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Little Italy Favorites: Maggiano’s Wine & Stuffed Pastas

Written on March 11, 2014

Our Stuffed Pastas, available through March 26th have been a hit across the country! If you haven’t tried dishes like Smoked Brisket Cannelloni or Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells, you can take a look at these limited time features at www.stuffedpastas.com.

Little Italy Favorites: Maggiano’s Wine & Stuffed Pastas

Julia Child said it best, “Wine is meant to be with food – that is the point of it.” Our resident Sommelier agrees and has shared some of her favorite pairings from our wine menu.

Casoncelli with Four-Cheese & Ham
Candy wrapper shaped pasta with Shaved Black Truffle, Fontina and Grana Padano Parmesan Cheese, Nueske Smoked Ham, Spinach & Garlic Cream Sauce
Pair with “Centine,”Banfi – an old world Italian red OR Tempranillo, Glorioso, Reserva – a Spanish red.

Smoked Brisket Cannelloni
Cannelloni filled with Slow-Smoked Brisket, Fontina & Grana Padano Parmesan Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard, Roasted Butternut Squash and Diavolo Sauce
Pair with Charles Smith, “Boom Boom,” Syrah (don’t you love the name?!) OR Tamari, “Reserva,” Malbec

Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells
Jumbo Shells baked with Grana Padano Parmesan, Spinach, Sage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Marsala Cream Sauce
Pair with Estancia Pinot Noir OR Ferrari Carano, Pinot Grigio

Paccheri Amatriciana
Cannelloni filled with Cheese, Smoked Italian Ham, Tomato Ragu, Italian Sausage and Swiss Chard
Pair with Rosso, Villa Antinori OR Swanson, “Cygnet,” Merlot

Lemon Semolina Cake
Polenta, Mascarpone Cream, Toasted Almonds
Pair with Moscato, “ Italian Bubbles,” Secco OR our Handcrafted Classic Cocktail, the Elderflower Collins

Salute to food and wine you’ll love! We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal or special occasion. We also invite you to join our E-club, like us on Facebook, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

 

Maggiano’s Wine: Coppola Rosso & Bianco

Written on February 18, 2014

We’re excited to celebrate National Drink Wine Day today! For our red wine fans, we’d like to introduce you to Coppola Rosso & Bianco Rosso. This light and fruity red is a Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah blend from California. You’ll be intrigued by the complex hints of plum, cherries, mocha, and strawberry jam.

Maggianos Wine: Coppola Rosso & Bianco

It’s a great accompaniment to just about any meal. Our Sommelier agrees that Rosso is designed for everyday enjoyment and best with our Spaghetti & Meatball recipe.

Don’t forget to use #MaggVino and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest by February 27, 2014, and you could win a $100 Maggiano’s Gift Card!

We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal or special occasion. We also invite you to join our E-club, like us on Facebook, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

 

Maggiano’s Wine: Decoy Cabernet

Written on January 28, 2014

It’s no secret that we love wine at Maggiano’s and Decoy Cabernet is one of our favorites. Decoy has fans around the globe who love the wine’s distinctive style and expressive notes without requiring prolonged time to age. It’s rich and appealing with fragrant aromas of mulberry, raspberry, and currant with hints of rhubarb and mocha.

Maggiano's Wine Decoy Cabernet

Few things sound better than a comforting meal and glass of red wine in the peak of winter. We asked our resident sommelier to share some of her favorite dishes that pair beautifully with Decoy Cabernet. Her top picks to complement this softly fruity and spicy wine:

Appetizers
Sausage & Peppers
Italian Sausage Flatbread

Pastas
Taylor Street Baked Ziti
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Fettuccine Alfredo

Entrées
Peppercorn-Crusted Sirloin
Beef Tenderloin Medallions
Prime New York Steak

Dessert
Chocolate Zuccotto Cake

Don’t forget to use #MaggVino and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest  by February 4, 2014 and you could win a $100 Maggiano’s Gift Card!

We invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

 

Red Wine Glass

Maggiano’s Little Italy Chef Tips: Food and Wine Pairing

Written on August 14, 2012

You don’t have to be a wine expert or gourmet chef to enjoy the right food and wine pairing. Here are some Maggiano’s Little Italy chef tips to help you understand that, just like a recipe, it doesn’t have to be complex to be delicious.

A great starting point is to go with wine that you already know and love.  There’s no need to have white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. A basic understanding of food, wine and how the flavors relate to one another goes a long way as flavor, texture, and cooking method are important to your food and wine pairing.

To help you get started, we put a simple guide together. Keep in mind that these are not final rules, but they serve as guidelines to help you create a successful food and wine pairing. No matter the result, consider the flavor of both the wine and food to create the best experience.

To celebrate this year’s grape harvest, this fall the Chefs at Maggiano’s Little Italy will be featuring “crush”-inspired dishes and two featured wines from The Dreaming Tree – a collaboration between acclaimed winemaker Steve Reeder and musician/wine enthusiast Dave Matthews. Enter by August 21, 2012 for your chance to win Dave Matthews Band VIP concert tickers, a private Sonoma County wine experience and more.

We invite you to enjoy the food and wine pairings and inviting atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes.