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Romano's Macaroni Grill Breakdown

Romano's Macaroni Grill Breakdown

Romano's Macaroni Grill can be found at or around almost every mall and strip mall in the USA. Many years ago I ate there once, and after taking a look at their nutritional menu today, I am shocked I didn't have a heart attack on the spot (exaggeration, I know). I know it's convenient and there are those of you that love this place, so before you go, be sure to check out this breakdown of many of the popular Italian items served.

Item Calories Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Carbs (g) Sodium (mg)
Calamari Fritti 1210 78 13 66 4170
Tomato Bruschetta 1000 70 11 75 1810
House Salad (w/o dressing) 130 5 2 15 460
Insalata Blue (w/ chicken) 570 38 12 9 1020
Mozzarella alla Caprese (half order) 260 21 7 5 410
Grilled Asparagus (side order) 30 1 0 4 590
Lobster Ravioli 1090 78 54 55 1910
Pollo Magro "Skinny Chicken" 330 5 1 29 770
Simple Salmon 590 40 6 5 1390
Chicken Parmesan 1490 68 35 129 3510
Veal Marsala 1270 64 44 116 2660
Fettuccine Alfrredo (w/ chicken) 1370 97 56 68 1300
Spaghetti & Meatballs (w/ meat sauce) 2430 128 57 207 5290
Traditional Lasagna 1040 54 30 65 2800

Before you go saying I've only pointed out the things that are bad for you, the only dinner items (aside from salads) that had less than 830 calories are listed ("Skinny Chicken," Chicken Cannelloni, and Simple Salmon)—almost every item had 1,000 plus calories.

For deserts and kids items, just

Item Calories Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Carbs (g) Sodium (mg)
Lemon Passion 1150 56 29 149 910
Tiramisu 1000 64 36 89 160 (typo?)
Kids Double Mac 'n' Cheese 1210 62 40 107 3450
Kids Grilled Chicken & Broccoli 390 5 2 51 560
Kids Spaghetti & Meatballs (w/ tomato sauce) 500 20 8 58 1520

Are you as shocked as I am at the numbers above? Don't even get me started on the kids mac 'n' cheese.

If I were headed to this restaurant, I would be kicking and screaming, but I would have to order the "Skinny Chicken" with a house salad (w/o dressing) and a side of asparagus. I'd skip the dessert altogether unless I were sharing it with ten (or more) people. If you're getting anything other than the "Skinny Chicken," Chicken Cannelloni, Simple Salmon, or a salad with no dressing, split your meal with someone else to cut it back.

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tbonestone tbonestone 9 years
it's a great italian place to eat better than olive Garden even though we don't have one here in Eugene we really could use one!! and also a Jimboy's Taco and an In and Out Burger, but they just haven't progressed up here yet! but if you do get the great spaggets and meataballs just don't eat for the next day, guess what-- calories gone!!!
mjane79 mjane79 9 years
I've only eaten there once, when we went out as a family. It was close and was able to seat a large group quickly. However, their portions are HUGE. I only managed to eat maybe half mine I think you can still enjoy their pasta if you know this and figure you are only going to eat half the serving. For instance, I had the Pasta Milano, the dinner portion, which is an amazing 1120 calories and 57 grams of fat. I only at half of it, which means the pasta itself was only around 560 calories and 29 grams of fat. Not quite as bad, then. It just depends on your portion size there. I think you can still get the pasta, by the time you eat a salad, you really can only manage to eat half the pasta so just have them split it up for you. Besides, it's eating at a restaurant which really should be a treat, not an everyday occurance.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
wow dude wow
rhenn rhenn 9 years
Waw crazy, it must be good for my bro
rockd_out_vxn rockd_out_vxn 9 years
I also do the create your own pasta thing.. and I go for a whole wheat penne with veggies and sometimes the sausage... and I eat less than half of it. The calorie breakdown sounds about right for the portions we're talking about. I'd be suprised to see anyone actually eat a whole plate.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Omg Carraba's is delicious...I swear they are healthier than Macaroni Grill! (No I'm not looking it up, I don't want to be disappointed.) Yes, Americans do have out-of-control portion sizes, but I don't really know anyone who eats it all. I went to an italian restaurant with my boyfriend last night, and we split a caesar salad, and I got baked ziti, which is obviously very bad for you, and I at like 1/3 of it. Maybe not the healthiest leftovers to have around, but most people do not eat this stuff all at once.
highleesa highleesa 9 years
Alannah Alannah 9 years
When I started WW and was really looking at calories/fat, I was totally shocked at how bad this place was! I had NO idea. I didn't eat there often to begin with, but now I avoid it like the plague. Yikes!
Huckleberry Huckleberry 9 years
I really was not impressed with this place. ate there a couple of years ago and never went back
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Omg! My boyfriend loves this place. All he has to do is hear the words Macaronni grill and he's drooling like a pavlov dog. He always eats the chicken marsala. i don't se eit listed up there. . . but i also love the bread. i eat the bread like there's a wheat shortage. oiye why am i so hungry now and it's only 8:30 in the morning?
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Wow that is totally crazy, I have a Macaroni Grill near my home but I have never eaten there, thank goodness. Although I have eaten at Carrabba's Italian Grill, which I'm sure is just as bad.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
crazy crazy calories ... :o
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
The place is called "Macaroni Grill", what was to be expected? =)
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
hehe no wonder my amreican friend says we have tiny portions here in Europe!!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
No wonder they taste so good!
haute77 haute77 9 years
guess i won't be eating there!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
This is so revolting! I never eat there, but my aunt eats there a lot. One thing she told me once: "I'm obese, yet I don't overeat really. I do eat out a lot, but I don't think that's where all the calories are at". I guess that IS where her problem lies. When you eat out, they use butter and oil in EVERYTHING!!! I try to not eat out a lot, but what if you went to this place and got the spaghetti and meatballs figuring it was about 1000 calories for the whole thing. Eating it would put you over your estimate by almost a day's worth of calories! I can't help but think that eating out has got to be a huge part of the obesity problem.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
i eat at macaroni grille and penne rustica, which is what i normally get, isn't even listed here..i can only imagine...i make it 'healthy' by splitting the entree into several meals. i eat about 1/3 at the restaurant, the remaining 2/3 for dinner and lunch the following day.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Exactly why i dont eat out. Plus i am not paying that much money when i could make better at home.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Ouch. I've never been there but I am guessing it is a typical north american eatery where portions are atleast twice as big as they need to be. Fat and calorie content on some of these would be reasonable if you only ate half, which is probably a normal portion any way.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
Yikes....i'll have skinny chicken and asparagus please...
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 9 years
That asparagus is really really good. I usually get that and the skinny chicken. I also usually get the caprese salad, its SOOOOOOO good, but no more for me!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
That is just completely disturbing. I'd rather cook it at home so I can control the serving size, and the amount of fat/calories/sodium.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I can only eat about half an entrée at this place, and any other italian restaurant. People do need to keep in mind that most people can't eat an entire "serving" of these meals. I'll eat half, and take the rest home. That means only 500-600 cals in the meal.
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