Romano's Macaroni Grill Introduces New Menu And Fresh Wine Pairings

     Romano's Macaroni Grill Introduces New Menu And Fresh Wine Pairings

Chain adds slow-cooked braisers category, all new wine choices, menu
introductions and return to Italian flavors

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Aug. 13, 2013

HOUSTON, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Romano's Macaroni Grill heads into fall
with a refreshed wine list and new menu items steeped in Italian trattoria
cuisine and culture.

Since being acquired by Ignite Restaurant Group in April, Romano's Macaroni
Grill has returned to its roots. Senior Director of Menu Innovation Antonio
Iocchi enhanced nearly a third of the items on the chain's popular menu,
making substantial changes to its recipes and refocusing on rustic Italian
comfort food. With an emphasis on quality ingredients made with great
attention and care, the new menu features simple, hearty dishes full of

Starting Aug. 13, the chain will introduce a new category of entrees –
handcrafted braisers. With a nod to the time-honored braising method combined
with contemporary trends, the three new dishes are seared to seal in juices,
then covered and simmered low and slow to develop rich, tender flavors.

  oThe new Cremini Pork Shank offers substantial portions of pork shank
    steeped in marsala wine sauce with caramelized onions, the dish's namesake
    mushrooms and garlic rosemary potatoes.
  oThe new Chicken Cacciatore is a roasted boneless half chicken, served with
    a brown hunter's sauce with mushrooms over capellini pomodoro.
  oThe new Classic Italian Bake is a slow-cooked version of pasta and
    meatballs, made with homemade meatballs, Italian sausage, rustic tomato
    sauce, roasted tomatoes, creamy ricotta cheese and rigatoni.

In addition to braisers, Macaroni Grill's new menu features updated appetizers
such as Bruschetta, Spicy Sausage & Peppers, Brick-Oven Olives and new Baked
Mozzarella Fonduta. Country-style Italian Sausage & Potatoes, a Romano's
Classic entree, will also make a return.

Senior Manager of Beverage Innovation Megan Wiig also went back to the chain's
roots, recreating Macaroni Grill's wine list to include only wines from the
best wine-producing regions of Italy and America. Each best-in-class wine was
hand-selected to enrich the flavor of the new dishes along with Macaroni
Grill's signature entrees.

"My hope is that our new wine list will inspire guests to try something they
haven't had before and perhaps discover some new favorites," said Wiig. "Our
tasting notes and pairings, two things we've never done before, will help
guests select the best wines for their taste and budget."

Macaroni Grill's signature house wine program hasn't changed and is still
served "on your honor."

Beginning Aug. 26, Macaroni Grill will spotlight the new Braisers, Baked
Mozzarella Fonduta, and, for a limited time, Butternut Asiago Tortellaci (the
first in a series of seasonal fresh pastas to be featured throughout the
year), each accompanied by suggested wine pairings from Wiig.

About Romano's Macaroni Grill^®
Part of Ignite Restaurant Group's (Nasdaq: IRG) portfolio of restaurants,
Romano's Macaroni Grill has been proudly serving unforgettable meals Inspired
by Italian trattoria cuisine, culture and conversation since 1988. An
extensive wine list and the chain's unique honor wine system complete the
Italian-infused experience. With 209 locations worldwide, the restaurant
blends Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration so guests can
experience Italian-inspired lunch and dinner in unexpected ways. For more
information, visit

Tracy Aiello or Ashley Bain

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