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Maggiano's Little Italy

The other day, my Mom brought my Granny down to see me. Grandma doesn't do all that great some days, so it was really good that she came out here and back with no issues. She got her walker and just zipped right along. Anyway, Mom's husband and my sister came with them, and Travis met us all at Maggiano's Little Italy at Cumberland. There aren't many of these restaurants around here. There are only three in the entire state, apparently. And, I don't think there are many in other states, either. Heck, a lot of states don't have any. So, I thought I'd do a review on the place in case anyone wanted to make a special trip to try one. Here goes:

We had fried mozzarella and stuffed mushrooms for appetizers. The cheese was AWESOME. I loved it. I don't like mushrooms, but I tried a little of the stuffing in them. I thought it was OK. Mom and her husband loved them. And, the servings are enormous. The mushrooms aren't like little baby portobellos. They are about three inches wide. And, they bring you about 10 of them. It's a lot of food. Mom and Granny got side salads. I tried some of Mom's with the vinaigrette dressing. It was very good. I got the spinach salad. Terrible. Ugh. I hated it.

Grandma and mom got the lasagna. It was huge. A good 6in x 4in x 4in block. I tasted a little of my Mom's, and it seemed kind of sausagey. I don't like that. She liked it though, and Granny ate the shit out of hers.

Travis has the chicken marsala. It had THREE chicken breasts, but no sides. I thought that was odd. Even Olive Garden gives you some potatoes or something. Again, too much food to eat, though.

My Sis got spaghetti and meatballs. She got the half serving. E. Nor. Mous. The half serving is a normal serving at a normal restaurant. She didn't really say if she liked it or not, but she took her left-overs, so it couldn't have been too bad.

Mom's husband and I had the fettuccine alfredo. He had chicken. I did not. I got the half order. He did not. (And, this little piggie went wee wee wee all the way home...I mean, um, nevermind...) The regular sized bowl was about a five gallon bucket. And, I swear to God I am NOT exaggerating. Swear. To. God. It was ridiculous. It took three to-go boxes to get his left-overs wrapped up. It was pretty good, but I felt like there wasn't enough sauce.

All in all, my verdict is it is over-priced. Sure, they give you enough for six people to eat for four days, but it really wasn't all that good. I think I'll stick with Olive Garden.


  1. I love Maggiano's. I will pay extra for the atmosphere and what I think is better than Olive Garden. If you ever get the chance, eat at Bucca Di Beppo. Ask if you can sit at the Pope's table, and enjoy the art, especially in the restrooms. It's loud southern Italian cooking.

  2. Yeah K liked hers ... she ate on it yesterday and we ended up sharing T's leftovers with the cats. OMG it was way too much food...


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