I recently visited Maldini's, on the south side of the James River. It's in a quiet neighborhood area. We were all satisfied with the quality and variety of our lunches.
The decor is similar to many neighbohood restaurants with a bar. Decent, but not stellar as far as that goes. However, we all commented repeatedly on the high quaity of our meals. The waiter (manager?) was professional and eager to please.
I devoured an Italian style very slow roasted 1/2 Cornish Game Hen with oven roasted rosemary potatoes seasoned with sea salt and olive oil. It was juicy and toothsome steal for just $10. Even so, I added an ala carte mixed salad and San Pelligrino to round out my meal.
While chatting with the waiter, he commented that their seafood purveyor provides Maldini's with the freshest never frozen seafood within one hour of arrival at the seafood shop. Kudos for that attention to detail. Management is on top of their business and interested in quality, customer care and repeat business.
My companions ordered pasta lunch specials for $10 each. These consisted of a salad, a glass of beer wine or a soda plus your choice of any fresh house pasta in a lunch sized portion. This is a very good value because at least 20 different fresh home made pasta sauces are made daily. I tasted both pastas and liked themequally. Classic Italian, simply and precisely done.....
Several days after our visit, my son in law ordered the Maldini's 28? inch football game size size pizza for his buddies. He said was tasty and fed a small army as they watched a game on TV.
For the neignborhod niche market, Maldini's is well worth a try. It's on our radar for repeat visits and should be on yours too.
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