The first thing you notice when you enter Maggiano’s is how dark and dimly lit the restaurant is, kind of like Hollister and Abercrombie. While this trick that the latter stores use so customers cannot truly see any of their terrible clothes until they’ve already paid for them is definitely annoying in clothing stores, I couldn’t decide how I felt about the dim lights at Maggiano’s. On the one hand, the darkness creates an illusion of intimacy in this restaurant which is one huge dining area with tons of booths and tables piled one on top of each other (figuratively). On the other hand, maybe it’s all a ploy to hide something lurking in the food….. which is probably not the case because the food was delicious!
As with any Italian restaurant, your table is provided with endless amounts of bread before and during your meal. The little loaves were really fresh and chewy. I recommend making a dip from the things you have on your table: olive oil, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
I was stuffed from bread when my Chicken Tortelloni ($14.75 – see photo above) came out. WARNING: the portions here are HUUUGE. I highly recommend splitting a meal with someone, or planning to bring home leftovers. The tortelloni (which look very much like wontons) were stuffed with chicken and topped with spinach, tomatoes and a creamy garlic, white wine and ham sauce. The flavor was so powerful and fresh. The spinach was the perfect consistency and the sauce was made for dipping your bread in.
My friend ordered the Gnocchi and Italian Sausage ($14.75). I didn’t try the sausage, but the gnocchi was really soft and the sauce had a distinctly basily flavor.
The tortelloni pieces were quite large, so despite my friends and I dropping our jaws at every dessert we saw being carried by, we could not make room for more food. Just a note though, the desserts are also humongous, so I’d recommend getting the samplers to prevent a complete food coma.
If you’re looking for an upgrade from Olive Garden for only a few bucks more, I’d definitely recommend trying Maggiano’s. The sauces are delightfully potent and the pastas taste even better the next day as leftovers.
The Bottom Line:
160 N. Gulph Road, Suite 205
King of Prussia, PA 19406
*There is also another location in downtown Philly right next to Reading Terminal Market at 12th & Filbert.
And for my DC readers, there’s one in Chevy Chase at 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW, 200015