Romano’s Macaroni Grill® Introduces New Italian Mediterranean Menu in California
Fresh, Simple, Authentic Recipes Provide Vibrant Flavors and Nutritional Responsibility
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Romano’s Macaroni Grill® debuted their new Italian Mediterranean menu in 32 restaurants across California on July 1st.
“We expect this new menu will build upon the +8% improvement in our guest traffic we’ve seen over the past six months as we continue to focus on delivering great value and a pleasurable dining experience”
The new menu is inspired by the vibrant way of life and cooking along the Italian Mediterranean coast, featuring the finest ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh lemons, select seafood, lean meats, colorful vegetables and imported artisan pasta.
This Mediterranean style of cooking is featured in seven new recipes and thirteen improved recipes that deliver on consumers’ taste expectations while simultaneously providing nutritional responsibility.
The thirteen improved menu items have reduced calories from 25% to 65%, while five popular menu items have seen saturated fat grams reduced by more than 70%.
“Our vision is for people to savor the great taste of fresh, delicious food and feel good afterwards,” said Brad Blum, chief executive officer of Romano’s Macaroni Grill. “Remarkably, our guests significantly prefer the taste of each new Italian Mediterranean recipe. It’s all about pleasure and joy.”
Improved recipes include Scallops & Spinach Salad and Seafood Linguine with new recipes Grilled Chicken Spiedini, Pollo Caprese and Lobster Spaghetti. Ten of these twenty items are offered for under $10.
“We expect this new menu will build upon the +8% improvement in our guest traffic we’ve seen over the past six months as we continue to focus on delivering great value and a pleasurable dining experience,” said Blum.
Many of the improvements launched in California will be implemented in restaurants across the country in August 2009.
For more information, please see the attachment or visit www.macaronigrill.com.
About Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Romano’s Macaroni Grill is a leading restaurant brand that provides a dining experience inspired by the Italian Mediterranean. Its commitment is to be Fresh, Simple and Authentic. The menu features Fresh Antipasti, Handcrafted Pasta and Mediterranean Grill specialties. Romano’s Macaroni Grill has over 200 locations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.macaronigrill.com.
Italian Mediterranean Recipes – New
|Item||Calories||Saturated Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)|
|Roasted Vegetables (Antipasti)||330||3||440|
|Grilled Chicken Spiedini||360||2||1150|
|Jumbo Shrimp Spiedini||230||1||670|
|Simple Lemon Pound Cake||250||6||170|
Italian Mediterranean Recipes – Improved
|Old Recipe*||New Recipe||Improvement|
|Item||Calories||Saturated Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)||Calories||Saturated Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)||Calories||Saturated Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)|
|Mozzarella alla Caprese||440||12||770||330||9||550||25%||25%||28%|
|Warm Spinach Salad||510||12||1870||330||7||1810||35%||41%||3%|
Spaghetti & Meatballs
|Spaghetti & Meatballs (Bolognese)**||1810||54||4900||880||14||2400||51%||74%||51%|
* January 2009
** Dinner Portion