Carrabba’s New Smaller Portions Menu and $100 Gift Giveaway

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This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Carrabba’s.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been going to our local Carrabba’s here in Winter Springs for various special occasions and get-togethers since we moved to the area. It is by far my favorite Italian grill restaurant. They have fresh selections of seafood, poultry, beef and pasta dishes, plus many wines to complement every dish. We love the atmosphere of the restaurant. The restaurant is decorated in warm tones, and family photos from the past of the founders, Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba’s family. They have an open kitchen, a brick oven for their pizza and a beautiful wood-fired grill. The lighting is romantic, dim and warm. They have private booths, bar seating, and regular dinner tables.

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to have a date night at Carrabba’s. This was our second only date night since our son came along. We left our son in the loving care of Grandma, and off we went. We have always loved Carrabba’s and their large portions. Although, even big eaters like ourselves end up taking leftovers home. Thankfully, Carrabba’s has developed a new smaller portions option for their menu. It is the same wonderful dishes that we all have come to love, now in Carrabbas New Smaller Portions Menu and $100 Gift Giveaway @EclecticEveryday smaller portions. The dishes have a lower price too, starting at just $12. Oh, and did I mention that you also get soup or salad, what a deal! They also have smaller portions for some of their best appetizers, like my favorite, calamari. Of course we got the calamari on our date night, I was looking forward to it most of all. You can get the calamari with a lemon pepper sauce or their marinara. Our favorite is the lemon pepper, it pairs with the calamari so well. Their famous mussels, fried mozzarella and fried zucchini also come in the new smaller portions. These smaller appetizers are perfect for couples.

Many of their signature dinner dishes now come in the smaller portions too. Chicken, Sirloin, Pork Chops or Veal Marsala and Chicken Parmesan are included in the new smaller portions. Also, wood fire grill selections such as the Chicken Bryan, Polla Roso Maria, Grilled Norweigian Salmon and Chicken Gratilla are on the smaller portions menu too. To my surprise, I also found a 7oz filet, for all you steak lovers. You can get the Filet Fiorentina, Marsala, Bryan, Spiedino or Scampi. All are delicious choices.

I always have a hard time deciding on dinner. Decisions, decisions, I have never had anything that I Carrabbas New Smaller Portions Menu and $100 Gift Giveaway @EclecticEveryday didn’t love off of the Carrabba’s menu. They use the freshest ingredients in their cooking. Their authentic Italian recipes are always perfect. And tonight, I actually got to order how much I wanted to eat, without having to take leftovers home. Finally for dinner, I decided to order the smaller portion of the Chicken Bryan. Chicken Bryan is their signature dish with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil lemon butter sauce. It is beyond delicious.

My husband ordered the Grilled Norwegian Salmon. Their grilled salmon comes with the chef’s sauce of the day and a side of vegetable of the day (what he chose), garlic mashed potatoes or cavatappi amatriciana. We both Carrabbas New Smaller Portions Menu and $100 Gift Giveaway @EclecticEveryday enjoyed our dishes very much. We happened to arrive in happy hour too, and enjoyed our favorite cocktails, sangrias. My husband tried a blackberry sangria which was very good and a bit sweeter than the red sangria I always have. We finished the night with cappuccinos and delectable desserts. I had the classic favorite, tiramisu. My husband had Sogno di Cioccolata or Chocolate Dream, a rich fudge brownie topped with chocolate mouse, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Our evening could not have been more perfect, great sangria, delicious food, and uninterrupted conversation. We loved the new smaller portions menu. It was all the great foods we love, in perfect smaller portions. These new sizes fit our appetite and the lower prices were more budget friendly.

Now time for the giveaway. You can win a chance for a $100 Carrabba’s gift simply by telling me what great things come in small packages. Be sure to check out the special offers page. There you will find 7 other blogger’s reviews of Carrabba’s, and you can enter their giveaways too!

Here are the official rules for the contest. Contest ends on 6/3/10. You can find more information about Carrabba’s on Carrabba’s site. Check Carrabba’s Restaurant Locator to find a Carrabba’s restaurant location near you.

Just leave a comment below answering the question, what great things come in small packages, to enter the contest.

Thanks again to Carrabba’s and Blogher for giving my husband and I a much needed date night, we needed it! Good Luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!

So, what great things come in small packages?

128 Responses to “Carrabba’s New Smaller Portions Menu and $100 Gift Giveaway”

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  1. 101
    Sommer — May 25, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    I love mini things!! Great things in small packages – babies, jewelry & chocolate!

  2. 102
    Danielle — May 26, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    My engagement ring came in a small package but it packed a big impression! A dinner at Carrabba’s would be such a treat for my almost-hubby and I 🙂

  3. 103
    katie — May 26, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    candy. jewelry. kittens.

  4. 104
    susitravl — May 26, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    So many things, but the first 2 that pop into my head (without looking at other peoples answers) are babies and bite sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  5. 105
    Cheryl Curtis — May 27, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    Could it get any better than jewelry and chocolate? Great pizazz in a little package!

  6. 106
    Abella — May 27, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    Babies, of course! And tiny teasets like the kind you get for Christmas when you’re little.

  7. 107
    phyllisg — May 28, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Carrabba’s New Smaller Portions is a great idea. Smaller portions are very good for senior citizens.

  8. 108
    Becky — May 30, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Books! I love a good paperback!

  9. 109
    gregg — May 31, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    My wife is small and I am large. I think her portions are just right.

  10. 110
    Chick Hatchers — May 31, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    Well, those new York Peppermint Patty Pieces (like Reese’s Pieces) are pretty great, if you ask me. And they are small, as is the packaging. Jewelry is a pretty super small thing. I’m small and think I’m a nice package, well, sometimes. Sometimes notsomuch. My mom always told me that the BEST things come in small packages! She’s yet to be wrong on that one.
    .-= Chick Hatchers´s last blog ..Things kids say and hear: 2 =-.

  11. 111
    Candy Hitchcock — June 1, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Babies and grand children!

  12. 112
    Angela — June 1, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    Babies! Presents that come in small packages are sometimes really good (jewelry!).

    Love Carrabas, Love Love the Rigatoni Martino. YUM

  13. 113
    Amgela Henley — June 1, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

    camera cards hold a ton of memories
    I can’t think of anything in a small package that could top this!

    p.s. I was told that “great things come in small packages” in regard to myself when I was a teenager, um that no longer applies and is expired or else I would have quoted the WISE young man! 🙂

  14. 114
    Jeanette Huston — June 1, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    My kids are the best things that have come in small packages.

  15. 115
    Charity S. — June 2, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Hugs & kisses from my little boy.

  16. 116
    Donna B. — June 3, 2010 @ 12:38 am

    Babies! The greatest gift, in the smallest of packages 🙂

    Smiles are a close second 🙂

  17. 117
    M. McFarlane — June 3, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    The best small package I know of was my little boy, Ryan.

  18. 118
    momgateway — June 3, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    jewelry, babies and kisses

  19. 119
    deb c — June 4, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    That’s easy, children.

  20. 120
    jOY — June 7, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    KITTENS ^-,-^

  21. 121
    Melinda — June 7, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Cupcakes – small and delicious

  22. 122
    Blue Girl — June 7, 2010 @ 11:29 am


  23. 123
    Shannon — June 12, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    Babies. Almond Roca’s. Engagement Rings. And Flower Seeds.

  24. 124
    Carolyn Gonzalez — June 13, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    Jewelry like earrings or rings. I love getting those small packages!!

  25. 125
    Carol — June 13, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    A pregnancy test, when you’re filled with hope!

  26. 126
    Karina — June 19, 2010 @ 2:29 am

    wedding rings!!

  27. 127
    Carolsue — June 30, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    Well, the new Smaller Portions come in small packages and I love them!
    I also love my new kittens–they are very small!
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