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The Story Behind Italian-American Crush

Written on September 13, 2012

The grape harvest season in Italy is highly anticipated and celebrated like no other seasonal event in the life of Italian farmers. The harvest – referred to as the Italian-American Crush in the United States – takes on an almost ritualistic and sacred meaning for the generations of Italians who participate. It is also a huge family affair and you will see everyone from grandparents to small children taking part. It’s our passion to preserve the rich traditions of our Italian heritage right alongside the American interpretation that makes it uniquely Maggiano’s.

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

Come celebrate the harvest season at Maggiano’s Little Italy with family and friends. Now through November 28th, we will be featuring dishes and ingredients that tie back to the harvest season of Italy and California. You can expect our specialties to be wonderfully different and invitingly familiar at the same time.

Dishes you’ll enjoy on our “Italian-American Crush” fall menu:

Roasted Pear Bruschetta

Prosciutto, Arugula, Gorgonzola, Honey & Balsamic

Pasta Lorin
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September 13th – October 10th

Tomato Vodka, Mushroom, Prosciutto, Ziti Pasta

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brown Butter, Parmesan, Amaretti Crumbs

Stuffed Chicken Pizzaiola

Mozzarella, Ricotta, Tropheo Pasta, Pomodoro, Red Peppers, Pepperoncini

Tuscan Spiced Shrimp

Bell Peppers, Parmesan Polenta, Lobster Cream Sauce

Lemon Semolina Cake

September 13th – October 10th

Polenta, Mascarpone Cream, Almond Brittle

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

October 11th – November 28th

Gingersnap Crust, Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Pecan Praline Crumbs

  • M Goss

    You forgot to list prices………….Mort Goss

  • Jodi

    Your food is awesome and inspiring! Yum, yum!

  • Lisa Sanders

    So excited for the Chzcake it’s my Husbands favorite

  • Kim

    I’m looking forward to the Butternut Squash Ravioli and the Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake!!!

  • Stevensontalent

    All sound so good and so wonderfully delicious. Everything is always good at Maggianos. Enjoyed my 75th birthday there last May and my guests were delighted with everything served.

  • Ms333333

    They always do!

  • Dedemcintosh

    I’ll be right over!

  • Grace


  • Ladyelainany

    I keep looking for some kind of coupon…smiling.

  • Jen

    Would love to know prices. Are these fall dishes going to be available in child size portions? Or is there a fall meny for children?

  • Jen


  • Anna

    Is there a coupon? where are the prices

  • Seahag

    It all sounds TOO good!

  • Benny_matos

    I love the restaurant,its have delicious dishes.please,i would like to see the prices.

  • Judgebuff

    Sound great!  Please include the prices.

  • Gregory A

    You folks are killing me and my bride! We look forward to the pumpkin butternut squash. Truly the BEST! 

  • Mfutrell

    Menu sounds wonderdul, but where are the prices?

  • Taj, Shonn, Linda, Torrie

    The Restaurant and it’s cuisine is IMPRESSIVE……    My Familia and I enjoyed every minute.   Tha staff was Amazing.  The Chefs   IMPECCABLE…..    Taj  Evangelista   

  • Maggiano’s Little Italy

    Thanks for asking about the menu! We’re really excited about it, too. Italian-American Crush fall menu dishes start at $8.50.

  • random man

    prices in my area are bruchetta 9.50 pasta lorin 14.95 squash rav. 15.95 pizziola 14.95  shrimp 22.95

  • random man

    deserts 8.50

  • random man

    put some prices above for ya. 

  • All4jesus2

    Sounds awesome! My sister & I are in the parking lot waiting for a friend to get here. Can’t wait to try the Butternut Squash Ravioli & Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake!

  • Babs

    Love Maggiano’s – we’re going tonight and I’m going to try the Tuscan Spiced Shrimp, and for sure the Lemon Semolina cake!

  • Marilana2

    How much???

  • Vitamarin

    And calories to each dish!

  • Vitamarin

    And calories to each dish!

  • yankeelvr

    I guess they want  you to tell them how much.

  • Henry75james

    Good place to eat, Very good

  • Frosty

    Really would like to see prices. Looking for family dinner for 11 people. We love the Las Vegas restaurant and visit there twice a year.

  • Fernando Mendoza

    Me too, what about the $$$$. You guys are making me hungry again. I live in Laredo but everytime I visit San Antonio, I make it a point to go to “Little Italy” Keep sending these ads.
    Mr Mendoza

  • Anonymous

    I enjoy going to eat at your place, food is great, personel are polite and prices are good.

  • Zguy85086

    Prices are essential….

  • Las75098

    I never ever found any kind of ravioli except for meat or cheese any time and any where I went to in Italy.  So, I think this place also has visions of grandeur like Macaroni Grill, nothing authentic.  think I will not bother to go.

  • Eliran6568

    I would like a menu with prices listed

  • Jo Sunni Morgan

    Maggiano’s is my most favorite place!  The food is AWESOME and the price is COMFORTABLE

  • Caryl

    The Butternut Squash Ravioli sounds and looks “out of this world” .  Looking forward to it.

  • Njeagan

    Menu looks super.  We will be there in the next few weeks!

  • Bblond

    As a customer, prices are nice, but they are always moderate at maggianos so I never worry about price there

  • Red

    There prices are always reasonable and the food is fantastic.  My wife and I have been going to Maggiano’s for years and it is always a treat.  

  • Bettejorchard

    Yes, please record the prices – we have been there twice, it was extraordinary– especially liked
    it when we could take home the leftovers!!!

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  • Rich

    prices who cares im moneybags!

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