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Killer Carbonara

Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s Carbonara is loaded with calories, saturated fat, and sodium

“Blending 20 years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking,” says Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s Web site. “Something New. Something Classic.”

That seems to explain the chain’s Carbonara. The Grill’s chefs took a classic carbonara—spaghetti, Italian bacon, Parmesan—and (drumroll) slapped a poached egg on top. What could be more innovative?

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Your “something new” brings 1,260 calories to store in your new fat cells, and sends 29 grams of saturated fat (1½ days’ worth) and 3,640 milligrams of sodium (a two-day supply) straight to your arteries. It’s like eating two Big Macs plus a scoop of Häagen-Dazs Chocolate ice cream. And that doesn’t include the Peasant Bread (480 calories and 2,150 mg of sodium) and dipping olive oil (120 calories per tablespoon) that show up on your table before the entrée arrives.

Macaroni Grill does offer a “Lite” menu of six entrées with less than 600 calories. Well, let’s hope it does. The carbs are largely gone, but if the samples we examined at a Washington, DC-area Macaroni Grill are typical, odds are that the Grilled Shrimp Spiedini and Warm Spinach & Shrimp have well over the 380 or 340 calories listed on the company’s Web site. Your best bet: the Mediterranean Sea Bass, which looks like it could actually clock in at the promised 570 calories.

“Never intimidating and always comfortable, Macaroni Grill delivers an experience that is perfect to celebrate your big day or every day,” says the Web site.

Comfortable? Only if you wear something that leaves room for your new carbonara.

Contact Romano’s Macaroni Grill to tell them what you think about their Killer Carbonara: (972) 674-4300

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2 Comments

  1. Arne
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Go to macaroni grill web site to see the nutrition info! Unbelievable huge amount of salt (sodium) in many foods. These people are killing us. They should be required to have calories and fat and sodium numbers on the menus nest to the list of items, so we can make an informed choice.

    I have the right to eat their junk, but I cannot make an informed choice if they hide the info on their web site. How many of us check online for nutrition before we order? Not to hard with a smart phone, but then we are allowing them to poison elderly and poorer people without access.

    See: http://www.macaronigrill.com/docs/nutritional/nutritional-menu.pdf

    Let’s start a petition to these killers to force them to reduce salt and fat in all foods and disclose the facts on the menu. They ought to have to compare the nutrition with a Big Mac.

    Who expects over 3,000 mg of sodium in many items including Chicken under a brick? Pasta carbonara?

    Arne

  2. Rena
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Along the lines of what Arne said, I was pleased to learn that Olive Garden provides the very menu he mentioned. It’s helped us make better decisions, or at least know when we’re making a bad decision. (I don’t work for Olive Garden or own one; we just go to one once in a while.)

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