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. Be prepared, this post will make your mouth water!
Classic Italian Eats in An Upscale Environment
My family and I opted for a high top table at the front of Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, which did not require us to be on the typical evening wait list. Our server Linsey brought us drinks and complimentary bread that melted in our mouths. We used the dipping oil at your table and requested balsamic vinegar to add to it. Maggiano’s Little Italy used a good quality balsamic, so if you are a fan, do ask for it. Linsey was attentive all evening long and provided wonderful service.
Our dinners consisted of Veal Piccata, Lighter Take Fettuccine Alfredo, Tuscan Chicken and Shrimp, and the Light Version of Chicken Parmesan. Taylor requested that her Chicken Parm be substituted with Pomodoro sauce rather than marinara. Our food arrived and looked like heaven on a plate. We immediately dug in. In fact, we did not hear from Blake the entire meal because he was face down in his yummy Veal Piccata. The capers and lemon butter of his Veal Piccata dish smelled magnificent.
Mouth-Watering Pasta Dishes from Maggiano’s
The dinner I selected was the Tuscan Chicken and Shrimp, which included Prosciutto and Asiago cheese over Ziti pasta. The pasta was covered with a luscious red pepper cream sauce that 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 noodles, perfectly grilled chicken, and asparagus with a light Asiago cream sauce. The meals and service definitely satisfied.
Even though we were really full, we had to share the five piece Dessert Sampler if for nothing more than pictures (#doitfortheblog). The decadent sampler was enough for the four of us and included creamy Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée, Gigi’s Butter Cake, New York Style Cheesecake, and Apple Crostada. Our dessert plate was truly picture perfect! We all agreed that the Apple Crostada was best, although all of the desserts were noteworthy. Taylor swayed toward the New York Style Cheesecake. 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 of your next visit.
3106 West End Avenue