Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lunch Date at Carino's Italian Grill

Posted by Kero at Thursday, September 30, 2010
This is definitely a loved-up September. I got two dates in a month lol!! While I insisted the rendevouz early this month in Atlantis The Palm is more than enough to celebrate our 5th anniversary as sweethearts (corny! but this girl's in-love so give it to her please), Hubby still  felt like eating out. Last Friday, we headed to our long time favorite, Johnny Carino's Italian Grill.

We tried their branch at Dubai Festival City. Coincidentally, Carino's is also the first restaurant we visited during our first year in Dubai. This is also the first restaurant we dined in, after I gave birth to Andreas.

We love the place for its family farmhouse appeal. After all, the US-based chain originated  from Texas. Servings are enormous akin to feed a hungry cowboy. Because its' Friday, the place was packed with happy kids running around. Although they are given crayons and coloring books to keep themselves busy, the calories and carbohydrates they ate probably won't let them sit still. 

Before entering, I already had in mind what to order but when I checked their entree menu, the pepperoni calzone was no longer available. I settled then for portions of their best offerings. Hubby ordered steak as usual.

 After we were seated comfortably, the waiter came back with complimentary warm herb bread and toasted garlic. This is actually the reason why we always come back here lol! The bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil is heavenly. I wish Macaroni Grill will do the same - toast their garlic instead of roasting. But then that won't be so original hehe.

Grilled New York Strip. A hearty 12oz USDA choice center cut strip steak seasoned and basted on open-flame grill, served with fresh mushroom gravy sauce, roast potatoes and stir-fry vegetables.

Hubby thinks all steak tastes the same so he didn't say much. Me, thinks that the meat was a little dry. The seasoned stir-fry vegetables though was crunchy and oozing with goodness that we kept praising the dish every time we pop zucchini and broccolli into our mouths.

Chicken Parmigiana. Hand-breaded in special blend seasonings, layered with spicy tomato sauce, parmesan and  mozarella cheese served with spaghetti in marinara sauce.

The chicken was tender and succulent. Hubby was impressed with the spicy  fresh tomato sauce. I think I just found another reason to comeback here (big grin).

Home-made Lasagna. With 12 layers of pasta, ricotta cheese and meat sauce.

The staff were attentive and gladly refilled our tall glass of Coke Zero. When I checked the washroom, I smiled seeing a sketch of Rialto Bridge decorating the wall. Venice indeed, is such a lovely memory.

Like I said, the servings are huge so I had to bring home the ordered lasagna. I devoured it the following day and when warmed in the microwave, it's darned good! Definitely has a homey feel.

Farmhouse Italian style. Carinos at Dubai Festival City offers al fresco dining over looking the Ikea driveway.

Johnny Carino's Italian Grill also has a branch at Burjuman Mall - which I think has much more romantic ambiance.

New York Grilled Steak - 72 AED
Carino Combo - 69 AED
Coke Zero bottomless - 10 AED
Total - 151 AED (P1,812.00)

An entry for

18 sweets for Kero:

黃愛玲 on September 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM said...

The italian food does look good. =o)

I just had pizza yesterday through delivery. It was raining really hard and my husband was waiting for the dilvery. =/ It was worth it. haha.

Lovely review. =o)

Unknown on September 30, 2010 at 9:39 PM said...

i'd go for the steak.:p
this looks like a good place to bring the whole family.

FoodTripFriday on September 30, 2010 at 10:29 PM said...

Napakalinis naman ng place na iyan!

Guiltless Grub on September 30, 2010 at 10:54 PM said...

A real food trip post. Yummy looking food shots.

Verna Luga on October 1, 2010 at 6:01 AM said...

I'm in love with your cheesy yummy food... too.. the lasagna looks irresistible..

Food Trip Friday here

Chubskulit Rose on October 1, 2010 at 7:38 AM said...

That looks sumptuous!

Spice Up Your Life

Rossel on October 1, 2010 at 11:05 AM said...

nice place. the pastas look good. siguradong masarap kaya nyo binabalik-balikan.

my entry is posted here. have a great weekend, sis!

The Book of Shadows (The Dark Side) on October 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM said...

All the food is making me hungry.. LOL.. My guy and I love Italian food too..
Oh yes, thank you... Through your passing the award to Sis Junneth, I receive mine very first award in this world of blogging/writing..
I am really thankful and touched..

The Book of Shadows (The Dark Side) on October 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM said...

Oh yes, I am following your blog so hope to see you in at least one of my blogs.. Hope at least one of blogs will appeal to you.. :)

maiylah on October 1, 2010 at 6:40 PM said...

would love to taste that warm bread dipped in extra virgin oil and garlic!
yummy yummy shots! :)

agent112778 on October 1, 2010 at 11:11 PM said...

i love everything you ordered

heres my share on FTF

heres my share on FF

Mel_Cole on October 2, 2010 at 12:17 PM said...

Oh I love chicken parmigiana. That's one of my hubbz fave so I cook it. Yum!

My Food Trip Friday here

Jenn on October 3, 2010 at 5:22 AM said...

1,800 worth of food - that's actually right on the budget, considering the foods you had.

Me want the steak!

My FTF post is up HERE.

Unknown on October 3, 2010 at 7:52 AM said...

much as the kids and me love pasta, i am interested to that steak, i wanna cook (i'll u pork chop instead) this, i'm a sucker for gravies/sauces....

gengen on October 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM said...

More food oh am hungry...Happy yummy Sunday.

Junneth on October 4, 2010 at 5:22 AM said...

I love the lasagna! It looks very yummy with lots of cheese! Mouthwatering!

Perfectly Blended on October 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM said...

Oh, I'm hungry now! Yummy lasagna... :D

Maharlikah on October 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM said...

It looks luscious! My mouth is watering.:-)


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