Ellen - I have an acquaintance who was the GM at Carrabba's for many years here in Daytona Beach. He told me they do everything from scratch there, too. Mentioned many times the fresh chicken breasts coming in each day. etc.
And their caring DOES show!
I really love the taste sensations of their Chicken Bryan and their Chicken Marsala, (hold the mushrooms, please) . The sauces on those chicken dishes are to die for.
I also love their Italian Salad; the dressing is excellent, and I like the unique way they cut up their carrots in little circles.
And those sourdough bread slices!! They are so fresh and perfect. I love dipping it in the imported olive oil & seasoning. And I usually have a few slices with my Breakstone Sweet Whipped Butter, as well..
The only big negative I found is that their sirloin steak marsala is not very tender.
(needs improvement, IMO). I tried some of my friends once during his b-day dinner there...we both agreed. I gave it one more chance the other week, in their combo "chicken marsala/steak marsala" dish. The nicest thing I can say about that one is that "I'm was grateful for the chicken marsala!"
There is a Carraba's about a mile away from me, and I usually do the curbside takeway..
For around 20-25 bucks, I can have a great dinner..
And that even includes a couple of bucks for the curbside delivery gal/guy...
I noticed that Carraba's headquarters are in Tampa.
There is even a full service Carraba's restaurant at the Tampa Airport, along with a take out section.
(Cute wording in the newspaper about it: "Garlic fumes may now permeate the plane cabin, now that Carraba's has opened"),