I love carrabba’s. Not whole heartedly though. Their soups are way too salty, no matter which one you get, they are like a salt lick.
Calamari is also excellent and one of the best deals as it is huge and shareable. Also the mussel appetizer. I have never had a bad or unopened mussel at Carrabas, at least the three locations I have repeatedly frequented. Which is more than can be said at many independent joints.
My wife always gets the filet and it is always tender and cooked perfectly.
We also like the fact that they have a gluten free menu, one of the first major chains to do so. Not only do they have it, but their staff actually knows what we are talking about. pretty rare to have such a well trained staff at a chain with its high turnover. Shows a commitment to its customers.
As for the authentic talk, sorry but I have enough problems dealing with inauthentic jewish food. Cant get involved in the italian’s business, it would take up too much of my time! [:D]