A good friend of mine introduced my famiglia to Maggiano’s and from what I remembered it was a very good experience, but that was two years ago. I couldn’t remember much about it or what I ordered so I asked his family to join my family and we decided to spend an early evening in Little Italy.
Our dining experience got off to a rocky start as our waiter abandoned our table right after he took our drink orders without explanation, but our secondary waiter came through like a good middle relief pitcher. We had four adults and four kids and all of the kids elected to eat pizza so we had to abandon the family-style dining which was the primary reason I wanted to go to Maggiano’s. Instead my buddy and his wife ordered the Famous Rigatoni D and the Tuscan Shrimp and Chicken. My wife and I ordered and shared the Four-Cheese Ravioli and the Famous Rigatoni D, substituting mushrooms for garlic. Everyone really enjoyed the food and we had a great time, but our service was just okay. Our original server never returned and there were some issues with our utensils as my wife and I both had to ask for cleaner utensils.
Maggiano’s is a good restaurant choice for family dining because there is an assortment of pasta dishes for adults and children. Plus Maggiano's had a very good wine selection. If you are not in to wine or if you are like my wife and you are looking for something different, opt for the red sangria which is very good and the cheesecake is a nice after-dinner option. My family doesn’t eat a lot of pasta, but if pasta is your thing get there early because you won’t be the only famiglia trying to get a table at Little Italy.