Carrabba’s. Yet another chain that hasn’t lost any flavor, fun, or authenticity the more restaurants keep popping up around the country. Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have a bunch of locations in Pennsylvania, including the one in Mechanicsburg.
The look, the feel
Carrabba’s keeps things cozy and Italian with their decor. Low lighting, family photos, and richly hued accessories make a trip to Carrabba’s a feast not only for your stomachs but also for your eyes. Carrabba’s is not flashy, however they are able to create this combination of casual elegance that makes it the perfect place to take the kids or have a romantic date. This is a little bit more of a pricey restaurant though, so it might be the place to go when you’re looking for somewhere to splurge or celebrate a great accomplishment.
The food here is awesome! Carrabba’s values fresh ingredients that add to the authenticity of their dishes. For starters, the bread basket and olive oil/spice dipping sauce they give you before your meal is delicious. The bread is soft, yet crunchy around the crust and pairs classically well with the dipping oil. If you are in the mood for pizza, try one of the ‘do it yourself’ versions. With these pizzas, you can pick any combination, up to three toppings, that will send your tastebuds into a frenzy. A special recommendation would be a pizza with the Italian sausage, basil, and sundried tomatoes. Salty from the sausage and slightly sweet from the basil and tomatoes, this pizza is a definite rockstar! The pasta selection here is serious, but all of it is good. Manicotti, Linguine with seafood, classic spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, lasagna, and the list goes on. The Chicken & Spinach Cannelloni is an exceptionally perfect dish as it incorporates chicken with spinach, garlic, fontina and romano cheeses. This is all topped off with a succulent cream sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?? If not, how about this-Chicken Bryan. No, it’s not named after the guy named Bryan at the next table. This dish gets chicken all fancy by topping it with sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and a basil lemon butter sauce. Pair this or any one of Carrabba’s dishes with any wine on the list, as an ever so wonderfully polite waitress explained that their wines are carefully selected to go well with any of the meals.
Make sure you bring your appetites with you when you visit Carrabba’s. From start to finish this place will have you loving Italy and all its culinary tricks.