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Carabba's -- How do I make the best of it [moved from Pennsylvania board]

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We are having a holiday luncheon at Carabba's (not my choice, my boss chose it).

What are the best choices there? I figure with good advice, I can at least make the best of it.

TIA

Francis

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  1. I end up (unwillingly) at Carabbas once a month with co-workers (not adventuresome in the least). I only ever eat mussels. Perhaps now and then, a plate of sauteed spinach to go along (ask for pine nuts on it; I'd like it better with fresh garlic rather from a jar). Their filets are pretty good. Mashed potatoes are gummy. I think the pork chops are off the menu now -- not bad either. It's reliably mediocre, which isn't the worst thing that can happen for a holiday lunch....

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    1. re: birgator

      eat the delicious warm bread with the delicious seasoned dipping oils, then have the fried calamari (which is actually quite good). the mezzaluna are pretty okay but after the bread & calamari, you will probably have had enough. it is not really so bad.

    2. stick with the basics. Pasta, chicken parm, soups.

      1. Just drink a few carafes of their house wine... it will all be delicous :)

        1. You should try their chicken marsala. I don't know how authentic it is, but I think it tastes great!

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          1. re: madgreek

            I was there twice and both times I had this pasta...it had artichokes and olives among other things in it. Being Italian when I am in place's like that I tend to stay away from the tomato sauces as they are never as good as mine. This pasta dish "wasn't bad" but I haven't been back since.

          2. Anytime I end up there, I generally enjoy the grilled seasoned chicken breast - the Chicken Gratella, I think? It's not too fussy and the leftovers reheat very well the next day. I also LOVE their bread.

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            1. re: Suzy Q

              I get made fun of whenever I exclaim "the bread here is really good" somewhere (maybe because I do it at so many restaurants), but the bread at Carrabba's really is great, with their herby dipping oil especially.

              Chicken Bryan is my favorite dish there; grilled chicken topped with caprino cheese and sundried tomatoes. The Ricardo sauce with banana peppers for the calamari is tasty too.