Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lasagna and Dessert Rosa at Carrabba’s

Last night, as part of a special event, the reviewers here went to Carrabba’s, a chain restaurant that serves Italian food. The restaurant had a casual feel while trying to be formal at the same time. On one side of the restaurant, cooks worked over stoves and grills visible from the main room. Occasionally, a flame or two would catch our attention.

I ordered the lasagna, something of a classic choice for me. I’ve had lasagna from many places, from chains to local places, and this lasagna was average compared to what I’ve had before. The taste wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It did have pieces of sausage that caught me by surprise, but even that was somewhat bland. My biggest complaint with it was that it was small compared to some lasagna I’ve ordered.

After the lasagna, I ordered the Dessert Rosa. It’s a butter cake with several types of fruit layered above the cake and topped with whipped cream. The cake was soft and moist, and the fruit tasted fresh. It was fantastic, and I think that I’ll probably order it if I get the chance to go back to Carrabba’s.

The Location:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
311 North 9th Avenue
Pensacola, Florida 32501

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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Twelfth Avenue at Hub Stacey’s

Hub Stacey’s, located on Seville Square in downtown Pensacola, is known for its sandwiches, and it’s a well deserved reputation. The Twelfth Avenue is one of their best.

The sandwich is made of the restaurant’s tuna salad. Melted over the salad is cheddar cheese. The melt is on large slices of toasted rye bread. When I first picked up the sandwich, I thought the cheese might have melted out of the bread and was stuck to the wax paper (I had a to-go order). In fact, and I don’t know how they’re able to do it, the melted cheese remained completely within the bread. The resistance I felt when I picked up the one half of the sandwich was the weight of the thing. It’s that heavy.

Whatever they do to their tuna salad makes it delicious. The Twelfth Avenue is definitely worth trying.

Hub Stacey’s is at the corner of Government and Alcaniz Streets and on Perdido Key at Galvez Landing. Website:

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pub Pie at O'Zone Pizza

O’Zone quickly became one of my favorite places upon my first visit back in 2004. While I’m a fan of most of their menu, the Pub Pie has become a common order.

The Pub Pie has Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, black olives, mushrooms, and feta cheese. The toppings go on O’Zone’s three cheese blend and sauce. O’Zone uses thin crust for its pizzas which tends to be somewhat crispy. The combination of all of the ingredients work together to make one delicious pizza.

As for nearly everything at O’Zone, the price of the Pub Pie is reasonable. For a sixteen inch pizza, equivalent to a large at other places, the price is less than twenty dollars. Considering that three grown men can get full from a sixteen inch pizza, that is an excellent deal.

O’Zone is located on 12th Avenue in the old Sacred Heart Hospital building in the East Hill area.

Review by Rodney

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sushi at Fuji Sushi

Monday night, I was at Fuji Sushi with Chris. I ordered two things from the sushi menu: the spicy shrimp roll and the sunshine roll.

The shrimp roll has become almost a standby if I can’t decide on a choice. Fuji does it as well as other Japanese restaurants in Pensacola. It’s hard to say why it’s good, but I think it has to do with the shrimp breading. The sunshine roll was a new choice for me, and I’ll order it again the next time I’m at Fuji. The combination of cream cheese and sauce was absolutely delicious. I was less impressed with the tuna roll that Chris ordered and let me try. It lacked flavor, but I believe that has more to do with tuna than with the restaurant.

Overall, it was a great experience. For more about Fuji, go to

Review by Rodney

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