Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Restaurant Review: Maggiano's Little Italy

Maggiano’s has got to be one of the nicest places to go for people suffering from Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivities. Every time I go there I feel very taken care of. For those who don’t know, Maggiano’s stocks gluten-free (GF) corn pasta, flour, and sometimes breadcrumbs. When you tell the waiter or waitress that you need GF options, they bring the chef out to your table to discuss what is available.

My partner and I went to Maggiano’s in downtown Philadelphia last Friday night. As usual the wait staff and chef gave great care in making sure that my condition was taken seriously. The chef asked me what I’d like and I asked him if he could make the best seafood pasta dish he could think of. I was asked what kind of seafood, and I responded with “all of it.” I was given a few choices before deciding on a light and creamy tomato/cheese sauce. The chef explained that usually they had GF breadcrumbs to make mozzarella sticks, breaded fish, etc., but that they were currently out. I appreciated the info, since I was unaware of those options. Next time I go there, I’ll have to order me up some breaded mozzarella sticks with a side of marinara sauce… it has been a long time since I had those. But I’ll have to make sure they don’t fry them in oil that has been contaminated by gluten.

The seafood medley that was delivered was beautifully presented and completely delicious. A few bites in and I was in seventh heaven, although I did have a few drinks as well, which could have contributed to the sense of eurphoria I was experiencing… let’s just say it was a combination of the two. Regardless, it was a great meal! The only GF desert option was Crème Brulee, which was cool since that’s one of my favorite sweets. In conclusion, Maggiano’s is a great place to go, whether you have gluten issues or not. Now they just need to post an online GF menu so I can link it on this site!

Here's a link to their website: Maggiano's Little Italy

*Make sure to check out my other gluten free recipes! Look out for upcoming reviews of gluten free products!

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