If I could choose one place to eat in Lakeland, FL it would be Carabbas. I am a sucker for Italian food and this is the best I have tried. You would be remiss if you did not try the Polo Rossa Maria. It is a stuffed chicken to die for. I have eaten it numerous times and each time it gets better. The atmosphere is low key and soft Italian music is playing throughout the restaurant. They also offer curbside service if you just want to pick something up on the way home. Also, this place gets real crowded at night (its not open for Lunch) so be sure to get there early.
PROS: Atmosphere and delicious food
CONS: not open for lunch and crowded at nights