Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Maggiano's Little Italy

On the day of my birthday, my husband took me out to lunch and the mall to pick up a few things.  We went to Maggiano's Little Italy at Lincoln Square in Bellevue.   The restaurant has mixed reviews, but our experience was excellent.  You can check their website, I think they have locations across the US country.  They also have a menu on their website.  It's a big restaurant at this Bellevue location.  It has a really nice ambiance whether you are there with family or a nice romantic date.  The music they play is also pleasant to listen to while having a nice meal.

My husband has been here before for work meetings, but this was the first time he brought me here.  They have a lot of options on their menu.  A great deal they have is Meals for Two for $39.95.  You get a choice of an appetizer or flatbread, two choices of their Classic Pasta selections, and a dessert.  Not only that, but you also get 2 more Classic Pasta dishes to take home with you.  We were about to go this route, until my husband saw that they had Butternut Squash Ravioli.  It's one of his favorite flavors.  I really wanted seafood pasta, which wasn't one of the Classic choices, so we decided to just order what we wanted and forego the special.

This is the lobby to the restaurant.  There are a lot of windows, but it was gloomy outside,which made it seem darker inside.

We opted out of getting an appetizer, but we did get complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in.

This is the Butternut Squash Ravioli ($15.50).  It is not on their everyday menu.  It is a seasonal item.  It was really delicious and the nuts added to the texture and flavor of the dish.  I think they were hazelnuts.  The menu description says amaretti crumbs, but maybe they didn't have any and substituted with hazelnuts.

I ordered the Crab and Shrimp Tropheo ($20.95).  It's a twisted pasta shape with dungenous crab, shrimp, and zucchini in a lemon garlic cream sauce. The description said it has grape tomatoes, but apparently it was not in my dish.  It had ample amounts of crab and delicious shrimp.  The sauce was nice and light and the lemon flavor was not overpowering.  I like garlic and there were big chunks of garlic throughout the dish. It was really good, I was not disappointed. This was a big portion, I couldn't even finish it all.

For dessert, we ordered the Tiramisu ($7.50).  They had a good selection to choose from, but Tiramisu is our favorite.  Usually we are not real fond of restaurant Tiramisu and prefer the one I make, but we tried it anyway.  We absolutely loved their Tiramisu.  I think it was one of the best we've ever eaten.  It didn't have a strong alcohol flavor, nor did I really taste any.  Sometimes there is rum or something in it.  The cake was not over soaked with coffee, so it still had a nice texture.  It was heavily doused with cocoa, but it wasn't overpowering and didn't make me sneeze like I usually do when I eat chocolate.  And the fudge sauce underneath was really good.  Unfortunately, the dessert was not complimentary for birthdays, but our server did put a candle in it for me.


My husband suggested I have a date night with our son here.  We could order the Meals for Two special and take home the extra pasta dishes to my husband and daughter afterwards.  I looked up their website before writing this post and saw that if you sign up for their email club, they will send you a $10 off certificate.  So I did sign up and will use it when I take my son here for dinner.


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