Industry News | November 2, 2011

Fazoli Rolls Out Healthy Menu Options

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Fazoli’s is rolling out more than 15 flavorful menu items that provide guests greater variety and opportunities to customize their meals, as well as, an array of new offerings under 400 calories. Launching in company restaurants, as well as some franchised locations, the “Expand Your Taste” menu includes new Flatbread Piada sandwiches, Flatbread Pizzas, pastas, and a new Chopped Salad.

Fazoli’s is now offering a “Pick your Pasta” option. Diners select a pasta and pair it with their choice of sauce and protein.

New offerings, like Bowtie Pasta and Whole Wheat Penne, along with more traditional favorites including Ravioli, Spaghetti, and Fettuccine, give guests many ways to cook up customized entrees.

Guests looking for lower calorie options will welcome the new Tuscan Chicken and Roasted Chicken Flatbread Pizzas, which are less than 500 calories. Pasta lovers will appreciate three new pasta dishes all with 400 calories or less, including Three Cheese Baked Ravioli, Chicken Mushroom Alfredo Bake, and Chicken Penne & Peppers.

The “Expand Your Taste” menu also includes new Four Cheese Lasagna, a new Citrus Apple & Roasted Chicken Chopped Entree Salad, and two new Sampler Platters, including a lower calorie option.

To take advantage of Americans’ new interest in snacking, Fazoli’s is introducing Toasted Ravioli, starting at $2.99 for six, and Stuffed Pizza Sticks, $3.79 for two.

On the kids menu, apple slices are now a side option, and apple juice is automatically served, unless an alternate drink is requested.

The addition of flatbread to the restaurant also opens up the door for a new line of sandwiches – Piadas!  This traditional Italian street food offering is a bold and fresh new way to enjoy the typical sandwich.  Served open-faced the Piada is a pick up and eat wonder with great new flavors like Chicken Pesto, an Italian BLT, and a Vegetable Fresco option.

 

Our culinary team has combined freshness with flavor to create dishes that are lighter yet satisfying,” says Cathy Hull, chief marketing officer.

Guests will find more options for lunch, dinner, and snacking. And in keeping with Fazoli’s focus on value, all the new menu items are priced to stay within the family budget.”

According to Hull, franchised locations will begin offering a modified version of the “Expand Your Taste” menu next spring.

Fazoli’s is taking a giant leap forward in delivering consumers what they’re looking for in variety and customization from a quick service restaurant,” she adds.

These new products also put Fazoli’s in a great position as more menu labeling requirements come into play.”

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