My childhood Restaurant Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Restaurant:

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Address:

5925 Kingstowne Towne Centre

Alexandria, VA 22315

Price Range:

$10.00 – $25.00

Hours:

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is an Italian-American cuisine restaurant chain with approximately 88 locations worldwide. The restaurant was founded in 1988 by Philip J. Romano in San Antonio, Texas. He now operates an abundance of restaurants in Dallas, Texas. Romano has established many other restaurant chains, but his most notable ones are Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Fuddruckers, and EatZi’s.

As a kid, my family and I used to go to Macaroni Grill (as we called it) pretty frequently. I loved it there. Considering the Pandemic and how little time I had, I did not enter the restaurant this time. Instead, I ordered curbside pickup. But I will do my best to describe the ambiance. It is very family-friendly and is accessible to everyone. A wonderful part was that there is a big sheet of paper put across the tablecloth so that you could draw on the table. I remember asking my mom to draw me something, my brother and I would always play Tick Tack Toe or Hang Man. That is one thing that I always remember when I think of Macaroni Grill. 

The restaurant’s overall atmosphere is inviting, I recommend going with friends and family, but I

do not recommend going there on a first date. There was an adequate number of

items on the menu. I did not feel overwhelmed or limited about the choices.

Although there were not many choices on the dessert menu, I was expecting that.

The food was prepared quickly and was delivered right after I called to

let them know I have arrived. The server was polite in person but on the phone

seemed a little aggressive when I asked to repeat her question that I did not

hear.

For the main dish, I

will be including my and my mother’s thoughts and reviews. For my main dish, I

had the Pomodoro Tortellacci. Each tortellacci was placed neatly except for one

(maybe due to me driving). It made me feel hungry just opening and looking at

it. The taste was not highly flavorful, but very filling, and the sauce went

well with it. The texture was creamy, silky, and cheesy. The pasta was al dente

and easy to cut. It was not undercooked or overcooked. It was just right. I think that if I come here another time, I will order this meal again. I recommend trying this dish. 

For dessert, I tried the Chocolate cake. The presentation was not the best, and

that part could have been because of me driving. Some of the icing wiped up

against the container leaving a chocolate smudge. The taste was rich and

moist. The cake was a little underbaked and spongey, and the nuts gave

it a bit of a crunch. I could not finish the cake because of how big the

slice was and its richness. I didn’t hate it, but I probably wouldn’t order it again. I do not recommend this dish. 

Next, the main dish that my mother ordered was the

Butternut Tortellacci. The presentation looked attractive and made her want to

eat it. The taste was creamy, savory, and flavorful. The texture of the pasta

was al dente. The cheese felt creamy, and the squash was soft but firm. Just right.

By looking at the menu, you can see that Macaroni Grill

intends to make pasta dishes and various other dishes.

But not and abundance. The menu is created to show the best or most popular

items in each category, and the presentation is kept simple but

attractive. The price-point of the meal and restaurant lived up to my

expectations. The price range for each meal is about $10.00 – $25.00. The total

price of both our meals, including tax, came out to be $50.88. 

Pros:

While the host on the phone seemed a little aggressive and

quick, the food arrived as soon as I hung up, and I did not have to wait long.

Cons:

The desert was not presented well and a little underbaked.

Overall, I recommend the Pomodoro Tortellacci and the

Butternut Tortellacci. But I would not recommend the Chocolate Cake.

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