I see this chain as a more sophisticated version of the Olive Garden. I’ve probably had 6 or more of the entree’s off the menu. All were tasty, and used some unique ingredients (e.g. goat cheese, procuitto, fontina cheese)compared to any other major chain italian restaurant, but the Carrabba portions are small for the price you pay for them.
Consistancy is quite good, soups and speials are good but waits are long. I wind up there as many friends i have do not dare venture out to the land of the unknown for a dining experience, which i think is a major flaw in the dining out psyche of this country. McDonalds taught folks the linear consistancy thinking of chain dining and now it has taken root.
As for carrabba’s, I have dissected many of their recipes and now make them at home for a reasonable cost. Chicken marsala, pasta weesie and polo rosa maria are good and are quite easy to cook up at home (if you like to cook that is!).