Sunday, March 9, 2014

Carrabba’s Tyngsboro -

Carrabba’s Tyngsboro

386 Middlesex Road Carrabba's Italian Grill on Urbanspoon
Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Phone: (978) 649-8388

Website link: Carrabba’s

Carrabba's in Tyngsboro offers flavorful, handmade Italian dishes prepared to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Guests enjoy Carrabba family recipes handed down for generations including crispy calamari, homemade lasagne and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over our wood-fired grill.” …from their website.

PJ’s Ratings:

  • Overall – 5 of 5
  • Service – 6
  • Food - 5
  • Drinks (full bar) – 4 (could have been a tad more generous)
  • Ambience – 4 (crowded, but still pleasant)

· They offer call-ahead waiting-list placement – use it! We drove 45 minuets and then waited another 60 before being seated.

· Saturday night – arrived 5:30 – seated at 6:30. – Waiting area still packed at 8:00.

This review’s Visit: 2014/03/08 – 5:30 P.M.

Server: Kristen – Excellent service – One of the very best servers, ever!


· Calamari - $9.90 (Large)clip_image006
Hand-breaded to order and served with our housemade marinara or spicy Italian pepper and lemon butter sauce

Fried calamari is my favorite appetizer. Carrabba’s version is the standard against which I have measure all others – it’s still the best! If you like fried calamari – try it!

Main Dishes:

· clip_image008Veal Parmesan - $18.90
With Green Beans

It’s not on the menu. When Kristen too our order, I commented that when we lived in Houston, our local Carrabba’s on Bay Area Blvd. would always make Veal Parmesan for me although it wasn’t on the menu. She replied that, “Sure we’ll make it – we have the ingredients, and everything is made from scratch anyhow!”

It was exactly as my taste buds remembered from Houston. The tender and generous medallions of veal were cooked perfectly.

The green beans were a little too “crisp” and not enough “tender”.

· PajamaGal had the “Baked Ravioli Parmesan” - $12.50

She loved them. Although they were plentiful and she intended to take some home, there were only 2 left when she pushed the plate away.

Our friends had a Filet Fiorentina*, and a Shrimp Risotto

The filet was so tender that Ron cut it with his fork. Kathy said her risotto was delicious.

We didn’t have desert. From the fresh-baked bread to the salads and entrees, everything was just as it should be. PajamaGal and I each had a cocktail, and with the starter and entrees our check was $60.

It’s no wonder why the place was packed! We’ll be back!

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