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Macaroni Grill

Pseudonymous | | Feb 17, 2002 08:29 AM

I am posting pseudonymously since my posts here are usually related to the finer dining spots in the area and I fear lowering my stock value on this board. Having said that, I recently was persuaded by outside forces to try the Macaroni Grill. Friends who used to live in Italy (but who are NOT chowhounds, I hasten to add) said that they had the best arrabbiata sauce outside of Italy there, and urged us to give it a try. So, since the pickings where I live are mostly of the chain variety, and 99 44/100% of them are lousy, we thought we'd give MG a try. To my surprise, our meal was actually not too bad. Of course, I should not have been surprised that the waitron did not know what I meant when I asked what vintage the Ruffino Chianti Classico was (turned out to be the '98, which I am not that fond of), but the bruschetta (of which the waitron tried to 'correct' my pronunciation) was pretty good, and so was my veal saltimbocca (though the spinach served with the veal was practically swimming in a butter sauce that I could have done without). All in all, not a bad experience, and one that I would repeat when I cannot be bothered to cook or travel too far afield.