I am a ravenous fanatic of alfredo/parmesan cream/white cream based sauce pasta dishes and I'm hoping for some new suggestions here.
I am particularly a fanatic of fettucine alfredo and I have tried probably a good 80-85% of all strictly Alfredo dishes that Austin has to offer, including but not limited to the following (I will list the restaurants where I tried fettucine alfredo or parmesan cream sauce pasta dishes):
Carrabba's Italian Grill - A chain but surprisingly I am a fan of their fettucine alfredo. There is some super savory component of their alfredo dish that keeps me coming back
Ciola's Italian-American Grill - Really great garlic fettucine alfredo with chicken. I was turned off by the abundance of cigarette smoking, though. The place is small so the smoke from the bar easily wafts over to the "non smoking" section. A real turn off - I like to smell my food when I eat it. this is the only reason I have not returned to ciola's, but for those of you who aren't bothered by this I would give it a shot.
Vespaio - An OK pasta dish. There were crispy bits of pancetta which were really great. However, the pasta (angel hair) and sauce itself were VERY reminiscent of Pasta Roni's angel hair pasta with parmesan cream sauce. The taste was almost exact. Granted, I am actually a fan of Pasta Roni products (call it a "cheap" palate but never judge food based on price. If it tastes good I will eat it). But, for a reasonably priced pasta dish I was not too satisfied. I could've gotten a similar result by making an 89 cent box of Pasta Roni.
Macaroni Grill - Fettucine alfredo with chicken is EXTREMELY inconsistent here. There are some days where the sauce will be really "sticky" and flavourful. On these occassions the alfredo dish is really great. Other times, though, there will be almost no sauce or the sauce will be too watery and it pretty much destroys the dish in my opinion. I will go here sometimes to
California PIzza Kitchen - Another chain. Don't bother getting the garlic cream fettucine with chicken. It is utter garbage in my opinion. One time I ordered this dish and about 1/5 of the dish consisted of a semi-cold BLOCK of pasta and "hard" sauce. Absolutely disgusting. It was very clear that all they do is heat up a block of premade FROZEN pasta already mixed with at least some components of sauce. Admittedly I used to enjoy this dish a lot. There came a day however, that the dish seemed to be completely revamped (maybe in terms of recipe, maybe in terms of preparation/how they package it).
Reale's pizza and cafe - was not really a fan of the fettucine alfredo. I've heard the fettucine primavera - where they add some olive oil and garlic - is better, but I'm not really jumping out of my seat to go back and try it again.
**Chez Zee - this is probably the best fettucine alfredo with chicken that I've had thus far. The chicken consistently has a "fresh" taste to it and the sauce is just perfect.
Cheesecake factory - This post has been chain central so far - I apologize. I used to enjoy their fettucine with garlic cream sauce with chicken (and no sundried tomatoes) but at some point they DRASTICALLY revamped their recipe. The garlic cream sauce that I used to know and enjoy has taken a turn for the worst in my opinion. I don't know enough about food to pinpoint exactly what it is, though.
Treehouse Italian Grill - Absolute...garbage. Everything about this place is garbage. NEVER NEVER NEVER go here, please. Save yourself a trip.
Romeo's - Fettucine alfredo here is really bland to be honest. Not good enough in my opinion.
Austin Land and Cattle - Again, bland and watery fettucine alfredo with mushrooms. Would not recommend
Olive Garden - Terrible terrible terrible. Probably the first case for me personally where a chain has lived up to the "chain" reputation of providing terrible food. I was actually amazed - when I order a typical fettucine alfredo here it is bad but edible. If, however, I specifically order the "unlimited pasta" (when it is available) - the fettucine alfredo goes from terrible to just horrendous.
Hyde Park Bar and Grill - Great french fries. Terrible fettucine alfredo.
TGI Fridays - I actually enjoy their fettucine alfredo-esque dish here. I believe it is fettucine with cajun cream sauce with chicken (or something similar). Really savory in my opinion.
Andiamo's - I have had their tortellini e piselli (spelling error?) and I think it is really GREAT. I really enjoy the flavour and have been here many times. The tiramisu is fantastic also in my opinion.
This is a small list of what I have tried so far. I'm hoping that some people can give me recommendations for other restaurants that serve alfredo-esque cream based pasta dishes. You don't have to recommend ONLY if you think the dish was good. Recommend anything not on the list that I gave, because as we all know one person's likes might be another person's dislikes (when it comes to food).
Thank you for your time.