Nation's Restaurant News reports...
Romano's Macaroni Grill is announcing an "Italian Mediterranean" menu of lighter dishes at its 32 restaurants in California with plans to roll out many of the new items to its other locations in August.
Macaroni Grill said the Italian Mediterranean menu features seven new dishes and 13 existing items that have been reformulated to cut down on calories, saturated fat and sodium. Calories were reduced by 25 to 69 percent, and saturated fat was reduced more than 70 percent in those items.
A scallop and spinach salad originally contained 1,270 calories and 27 grams of saturated fat. The revised version has 390 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat. Another dish, the Shrimp Portofino, went from having 1,170 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat to having 560 calories and 14 grams of saturated fat. Other reformulated items include tomato bruschetta, seafood linguine, spaghetti & meatballs and chicken parmigiana
The seven new items are: roasted vegetable antipasti, grilled chicken spiedini, shrimp spiedini, sausage salentino, pollo caprese, lobster spaghetti and lemon pound cake.
Macaroni Grill said the new items (half of which will be priced at $10 or less) incorporate such traditional Mediterranean ingredients as extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemons and lean meats.