Maggiano’s Little Italy is an upscale Italian chain restaurant open since in 1991 and owned by Brinker International Restaurants. While I have only eaten at Maggiano’s twice, the Italian-American cuisine is always delicious and served in huge portions. During a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee, my kids and I stopped in for dinner one night. The food was so impressive that I had to share it with you.
Classic Italian Eats in An Upscale Environment
We opted for a hightop table at the front of the restaurant, which did not require us to be on the typical evening wait list. Our server, Linsey, brought us drinks and complimentary bread that was melt in your mouth good. Dipping oil can be found at your table and we requested balsamic vinegar to add to it. Maggiano’s uses good quality balsamic so if you are a fan, do not miss asking for it. Linsey was attentive all evening long, providing wonderful service.
Our dinner consisted of Veal Piccata, Lighter Take Fettuccine Alfredo, Tuscan Chicken and Shrimp, and the Light Version of Chicken Parmesan (marinara replaced with pomodoro sauce). Our food arrived, looking like heaven on a plate, and we all dug in. In fact, we did not hear from Blake the entire meal because he was immediately face down in his Veal Piccata. The capers and lemon butter of the dish smelled magnificent.
The dinner I selected was Tuscan Chicken and Shrimp, which included Prosciutto and Asiago cheese over Ziti pasta, covered with red pepper cream sauce. That cream sauce was absolutely off the hook! I did not eat all of the chicken and shrimp packed pasta, but the red pepper cream sauce did not stand a chance. Peyton’s Fettuccine Alfredo featured hand cut fettuccine, grilled chicken, and asparagus with a light Asiago cream sauce. All of our meals and service were satisfying.
Even though we were really full, we had to share the 5 piece Dessert Sampler if for nothing more than pictures (#doitfortheblog). The sampler was enough for the four of us, including Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée, Gigi’s Butter Cake, New York Style Cheesecake, and Apple Crostada. The plate was absolutely picture perfect. We decided that the Apple Crostada was best, although all of the desserts were noteworthy. While we dined, a piano player entertained us with Frank Sinatra tunes, a classic fit for an Italian restaurant.
The total bill for our evening at Maggiano’s Little Italy was $104.66, a little steep, but definitely worth the splurge. Tip: order one of the “On the House-Classic Pasta” dishes featured that include one to take with you. This would be great for lunch the next day! Join their E-Club and get $10 off your next visit.
3106 West End Avenue