Italian Chain Land - here I come!

My sister returned from a year in Germany and to celebrate we had to go out to one of her favorite places - Maggiano's Little Italy. I know - how can the Food Hussy's sister love a chain? Well she's what I like to call a "Chickenatarian" - only "meat" she'll eat is chicken and she loves Italian food.
They start us out with a nice crusty bread and olive oil. The bread was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside and best of all - warm! The oil and cheese were also nice.

Edith got the caesar salad and was pleased as always. Looking at the photo - seems like a lot of croutons.

Creamy Chicken Potato Soup
Fresh Herbs & Vegetables with Roasted Chicken

This was okay - underseasoned a bit - I remember adding quite a bit of salt. The soup was creamy though and had lots of vegetables. I was pleased!

Fettuccine Alfredo, Broccoli
Traditional fettuccine noodles tossed with broccoli and garlic in a creamy alfredo sauce.

While she is a "Chickenatarian" - the broccoli alfredo is her favorite dish - so I knew this would be my sister's order. She ate about half and had the rest for leftovers!

This reminds me - I think they have some special going on that you go in and order a pasta dish and you can get one "to go" for a discounted price. Sorry that I don't remember the specifics - but it's meant for you to have leftovers for the next day. Nice idea in this economy.

Mushroom Ravioli al Forno
Ravioli stuffed with mushrooms, onions, marsala wine, parmesan cheese and baked with alfredo sauce until golden brown.

This is my standard order - mushroom ravioli - oye so good and then drench it in the most amazing alfredo sauce - oh yeah - then bake it with more cheese. Seriously? My BF (the personal trainer) has to be freaking out over the fat in this dish - but man - once a year it's worth it!

Maggiano's does not list any nutritional information. I've had this discussion with them via email and they've said that each chef makes their own dishes so they can't tell us. I think that's bunk since corporate determines the recipes - but what can you do?

The dish is really great - I absolutely love it.

Chicken Francese
Chicken lightly battered with a Parmesan Crust in a buttery lemon-wine sauce served with crispy red potatoes, fresh arugula and tomatoes.

The BF is allergic to eggs - so we had to ask the chef about this - they do typically use eggs in this dish for battering the chicken but withheld it for us. The server was very helpful and the chef was kind enough to come out and chat with us before BF ordered. We were very pleased with this.

This dish was delicious. I have a hard time getting anything other than the ravioli at Maggiano's but this was really great. The chicken was juicy and the lemon-wine sauce was so fresh! The sides were equally great and my BF doesn't like vegetables but he cleaned his plate!

If you're not a pasta person - try this dish!!!

Overall - yes - it's a chain - but I like it. Every once in a while - it's a place I like - plus my sister got to choose and it was her choice.

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4 comments

  1. I would like to have a 'chain' like this in Iowa. If the chefs have some control, it is one of the new chain concepts allowing local taste input. The corporations due allow for wide chef discretion so for them not to have ingredient lists for all is not a big suprise.

    Nice review!

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  2. FYI: The Vodka Gnocchi is the most amazing dish ever! Little pillows of cheesy deliciousness!! And it's leftovers are even better the next day, reheated! And that's a weird thing for me to say since I generally despise reheated pasta! Oh, and the tiramisu is fantastic!

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  3. So, how was the Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli? From the picture it looks like they cooked the ingredients separately and just threw them together on the plate? I prefer it when the fettuccine is already covered in sauce rather than arriving almost naked.

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  4. My sister is obsessed with fettucini alfredo & broccoli - so she loves it no matter what but yes I agree - I think they just plopped the broccoli on top.

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