Romano’s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant brand founded in 1988 by Phil Romano, one of the industry’s leading innovators. Inspired by the Italian country cuisine served in Romano’s grandmother’s kitchen, Macaroni Grill blends Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration from all regions of Italy and the U.S. An extensive wine list and the chain’s unique honor wine system finish out the experience in this polished casual atmosphere.
Macaroni Grill Copycat Recipe
1 pound linguine
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound bay scallop
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
sea salt (Tuscan Seasoned)
ground black pepper, to taste
fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
Cook the linguine according to package directions. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for a couple minutes until fragrant. Melt a couple tablespoons of the butter into the olive oil and garlic, and add the shrimp.
Add the white wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes until the wine reduces. Add the scallops, remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and lemon zest. Cook the sea scallops for another couple minutes until just warmed through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When pasta is cooked , drain and add to a large serving bowl. Top the linguine with the seafood an white wine and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.
Notes: Add grape tomatoes and chopped arugula to the sauce to make this a true restaurant copycat recipe.