My son wanted to go eat Italian food for his birthday and he lives near Round Rock so he chose the Macaroni Grill. After travelling all over Italy eating real Italian food, my wife and I had low expectations but wanted to keep an open mind since the Macaroni Grill in Austin on 183 is a popular place judging from the cars we've seen there.
The bread was good and the olive oil to dip it in was good quality oil. My son had the veal and said it was good. I had farfalle and grilled chicken with an asiago sauce that was good, but it tasted more French with the heavy sauce than Italian.
They have prosciutto and mozzarella on the appetizer menu which we loved in Italy and I thought the grandsons would enjoy it, but this was not prosciutto. It was more of a thicker slice of poor quality ham wrapped around cheese that didn't taste like mozzarella. The whole combination was terrible tasting and when I told the waiter, he said that the chef may have made a mistake and offered to replace it, but my son said he would eat it as it just tasted like ham and cheese to him. So he ate it, but they should not call it prosciutto. My wife told me most Americans would not know what real prosciutto looks or tastes like so they can sell anything they want, but Costco, Whole Foods, and Central Market in Austin all sell real prosciutto. It is expensive, so maybe that's why this restaurant tries to pass off something that is clearly not prosciutto.
Fortunately Thursday night I is Mezzo Prezzo night so all wine bottles were half price. As with all restaurants, the wine is marked up so much, that even at half price, the bottle we had was still more than twice the price we would pay at Costco's or Specs. But at least if you want to go on Thursday night, you can save a little money if you want pasta.
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