Carrabba's gives away free dessert with Trio d'Italia purchase

The Trio d'Italia offers Carrabba's Italian Grill guest the chance to sample not one, but three types of Italian food. And now, for a limited time, dessert is free with the purchase of a Trio d'Italia for $15.50.

According to Carrabbq's, the Trio d'Italia allows guests to choose one dish from three categories: Wood-Burning Grill, Italian Classics and Signature Pasta.

The Wood-Burning Grill dishes are Chicken Bryan, which is chicken topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and homemade lemon butter sauce; Grilled Salmon, which is topped with tomato basil vinaigrette; and Sirloin Marsala, which is topped with mushrooms, prosciutto (a type of Italian ham) and homemade Lombardo Marsala wine sauce.

The Italian Classics dishes are Mezzaluna, which is half-moon-shaped ravioli with chicken, ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano and spinach in homemade tomato cream sauce; Manicotti, which is rolled pasta tubes baked with pomodoro sauce and stuffed with romano, ricotta, mozzarella and fontina cheeses; and Lasange.

The Signature Pasta dishes are Cavatappi Amatriciana, which is corkscrew-shaped pasta tossed in
our housemade amatriciana sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Spaghetti. Amatriciana sauce is based on cured pork cheek, pecorino cheese and tomato, according to Wikipedia.

Carrabba's Trio d'Italia includes your choice of a cup of homemade soup or a side salad. Soups include the Soup of the Day, Minestrone and Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup, which is made from scratch from whole chickens, pasta, tomato, celery, carrot, onion and garlic.

Dessert choices are the Dessert Rosa, Songo di Cioccolata and Tiramisu.

The Dessert Rosa is butter cake topped with pastry cream, bananas, strawberries, pineapple and whipped cream.

The Songo di Cioccolata, or Chocolate Dream, is a fudge brownie topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Carraba's makes both the chocolate mousse and whipped cream in-house, and the chocolate sauce is homemade from semi-sweet chocolate.

The Tiramisu is lady fingers cookies dipped in liqueur-laced espresso and layered with sweetened mascarpone, Myers’s Rum and chocolate shavings.

Carrabba's was founded on December 26, 1986 by John Charles "Johnny" Carrabba, III and his uncle Damian Mandolam in Houston, according to Wikipedia. Many of the recipes are Mandolam's mother's or sister's. Carrabba's has 232 locations throughout the United States, with Florida having more Carrabba's restaurants than any other state.