Romano's Macaroni Grill Ranked Best Italian Atmosphere And A Customer Favorite

Italian favorite among top 10 casual dining chains in annual Nation's Restaurant News survey

Mar 28, 2014, 09:05 ET from Romano's Macaroni Grill

HOUSTON, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an annual consumer survey of 162 dining chains, Romano's Macaroni Grill leapt eight places over last year's ranking and into the top 10 in the casual dining category. The brand finished first among Italian casual dining chains for its Italian trattoria-inspired atmosphere and received highly favorable rankings for food quality, cleanliness and service.

Respected industry magazine Nation's Restaurant News conducted the Consumer Picks analysis, along with research firm WD Partners. The fourth annual survey received more than 44,000 vetted customer ratings.

From 2013 to 2014, the chain saw particular improvements in value, menu variety, craveability and atmosphere, supported by changes made by its new parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group. After acquiring Macaroni Grill in 2013, brand leadership made substantial changes to the menu and wine list, improving recipes and execution and adding memorable dining occasions driven by campaigns such as its $15 Tasting Menu and Summer Uncorked half-priced wine promotion.

"Our leadership team set out to change the experience at Macaroni Grill for the better," said Macaroni Grill President John Gilbert. "The jump in customer rankings is proof that we're on the right track and, most importantly, indicates customers appreciate the changes we've made."

Macaroni Grill was among the top picks for men in all age groups.

About Romano's Macaroni Grill®
Since 1988, Romano's Macaroni Grill has served up a big night out experience every day of the week, inviting guests to enjoy unforgettable meals inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine and accompanied by wines from the best regions of Italy and the U.S. From its unique honor wine system to opera singing in the dining room, the restaurant offers a unique Italian dining experience at an exceptional value. Romano's Macaroni Grill, ranked in the top 10 casual dining chains in the U.S. by Nation's Restaurant News, is part of Ignite Restaurant Group's (Nasdaq: IRG) portfolio of restaurants and has more than 200 locations worldwide. For more information, visit

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