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Romano's Macaroni Grill

By: Kellie K. Speed, Restaurant Writer

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Romano’s 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.

ROMANO.jpg (10798 bytes) 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 bread.

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 heaping portion.

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 ($11.99).

Don’t forget the cup of cappuccino after dinner or a visit to the dessert menu. Romano’s Macaroni Grill is a great place to stop for an inexpensive bite after a day of shopping at the mall across the street.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill
50 South Avenue
Burlington, Massachusetts


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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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