Carrabba’s Italian Grill encourages businesses to host private luncheons at the restaurant. But for those who can’t, the unforgettable taste of the house-made, from-scratch recipes can be delivered, set up and served at the office.
“The restaurant is closed during the day, so that gives businesses a private setting at no extra cost,” says Miguel Morales, proprietor. “We sit down with the host and set up a private menu and there are an unlimited number of options for items to go on that menu.”
Each event is set up to be whatever the host wants, he says, and can include any of the new or old favorite recipes on the menu. The staff is also flexible in helping to arrange the event, so the host can do everything from feature a slide show or end of the year report to play games or hold a gift exchange. Each party must end by 3 p.m. before the restaurant opens, but Morales says there is plenty of time during the luncheon for guests to have a great time and eat all the delicious Carrabba’s fare they can handle.
Though the restaurant’s dining room is available for parties at no extra cost, Carrabba’s is also equipped to bring the food, serving equipment and even servers to the office.
“Based upon the trend, it looks like a lot of people are choosing to have a great meal catered in their office where they already have a large space,” Morales says. “We can have servers on-site for them and it is easy and quick for the host. It’s great to offer some different things and be able to touch more people than we were ever able to.”
As holiday shoppers hit the Christmas crunch time, Carrabba’s offers a chance for guests to enjoy some new and favorite recipes designed to be lighter on both the stomach and wallet.
Guests continue to enjoy the Cucina Casuale menu that features lighter entrées starting at $10 with everything from soups and seasonal salads to paninis and pizzas.
The wood-fired pizza on the special menu offers diners a variety of topping choices such as Italian sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, Kalamata olives, mushrooms, sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh-milk mozzarella. The delicious chicken Parmesan panini is a popular selection served with chicken coated with Italian breadcrumbs, sautéed and topped with pomodoro and mozzarella while all on baked focaccia.
Another Casuale special is the steak panini with wood-grilled sliced sirloin topped with fontina cheese, mushrooms, prosciutto and a Lombardo Marsala wine sauce on baked focaccia.
“The Cucina Casuale has been going really well,” Morales says. “We’ve gotten much busier on the weekends during lunch Saturday and Sunday because those items work great at lunch. Guests can choose from the Casuale menu instead of having to choose something too heavy.”
As the holiday season progresses, Carrabba’s plans to introduce a menu change in mid-December that will feature a winter variety of delicious new recipes.
LOCATION: 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd., Suite 100.
HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10:30 p.m., Friday from 4 to11:30 p.m.,
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
NICE TO KNOW: Call-ahead seating is available.