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An Italian-American Thanksgiving

by Maggiano's Little Italy

What do you consider an Italian-American Thanksgiving tradition? Families of Italian heritage have centuries of culinary traditions that range from pumpkin ravioli to sausage and mozzarella stuffing. Whether you plan to watch football, parades or feast on family favorites, the best tradition is bringing family, friends and the community together. Share the love and add an Italian-American twist to your spread this Thanksgiving with these awesome recipes.

An Italian-American Thanksgiving

Starter & Side Recipes
Cranberry Citrus Dressing
Parsnip & Potato Mash
Sausage Sage Bites
Shrimp & Butternut Squash Bruschetta – depicted above
Tuscan Style Mussels

Dessert Recipes
Giada’s Chocolate Ricotta Pie
Godiva Chocolate Crème Brûlée
Warm Apple Crostada

Cocktail Recipes
Cranberry Lime Bellini
Pumpkin Divine Martini
Salted Karamel Martini

You’re invited to celebrate Thanksgiving at our place or yours. Please join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy for menu details.
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Maggiano’s Teammate Celebrates Stuffed Pastas

by Maggiano's Little Italy

Are you smitten by our Stuffed Pastas features? Daniel O., from our Perimeter, GA restaurant, took things to another level, so we’ll let him tell you why you have to try these dishes.

Dishes you’ll enjoy on our “Stuffed Pastas” menu now through December 4th:
Our new Stuffed Pastas come with an On The House Classic Pasta to take home.* Learn more about the dishes and receive an exclusive offer you won’t want to miss!

Fresh Burrata
Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Olive Oil, Black Pepper

Burrata Ravioli
“The Earth’s Best Cheese”
Jumbo Half Moon Ravioli stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella Curd, Grana Padano Parmesan Broth, Heirloom Tomatoes, Balsamic and Fresh Basil

Spinach Tortellacci
“A Roman Celebratory Dish”
Tomato Pesto Broth, Grana Padano Parmesan, Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Paccheri Amatriciana
(Pa-Ker-Ee Ah-Ma-Tree-She-Ana)
“The Garlic Smuggler”
Cannelloni filled with Cheese, Smoked Italian Ham, Tomato Ragu, Italian Sausage and Swiss Chard

Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells
“Rigatoni ‘D’ in a Shell”
Jumbo Shells baked with Grana Padano Parmesan, Spinach, Sage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Marsala Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gingersnap Crust, Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Pecan Praline Crust

We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special occasion. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

 

†dish contains nuts    *available at participating restaurants
subject to availability

 

The Story Behind the Dish: Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells

by Maggiano's Little Italy

You love it and we love it too – Our Famous Rigatoni “D.” Our Chefs were inspired to take the flavors we love in Rigatoni “D” and stuff it in a jumbo pasta shell. Nothing could ever replace Rigatoni “D,” but these jumbo stuffed shells are a real treat for “Rig D” lovers. Stuffed shells are traditionally found in southern Italy. Their shape, size and consistency are the perfect vessel for bold, rich fillings and flavorful sauces.

The Story Behind the Dish: Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells

Baked pastas, or “pastas al forno” as they are called in Italy, date back to the Renaissance when baked pastas were served at the banquets of nobles.  These dishes were an invitation for the chef to display their creativity. And so, a take on our most iconic dish – our Rigatoni “D” – is the perfect opportunity for our chefs to showcase their creativity and serve our distinguished guests.

Dishes you’ll enjoy on our “Stuffed Pastas” menu now through December 4th:
Our new Stuffed Pastas come with an On The House Classic Pasta to take home.* Learn more about the dishes and receive an exclusive offer you won’t want to miss!

Fresh Burrata
Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Olive Oil, Black Pepper

Burrata Ravioli
“The Earth’s Best Cheese”
Jumbo Half Moon Ravioli stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella Curd, Grana Padano Parmesan Broth, Heirloom Tomatoes, Balsamic and Fresh Basil

Spinach Tortellacci
“A Roman Celebratory Dish”
Tomato Pesto Broth, Grana Padano Parmesan, Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Paccheri Amatriciana
(Pa-Ker-Ee Ah-Ma-Tree-She-Ana)
“The Garlic Smuggler”
Cannelloni filled with Cheese, Smoked Italian Ham, Tomato Ragu, Italian Sausage and Swiss Chard

Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells
“Rigatoni ‘D’ in a Shell”
Jumbo Shells baked with Grana Padano Parmesan, Spinach, Sage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Marsala Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gingersnap Crust, Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Pecan Praline Crust

We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special occasion. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

 

†dish contains nuts    *available at participating restaurants
subject to availability

The Story Behind the Dish: Spinach Tortellacci

by Maggiano's Little Italy

Every region of Italy is known for a different pasta filling. One of our favorite cities – Rome – is known for stuffing pasta with ricotta and spinach. Our chefs love this presentation of the traditional Roman stuffed pasta, topped with pesto, originating from the Liguria region of northern Italy on the Mediterranean coast.

The Story Behind the Dish: Spinach Tortellacci

Every dish has a story, and our Stuffed Pasta feature Spinach Tortellacci, has two different “origin” stories (as is often the case in Italian history). One is more exotic, while the other more practical. The first comes from an Italian epic mock-heroic poem published in the 1600s called “la secchia rapita,” or “the stolen bucket.” The poem is based on a real-life war between the cities of Modena and Bologna over the possession of a wooden bucket. According to the legend, Venus and Jupiter arrived at a tavern near Bologna one evening, tired from the battle between the cities.  The innkeeper peaked through the keyhole at the two and could only see Venus’s navel. Inspired, he rushed to create a  pasta – the tortellini – in its image.

The more practical story suggests that Italian mothers would close the tortellini to prevent filling from leaking into the broth while cooking. Either way, the tortellini is traditionally prepared around holidays with groups of old friends as they celebrate and socialize.

Dishes you’ll enjoy on our “Stuffed Pastas” menu now through December 4th:
Our new Stuffed Pastas come with an On The House Classic Pasta to take home.* Learn more about the dishes and receive an exclusive offer you won’t want to miss!

Fresh Burrata
Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Olive Oil, Black Pepper

Burrata Ravioli
“The Earth’s Best Cheese”
Jumbo Half Moon Ravioli stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella Curd, Grana Padano Parmesan Broth, Heirloom Tomatoes, Balsamic and Fresh Basil

Spinach Tortellacci
“A Roman Celebratory Dish”
Tomato Pesto Broth, Grana Padano Parmesan, Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Paccheri Amatriciana
(Pa-Ker-Ee Ah-Ma-Tree-She-Ana)
“The Garlic Smuggler”
Cannelloni filled with Cheese, Smoked Italian Ham, Tomato Ragu, Italian Sausage and Swiss Chard

Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells
“Rigatoni ‘D’ in a Shell”
Jumbo Shells baked with Grana Padano Parmesan, Spinach, Sage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Marsala Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gingersnap Crust, Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Pecan Praline Crust

We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special occasion. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

 

†dish contains nuts    *available at participating restaurants
subject to availability