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“The family deal not much of a deal”

Maggiano's Little Italy
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Maggiano's Little Italy specializes in Italian-American cuisine served in a warm & friendly atmosphere. We are open daily for lunch & dinner, offer a convenient Carryout service as well as beautiful & accommodating Banquet space for every special occasion. Maggiano's menu features both classic & contemporary Italian-American recipes – homemade pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh fish, regular chef specials & specialty desserts, accompanied by a large selection of wines & specialty drinks. The food is made from scratch daily & served in a welcoming environment. Family style service or individual entrees are available.
Harrisburg, PA
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
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“The family deal not much of a deal”
Reviewed February 20, 2011

We just had a birthday lunch for 15 at Maggiano's. The family deal was a great deal for the restaurant, but I feel like I dined on nothing but cheese and pasta for nearly 50/person after drinks (no alcohol), tip and tax for LUNCH.. The bread was nothing special, the olive oil of average quality and the pasta was a basic brand available in every grocery store. There was absolutely nothing extraordinary about any of the dishes. We had fried mozzarella, calamari, the house salad, ceasar salad, fettucini alfredo, sausage/spaghetti, chicken parm and tirimisu and cheesecake for dessert. There were more interesting sounding choices on the menu, but with such a large group, it was difficult to find common ground, so the guest of honor chose the menu. The cheese ravioli was good, but again, it was similar to what I buy in the grocery store deli case. The salads were little more than dressed lettuce. Nothing was bad, but nothing was memorable either.
The atmosphere of the place could be quite elegant, but we were jammed like sardines in the center of the main dining room. The tables were so close that we couldn't move chairs out without disturbing our neighbors. The restrooms are on the second floor and the ladies room is completely inadequate for the amount of traffic. The line was long, the whole room stank and it was quite dirty from overuse -quite an appetite killer.
I am not at all anxious to return.

  • Visited February 2011
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Newark, DE
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Be ready to eat for the next 3 hours!”
Reviewed January 2, 2011

We did the family style which let you choose two appetizers, two salads, four entree's, & two desserts. Shared between 6 people all you can eat on your choices. $185 for all not bad. Food was not great by any means! Just a lot of it.

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Mechanicsburg, PA
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice Place - prepare to be there a while”
Reviewed October 30, 2010

This place had good food and a nice atmosphere. Wait staff was very pleasant - but the meal took almost 2 hours from start to finish, so be prepared to be there a while. This is heavy food to eat if out for a day of shopping at the mall, so keep that in mind.

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Tasty and big portion meals, worth the money”
Reviewed October 16, 2010

Everything here is good quality. There are two sizes for salad and pasta you can order. Since the portion is huge, half a salad and half pasta are enough for me and my husband. But full size is only $5 more so it's good value. If you want some left over to eat for the next meal, I would recommend the full size. Remember to reserve ahead because it's always busy.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Great Family Restaurant”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

My husband and I love this restaurant! whether you eat family style or a la carte you can't go wrong! the food is great and the service is awesome! I love the rigatoni D and my hubby likes the chicken parm.. If you like champagne try the Bellini!

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