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March Maggianos Monday: Little Italy Favorites

Welcome to the highly anticipated March edition of Maggianos Monday! We’ve fallen in love with Maggianos for their family atmosphere and fabulous food, but what makes it even better for our family are the values they keep offering each month.

From now through March 30, Maggianos is offering their Little Italy Favorites: some delicious new dishes and at a discount everyone will love (with this $2 off coupon). With the help of their executive chefs from across the country, Maggianos has crafted three unique dishes that are sure to please any palate!
Maggianos-saladBefore I tempt your taste buds with the Little Italy Favorites, let me say that you can’t go wrong with the Maggianos salad: fresh greens, crispy prosciutto, blue cheese crumbles, red onion and their house vinagrette (which I could drink from a bottle – it’s just that good!). I tried to get the secret recipe for the dressing….but no such luck.

Nuzzo's Gnocchi in Pesto Cream Sauce

I couldn’t resist sampling Nuzzo’s Gnocchi. While normally made from potato, this gnocchi is made from ricotta cheese and tossed in a pesto cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, herb-roasted chicken and Kalamata olives. Since I’m not a fan of olives, I left those off, but I have a hard time turning down anything containing pesto & cream! These little puffs of heaven were so delightful! My only complaint was that the portion could have fed about four people (if that even counts as a complaint! Some would argue it’s just a good value 😉

Herb Crusted Sirloin with Fontina Potatoes
Herb Crusted Sirloin with Fontina Potatoes

I convinced my husband to try the Herb-Crusted Sirloin. Ok, maybe convinced is a strong word; he wanted to order it anyway! I do not consider myself a meat person, but just reading about the sirloin crusted with Italian herbs and served with Fontina potatoes and horseradish cream sauce made me giddy. Like the loving and dutiful husband that he is, he obliged and almost forgot to let me stick my fork in it! Delicious does not adequately describe this dish.

What’s most interesting (and what will have us heading back sooner than we may have thought) was that everyone we spoke to agreed that their favorite of all the Little Italy Favorites was the Salmon Oscar. The fish is crusted with Asiago and herbs, topped with jumbo lump crab, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes in a white wine lemon butter sauce, served with linguine. I didn’t even consider it originally because I’m allergic to salmon, but since Maggianos is a scratch-made kitchen, they can accommodate any food allergy. This means they could have substituted the salmon with their other featured fish of the day. Needless to say, I can’t wait to taste what everyone is raving about!

Britton's birthday serenade

Our energetic and enthusiastic server, Phillip, seemed set on making this outing a special occasion for us. When asked if we were celebrating anything special, my son was quick to say it was his birthday (technically it was a week ago, but obviously he wanted to keep the celebration going!). After bringing the kids their ice cream and Vera’s Lemon Cookies (which I cannot get enough of, by the way!), he serenaded Britton with an Italian operatic version of “Happy Birthday”…to which Britton responded, “He is so, so nice!”

Maggianos Cannoli Duo

Maggianos is also offering a special dessert as one of their Little Italy Favorites: the Cannoli Duo that features freshly made Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cannoli and White Chocolate & Candied Pistachio Cannoli served with fresh berries. I don’t normally like cannoli, but this creation from Chef Francie Copeland-Ford at the original downtown Chicago restaurant was light and lovely (must be a Chicago thing 😉

Once again, Maggianos has graciously offered to give two of my readers each a $25 gift card. There are several ways to enter, so please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each means of entry:

  1. Leave a comment below letting me know what draws you to Maggianos: the food, the atmosphere or the value
  2. Become a Fan on Facebook (SamiCone.com) & SHARE the contest on your Facebook wall (http://samicone.com/?p=11397)
  3. Follow @TheSamiCone on Twitter & SHARE the contest on Twitter   http://samicone.com/?p=11397
  4. Like Maggiano’s Little Italy official Facebook page and leave a comment there with which Little Italy favorite you’re most looking forward to trying
  5. Follow @Maggianos on Twitter & RT the following
    I want to try @Maggianos Little Italy Favorites thanks to @TheSamiCone http://samicone.com/?p=11397

I’ll pick two winners at random from all entries received before Midnight CST on Sunday, March 20. Winners will be contacted by email and will then have 48 hours to respond with their contact info.

Even if you don’t win, make sure to print your Maggianos Coupon for $2 off any Little Italy Favorite or sign up for the Maggianos eClub and get $10 off your next meal!

UPDATE: Congratulations to the Owen Family & Angela Pullen -the winners of our gift cards!


  1. The tasty Italian food plus generous portions draws me to Maggiano’s!

  2. What draws me to Maggianos is the food and the awesome people who work there. The manager always comes and chats with us, and the deal where you get buy one get one free pasta is amazing!

  3. I like Sami Cone on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore – and shared the contest on my wall: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=159889894065185&id=804795642

  4. Well, I never win anything, but what the hey, right? I have never actually been to Maggianos! And isn’t that a shame, since Italian food is my favorite, by far. A couple of years ago, my church group had Maggianos’ take-out one time, and it was really good. I’ve been saying that we need to actually go there.

  5. I love maggianos because of family style dining. lots of food and plenty to take home. plus they have a deal where I can choose a pasta now and take one home for later. their food is just so good, I go there a lot, and had our wedding rehearsal there. LOVE the cannelloni.

  6. I liked you on facebook and shared the contest on my wall. Facebook.com/KimNybor

  7. I just love the ravioli. They’re to die for!

  8. I like Maggiano’s on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore – and posted on their wall: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150162201685590&id=804795642

  9. I follow you on Twitter and shared your contest @kimnybor

  10. I follow Maggianos and I retweeted. @kimnybor

  11. I really enjoy Maggiano’s food and their 12.99 menu items. The eat here and take some home with you deal is amazing and always good. I think I’ve tried each item and they were all good.

  12. We love Maggiano’s (but don’t make it there nearly as often as we’d like)! Love the food, but the atmosphere really does it for us. We had our favorite New Year’s Eve experience there last year with a great server, virtually no wait and a leisurely, fun and delicious dinner!

  13. I like the food, of course, and I like sharing a meal with the family. It makes it more fun!

  14. Catherine Carlton

    Two words: Family style!

    We have a family tradition of doing family style at Maggianos. Someone’s birthday? A promotion? A visitor in town? We always hit Maggianos for Family Style.

    We have an intricate voting system for what we order, i.e. sometimes votes are traded.

    And, of course, I always wear expandable pants, because it’s family style!

  15. How can you not want to go to Maggianos. the food is great, the atmosphere lively, and family enviroment it protrays with the family style eating. i love their salads…yum!

  16. We have never tried Maggianos, but apparently we are missing something as we know three different couples that ate there over the weekend. We love Italian food and look for reasons to visit Nashville!!!

  17. I love Maggiano’s because of the FOOD!! I have never had anything there I didn’t like, and I love that they’ll bag up what you don’t eat, and sometimes more, for you to bring home. Definitely a place for families!

  18. It’s definitely the food that draws me to Maggiano’s. Love it!

  19. Oh, it’s the food I crave!! Definitely the food! LOL

  20. I came running when I heard Maggianos and gift card. I love that place. yum! Good food!

  21. I also am following Maggiano’s on twitter and RT

  22. Just went there for the first time a few weeks ago and LOVED the enormous desserts!! Yea for chocolate pie!!!

  23. I’m a fan!! And I just posted your link on my FB page!

  24. I liked them on facebook and left a comment!

  25. I have heard great things though I haven’t been myself yet. Would love to win a chance to take my husband on a date and try our a great restaurant!

  26. I love Maggiano’s Food & Atmophere…it is very classy and Being a vegetarian I still get enough choices!

  27. I am Following you on FB from the day I got to know you!!

  28. Also on Twitter and also twitting about your giveaway!!

  29. also following Maggiano’s and RT about sami cone :)

  30. I love thier food and big portions.

  31. I follow you on facebook too

  32. I love Maggiano’s food!!

  33. I love Maggianos because I love good quality Italian food

  34. I am fb fan and shared

  35. I follow you on Twitter @ponilinda

  36. I follow Maggianos and tweeted

  37. hello sami,

    hope you all are having fun at the happiest place on earth DISNEY WORLD!!!! and thanks for the dvd cant wait to get it!! and thanks for your website its help me out alot with great deals and other personal item thank you so much..

  38. Shelley Kuhlmeyer

    I’ve never been to Maggianos and would love to try it!

  39. All of those dishes sound magnificant!!!! I think I’d go with the Salmon Oscar! Yum!

  40. I’m a FB fan of yours!

  41. I’m a fan of Maggiano’s on FB!