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Little Italy Favorites: Stuffed Pastas

Written on January 21, 2014

Stuffed Pastas
Every dish has a story. Ask your server!

Available now through March 26, 2014

Little Italy Favorites: Stuffed Pastas

Choose from the Casoncelli with Four-Cheese & Ham, Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Shells, Smoked Brisket Cannelloni or the Paccheri Amatriciana. Some may find the Stuffed Shells and Paccheri familiar from before the holidays and those who didn’t try it they will be thrilled with the flavors.

We’ve never used shaved black truffles before and we’re excited to introduce them in the Casoncelli with Four-Cheese & Ham, which is our take on an indulgent Mac & Cheese. The Fontina cheese and smoked Nueske ham finish the flavor profile as a perfect winter dish.

The Smoked Brisket Cannelloni represents the evolution of the award-winning Braised Beef Cannelloni that many remember from the past. It’s a little more modern, using natural smoking techniques and on-trend ingredients, such as butternut squash and Swish chard.

All of the dishes were designed as indulgent pastas that are time-consuming to create at home. Stuffed Shells are great for the Rigatoni D lover and the Paccheri has a fun story as the “garlic smuggler,” in addition to its great flavor. Finish any of them off with the warm Lemon Semolina Cake, and Guests can’t go wrong.

So while the holidays may be over, and it’s still cold in most places, at Maggiano’s we’re still in that warm and generous spirit. You are always welcome to join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special occasion. We also invite you to follow us on Instagram , Twitter and Pinterest , and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and tips.

Maggiano’s Favorite 2014 Wedding Trends

Written on January 21, 2014

Love is in the air and we are feeling blissful about these 2014 weddings trends!

Maggiano’s Favorite 2014 Wedding Trends

Vintage Wedding Décor & Design
Brides are embracing a more traditional, romantic viewpoint that harks back to the weddings of yesteryear. This means a return to dark wood and big chandeliers as well as honoring those who have passed by including family heirlooms in the ceremony and reception. In addition, vintage style is being reflected in cake design with a shift from modern cakes to more romantic, ruffled designs.

Seasonal Family Style
While overall wedding trends seem to be ditching DIY for more elegant accents, family style dining is thriving. Brides want quality food in an approachable setting that encourages interaction between family and friends. In addition, the seasonal food movement is a dining trend that has flowed from restaurants to weddings. Seasonal features offer the freshest ingredients at the time of year when it tastes the best. Who wouldn’t want that?! Check out our seasonal features here.

Late Night Snacks
All the dancing (and cocktails) can work up an appetite even after a delicious meal. Late night snacks provide extra fuel and fun for weddings that go long past sundown. Whether you serve meatball sliders or mini crab cakes, guests will love the surprising added touch and tasty treat.

High Tech Receptions
Old world opulence is gaining popularity again, but you can’t deny the role technology is playing in weddings. Many couples are now creating their own unique hashtag for guests to use on Instagram and Twitter so to easily compile date and photos from different users. Additionally, there are a myriad of wedding centric apps available but one of our favorites is Flock. It’s a photo gathering app that automatically identifies friends in photos using Facebook and creates a folder to share with them.

Bliss List is back! We invite engaged couples to capture their blissful moments by providing a photo and an essay of 250 words or less, listing the top five things they’d like to experience together during their marriage. Who would you like to meet? What faraway places would you both like visit? What skills would you like to develop together?

Enter your Bliss List by February 28, 2014. The couple who receives the most votes at the end of the voting period on March 28, 2014, will win a grand prize Maggiano’s wedding reception, valued at $5000. Second and third place winners will receive a $3,500 and $1,500 credit toward a banquet event at Maggiano’s, respectively.

To learn more about current wedding trends check out these websites.

 

Little Italy Favorites: Taylor Street Baked Ziti Recipe

Written on January 20, 2014

We love our On the House Classic Pastas! Available all day and every day when you dine in at participating locations, you can choose one Classic Pasta today and take another home for tomorrow…compliments of your chef! Enjoy our Taylor Street Baked Ziti recipe from our table to yours.

Little Italy Favorites: Taylor Street Baked Ziti Recipe

Serves 3 -4
Ingredients
16 oz ziti pasta
20 oz canned or fresh marinara sauce
2 oz olive oil
1 oz butter
1 lb ground Italian sausage
1 oz chopped basil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
8 oz shredded Mozzarella
1 cup white wine
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan
12 oz diced tomatoes
1 basil sprig

Instructions
Place ziti Pasta in boiling water and cook as stated on the back of the packaging or until your desired al dente. Place the Olive Oil into a heated sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook the Italian sausage.
Once the sausage is almost cooked, add the garlic and continue cooking for approximately 30 seconds. Add the white wine and bring to a simmer, reducing the wine until almost completely dry.
Lower the heat to medium, and add the diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, butter and chopped basil. Remove from the heat, and add the pasta and half of the Mozzarella. Then toss to blend.
Transfer to the baking dish and top with the remaining Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Place underneath a broiler or in a convection oven for approximately 2-3 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Garnish with basil sprig and serve immediately

Other Classic Pastas you’ll enjoy:
Spaghetti
Spaghetti & Meatball
Mom’s Lasagna
Four-Cheese Ravioli
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Fettuccine Alfredo
Mushroom Ravioli al Forno
and of course, Taylor Street Baked Ziti

You are always welcome to join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special event. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTubefor more recipes and tips.

Maggiano’s Little Italy Holiday Favorites

Written on December 5, 2013

Available December 5th – January 8th

We have a special delivery just in time for the holidays. Enjoy some of our favorite, comforting dishes this holiday season.

 

Maggiano's Little Italy Holiday Favorites

Featuring Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards
Charlotte’s Home, Sauvignon Blanc
Alexander Valley Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, Chardonnay
Enjoy a bottle and receive a commemorative Maggiano’s carafe*. Our gift to you!

Dishes you’ll enjoy on our “Holiday Favorites” menu:

Pepperoni Fondue
Four-Cheese, Pepperoncini Fondue, Crostini

Crab & Shrimp Imperial
Lobster Cream Sauce, Herb Breadcrumbs, Orzo Pasta

Stuffed Shells Bolognese
Jumbo Pasta Shells, Beef Bolognese, Asiago Cheese, Tomato Cream Sauce

Spinach Tortellacci**
Tomato Pesto Broth, Grana Padana Parmesan, Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chicken Romano
Artichokes, Tomatoes, Angel Hair Aglio Olio

Andes® Chocolate Mint Cake
Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, Andes® Mints
Maggiano’s Little Italy will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® for each piece of Andes® Chocolate Mint Cake sold with a minimum guarantee of $200,000 for all in-restaurant promotions from 6/27/13 – 6/25/14. For more information, visit wish.org

May your holiday season be filled with joyful memories and plenty of pasta! You are always welcome to join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or holiday event. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and tips.

*No purchase necessary
** Dish Contains Nuts
Subject to Availability

Andes® is a registered trademark of Tootsie Roll Industries, LLC. Chicago, Illinois.