A lot of people avoid chain restaurants because they don’t equate them with quality food. If that was a rule, this place is definitely an exception to it! From the wood burning pizza ovens to the house made salad dressing, this place is pretty good!
Last time I went to a Carrabba’s was about 10 years ago, while I was in Virginia for some Navy training. I had never heard of it because we didn’t have one in the New Orleans area. I didn’t know it was a chain, but when I walked in and found out, I wasn’t expecting very high quality food. I remember I got the Veal Marsala and was surprised at how good it was! I was long overdue to get back.
We decided on:
And the food!
We started off with the Carnevale Pizza as an appetizer. It was great! You could taste that it was made in a wood fired oven. Nice crispy crust.
You get a choice of a soup or salad with your entrée. My dining partner had the lentil and Italian sausage soup. She said it was really good, and a little spicy.
I had the Caesar salad. Our waitress told us they made their salad dressings in-house. It was yummy! Nice salad.
My dining partner had the Rigatoni Campagnolo. She liked it a lot. It sure looked good. She was eating pretty aggressively so I was scared I’d get hurt if I reached over and tried to get a bite.
My Shrimp & Scallop Linguini Alla Vodka was delicious. I was thinking the dish would have those small bay scallops in it. Nope. Huge sea scallops! The shrimp were huge too. In fact, I cut the shrimp and scallops in half. Very good dish.
Finally, the Cinnamon Apple Crostata for dessert. A hot apple tart topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fantastic.
One final note. Some time back someone gave us a Carrabba’s coupon. We were in the mood for Italian, so we figured we’d come in and use it. As usual, I never read the fine print, but did right after we sat down. It said “Valid after 4:00PM”. It was about 1:00PM. The waitress noticed the coupon sitting on the table and asked if we wanted to use it. I told her I hadn’t noticed the fine print, so it was no big deal if we couldn’t use it. She checked and said it was no problem! Very nice of them.
Great place! I recommend it.
4641 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006 Ph: 504-779-2252