizer is wonderful and yummy to dip your bread in, the quail is delicious. I am a fellow Houstonian and started at the original Carraba's and watched it grow over the years and I still love it. When I go back to Houston I have to eat James Coney Island, Antone's, Texadelphia and Carraba's. It's worth a try for sure!

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