Nov 2006

Maggiano's Little Italy – Philadelphia

November 18, 2006
Cuisine: Italian

1201 Filbert St, Philadelphia 19107
At N 12th St

Phone: 215-567-2020

Whole grain and white bread (complimentary)

Entree I: Full Order Spaghetti with your choice of meatballs or Italian sausage; served with our meat or marinara sauce ($14.25)

Entree II: Full Order Chicken Pesto Linguine – Linguine pasta tossed with roasted chicken, pesto, and pine nuts in a Parmesan broth with a hint of lemon ($15.95)

Dessert: Homemade Profiteroles – Pastry shell filled with vanilla bean ice cream and topped with our own hot fudge and fresh whipped cream; dusted with cocoa powder and powdered sugar ($1.95)

The night before James Golden’s marathon debut, the Astronomer and I accompanied him to Maggiano’s for some pre-race carbo-loading.

James and I shared the spaghetti with meatballs, which was made with linguine. Perhaps the kitchen was out of spaghetti the night we dined? Anyhow, the linguine with meatballs was FANTASTIC. The best pasta with meatballs I’ve ever had! The meat sauce was slightly spicy because of the flavorful sausage bits, which James and I really appreciated. The meatballs were the size of my fist and were so delicious. We shared a large order, but couldn’t finish it so we split the leftovers. I enjoyed my half for lunch today and it was just as good as on Saturday night.

The Astronomer ordered a large order of his old standby – linguine with pesto. Maggiano’s interpretation of pesto is quite good, but a bit on the mild side because the sauce is brothier and less oily than the average pesto.

For dessert we all shared a profiterole. It was delicious. You can’t go wrong with ice cream, hot fudge, and a puff pastry!

Even though Maggiano’s is a chain, I can’t help but love it.

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