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Carb Load before the Marathon

Bethheth Jan 22, 2010 05:33 AM

My husband is running the Austin Marathon next month. I was looking for suggestions for good Italian the night before the race.


  1. drdelicious Jan 23, 2010 03:55 AM


    Mandola's Estate restaurant is good for Italian.
    Sorta a drive depending on where you live in Austin, but a good experience... to me better than most of the Austin places (all though I do enjoy Vespaio, parking isn't always easy down there).

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    1. re: drdelicious
      sanmiguel Jan 27, 2010 01:50 PM

      You didn't say whether this is your husband's first marathon or not. Carb-loading in the form of all you can eat pasta is not the recipe for a personal record. He should eat the same type of pre-race meal as he has done while in training before his weekly long runs. I once wrecked what would have been a great Napa Valley marathon by eating too much spaghetti the night before.

      1. re: sanmiguel
        Bethheth Jan 28, 2010 10:42 AM

        It is his 20th Marathon . . . .

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      verily Jan 22, 2010 08:51 AM

      I think Cannoli Joe's would be a carb loader's dream. All you can eat Italian buffet. The quality is decent, better than Olive Garden, though not nearly as good as Vespaio and Andiamo.

      1. amykragan Jan 22, 2010 08:20 AM

        Vespaio gets lots of love on this board

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