Midway through a shopping day in the States, I wanted to go to P.F. Changs because no one ever wants to go with me to try it. I almost had a willing companion, but sadly it was packed, and it would have been a 30 minute wait. So, we walked back towards Macaroni Grill, and were seated immediately.
We ordered the Italian Sausage pizza ($9.99) and Carmela’s Chicken Rigatoni ($11.99). We were given bread to start with olive oil and pepper.
The Italian sausage pizza was a thin crust pizza topped with sausage (obviously), mozzarella, basil, and tomato sauce. The crust was nice and crisp, and the Italian sausage was really good. I wish they did a bit of a better job spreading out the ingredients because the slices were fairly inconsistent. I love Italian sausage though, and together with basil and cheese, you can’t really go wrong.
Carmela’s Rigatoni came with roasted chicken, crimini mushrooms, and caramelized onions in a Marsala demi glace. The tubed pasta was cooked al dente, but the sauce was very thin. The chicken was very moist and juicy and there was quite a few chunks of chicken in there. The caramelized onions added an extra sweetness, and the mushrooms were cut into fairly big chunks to add some more texture. As I said earlier, the sauce was very thin and did very little to coat the pasta.
The service was good, and wasn’t very busy at 1PM on a Saturday afternoon. The food was so-so though. The one in Downtown Vancouver closed a while ago I think, but I remember liking a platter that they had with Chicken parmesan, Lasagna (or Spahgetti?), and Canelloni for a very reasonable $18. Then again, I was in my early University years when I hadn’t experienced much food yet.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
3000 184th St SW Ste 922