Romano’s Macaroni Grill seems to be targeting an overlooked minority: the underweight. Why else would it call its new pizzas Fatbreads? “The anti-flatbread, for crust lovers,” says the menu. “Fat on crust. Fat on toppings.” And fat on your ribs (or thereabouts).
Expect about 1,400 calories in the Smashed Meatball (“smashed beef and veal meatballs, fresh mozzarella, fonduta, parmesan”) or the Farmhouse (“butcher-chopped bacon, prosciutto, pepperoni, sautéed spinach, fresh mozzarella, fonduta, parmesan”). The innocent-sounding Margherita and the Pesto Primavera each tops 1,200 calories. You’ll be in plus sizes before you know it!
And it’s not just carbs you’ll be converting to an extra layer of you. The Pesto Primavera has nearly a full day’s saturated fat (17grams), while the others (23 to 28grams) steal from tomorrow’s allowance. Between your newfound belly fat and each Fatbread’s one to two days’ supply of sodium (2,000 to 3,000 mg), your blood pressure will reach new heights.
Would you order 1½ cups of white flour topped with half a stick of butter? Well, you pretty much just did.
True, you could get a lighter dish like the Warm Spinach & Shrimp Salad (370 calories) or the Bibb & Bleu Salad with shrimp (550 calories).
But if you eat like that, how’re you going to beef up for the beach? You’ve got to put some meat on those bones. Okay, the “meat” will be fat, not muscle. But isn’t that what the menu promised?