Burbank >Food & Dining > Romano's MacAroni Grill
102 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150234.181771 -118.313030
Performing chefs cook up rustic, home-style Italian entrees at this buzzing family restaurant. – In Short
A boisterous, all-ages crowd of pasta lovers pack this energetic Italian spot, where chefs clad in white hats and red scarves keep diners wide-eyed by showing their moves in the busy open kitchen. The menu boasts family-sized portions of hearty traditional fare, from antipasti, chicken and pasta dishes to seafood, steak and wood-fired pizzas. Signature plates include grilled pork chops, lobster ravioli, and penne rustica with shrimp, grilled chicken and smoked prosciutto in cream sauce.
Very decent Itailan fare at a reasonable price. – My family has really enjoyed this restaurant since it opened (Burbank location). Their fresh baked bread served hot at your table is the greatest! Unfortunately this location has recently been closed down and basically over night. I sent an inquiery to Romano's through their website and their reply simply stated that the Burbank location did not meet their financial expectations so they had no other choice than to close it. It really is a shame since it always seemed busy when we went there during normal lunch and dinner periods when we always had at least a short wait to get a booth and several times opted to sit at at table in the bar area to avoid a wait. I will not say that I won't ever eat at a Macaroni Grill again if I should be somewhere near one but I will not drive 15 or more miles to the next nearest location as the note they posted on their front door suggested, when I can find another Italian restaurant here in town. Again I will say if anyone is out there on the road or visiting another community where there is a Macaroni Grill, you really can't go wrong, hence the 4 star rating. I wll definately miss this eatery and it's convenient location.
First visit unpleasant, but staff polite – I ordered a special- a pizza with pears, balsamic vinegar, cheese- the first time I went there, and it was just awful. I could not taste anything but salt. Because the place was very busy, service was somewhat slow. After complaining to their website about the awful pizza, they sent me a gift certificate, which was very nice of them. On the second visit, I selected a design-your-own pasta dish, which turned out much better than the previous meal. It's an average restaurant, not horrible, but not great, and I'm not sure why anyone would want to go there instead of a *great* place like Mi Piace, or even California Pizza Kitchen (packed but good food,) both of which are nearby.
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