Maggiano’s is one of those authentic yet corporate restaurants some foodies won’t even set foot in. Owned by restaurant management corporation Brinker International, Maggiano’s is owned by the same company that owns Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It’s more upscale than its two sister chains, and the location in Los Angeles is at the very expensive and trendy Grove shopping center close to Beverly Hills.
Its a brand new building, built with quality, as are the other buildings at the Grove. Immediately you get an upscale feeling, fine furniture, a very large space, an ornate and elaborate bar, a piano bar, like on the level with The Palm or other fine dining restaurant.
We’ve been there a few times and always had a tremendous experience. As a place we gather with the family, we want prompt service, good food every time, and consistency. My wife and I are set in our ways, we both like the linguine and clams, and want it to taste the same every time we come. That’s why we go there. And they deliver. Every time we go, we get good service, great food, served in very large portions for reasonable prices.
Overall, the food was prompt, hot and everything was correct as ordered. The restaurant was busy and the service reflected this, but not uncomfortably so. The food was great and the portions are enormous. If you look around at diners finished with their meals, you will see they all have Maggianos bags filled with extra food to take home.
One thing I noticed, was the waiter was skilled at up selling items and making sure the check was as large as possible, which is part of his job as the salesperson for the restaurant. As soon as we sat down, he asked if we wanted fancy bottled water, then he asked if we wanted to buy a bottle of wine. Drinks were suggested and he of course suggested some of the higher priced signature cocktails. Drinks came promptly and when it came time to order, he suggested appetizers and openers, also the family style meals. He also suggested extra sides. Of course after the meal, after dinner drinks, coffees and desserts were suggested. We didn’t feel pressured, and everything he suggested was wonderful, so his input was appreciated.
I had the beef medallions, done in a rich sauce with mushrooms and some broccoli. The beef was terrific, tender pieces, a very large portion, and the sauce was rich and a very nice compliment to the beef. One person had the linguine and clams in white clam sauce, which was fresh and perfect as well. The clams were especially tasty, perfect, not rubbery at all. Its an enormous portion for $14.75. Another of our party had the garlic shrimp linguine, linguine tossed with sauteed shrimp, roasted garlic, white wine, fresh tomatoes and basil in a tomato shrimp sauce. It was also a spicy, zesty treat, with all the elements coming together perfectly.
Last up was the salmon, served with lemon and herbs. A tender fillet of salmon, fresh and cooked to perfection, sauteed with garlic and a white wine sauce, served with sauteed spinach and crispy red potatoes, almost “funyon” style. Dessert was the apple turnovers with ice cream, executed perfectly. Crisp outside, with a sweet sugary, cinnamon coating, with great apple filling inside. Another of us had a bowl of ice cream, with some berries and chocolate sauce.
We are all looking forward to our next visit.
Maggianos Little Italy
The Grove Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Z80
Los Angeles, CA