Romanos Macaroni Grill just opened its first
Massachusetts location on the north shore and its 11th location nationwide. This Italian
restaurant opened more than 10 years ago in Texas.
||When you step in, it is like you have entered the world of a
specialty chef with deli cases filled with seafood, steaks and pastas. The kitchen is
open, allowing guests to view the open flames, rotisseries and wood-fired dishes. Opera
singers gather at various tables to entertain guests while they dine and sip the house
wine, which is poured on the honor system.
Each glass you drink from the bottle on the table is marked with a
crayon on the paper tablecloth. At the end of the meal, the drinks are tallied up and the
guest pays for the number of drinks noted.
The menu here is large and so are the entrees. For an appetizer, we
sampled the Fonduta Gamberi ($6.99), a fondue-style dip with shrimp, artichoke and
spinach, wood roasted with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses served with garlic peasant
We were looking forward to the seafood chowder special but by the
time we arrived, they were already sold out. Our server suggested the portabella mushroom
soup, which was served in the largest bowl I have ever seen! It was light and tasty but
did not include hearty chunks of mushrooms, which my dining companion had hoped.
The Insalata Gargana ($5.29), vine-ripened tomatoes, onion, feta
cheese, oregano, olives and balsamic vinaigrette, was a nice treat, served crisp and
fresh. The mozzarella all marinara ($4.79) was lightly fried and crunchy.
The main entrees include a hearty selection of fish, chicken, beef,
pizza and pasta. I sampled the pollo marsala ($11.29) topped with portabella mushrooms,
roasted garlic and marsala wine sauce. The entree did not have too much garlic, like many
marsala wine dishes do and was not overbearing but rather, it was light and flavorful.
The pollo parmigiano ($10.99) was cooked perfectly and served in a
Other entrees that looked appealing included the gamberetti e pinoli,
shrimp, mushrooms, pine nuts, spinach and lemon butter ($12.99) and the Tuscany Rib Eye
Dont forget the cup of cappuccino after dinner or a visit to
the dessert menu. Romanos Macaroni Grill is a great place to stop for an inexpensive
bite after a day of shopping at the mall across the street.
Romanos Macaroni Grill
50 South Avenue
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