A surprise family gathering brought us to Carrabba’s in Marlton on a weekend night. Expecting the crowd, we made reservations and were quickly seated after a brief wait at the bar. The staff was quick to take drink orders and answer menu questions. The table shared two appetizers along with a basket of bread and seasoned olive oil. The chosen appetizers were the Arancini and the Tomato Caprese with fresh Burrata. The order of arancini was perfectly fried and wonderfully seasoned risotto, sausage, bell pepper, paired with a flavorful marinara. The tomato caprese was equally enjoined by all. A creamy barrata cheese that was accompanied by grape tomatoes drizzled with balsamic and olive oil. The cheese was absolutely a favorite.
Our entrees included pasta, seafood and pizza dishes. The seafood was a new menu item, Salmon Cetriolini. A nice portion of wood-grilled salmon in a lemon white wine sauce topped with tomato, cucumber and dill. The flavors worked really well together, a light and refreshing meal. The side of mashed potatoes were very heavy and bland, not worth eating. Our pasta dish was the Lobster Ravioli with a blush wine sauce topped with diced tomatoes. Absolutely a favorite, the dish was outstanding and devoured. Our last entrée was a wood-fired pizza with our choice of toppings, we choice to stay simple and picked pepperoni. The dough was crispy but not overcooked with a flavorful sauce and cheese.
To end the meal, we had to choose our dessert, a Sogno di Cioccolata (Chocolate Dream). Fudge brownies topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It’s name is accurate for us choco-holics. Delicious but definitely a dessert to be shared.
Overall, the meal was wonderful and the staff was helpful, not necessarily as attentive as one would hope though. The dessert would have been much nicer with the offer of coffee, didn’t get the chance to ask as they quickly took orders and moved on. I definitely would return for the meal.