Here in Dallas, we have a noticeable lack of good East Coast style family run Italian restaurants. So, we have no choice except for chains like ‘Romano’s Italian Grill", "Buca de Beppo", "Carrabba’s" and "Maggiano’s". Of these, "Carrabba’s" is the best! Their portions are large, modestly priced, tasty and very (American) Italian.
In addition, the atmosphere is very diner friendly. Unlike the overdone "kitschy" Buca de Beppo.