The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

June 16, 2016

Alexis’ Send-off Party to Paris

Alexis’ Send-off Party to Paris

Alexis, 14
cancer
I wish to go to Paris

The Maggiano’s Scottsdale location went above and beyond to create an extraordinary party to honor Alexis and his wish being granted. Greeting Alexis, his family and friends was a large sign with his picture welcoming him to Maggiano’s. All of the serves donned Make-A-Wish t-shirts and buttons with Alexis’ photo on them.
The entire experience was wonderful for Alexis and his family. The staff decorated a private room that included balloons and a table covered with candy. The staff presented him with gifts which included a soccer jersey, which is his favorite sport, and even gave him a signed chef hat! The party ended with a custom soccer themed cake for him and his family to enjoy.

“This is such a special night for us, after all that Alexis has been through. We are grateful that we are able to celebrate here with family and friends, it means so much to us.” – Wish mom Yadira

We invite you to Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal or special occasion. We also invite you to share with us on Twitter and Instagram – share a picture of your Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish experience on Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #EatADish4MAW, we will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish through June 29, 2016 – up to $25,000! Join our E-club, follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more chef tips, recipes and ideas.

Between 7/3/15 – 1/31/2016, Maggiano’s Little Italy will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish from each select menu item, 50¢ per lemonade, and 100% of each Star Card sale, with a minimum guarantee of $500,000 from all in-restaurant promotions. For more information, visit wish.org

June 14, 2016

3 Perfect, Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

3 Perfect, Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is this Sunday! If you’re still hunting for the best gift for dad (who probably has everything, right?), try one of these three from-the-heart ideas:

1.  As we often say, Dad’s are much easier to feed than shop for. Here’s a recipe for every type of dad. Or you could just let us do all the work for you this weekend. Make reservations today or call your Maggiano's Delivery team so we can bring the best of Little Italy to dad.

2. Does dad like to imbibe from time to time? Be his personal bartender for the day or create a boozy gift basket with these cocktail ingredients and recipes.

3. Instead of a tie or mug, give the gift of an experience. Gift cards to his top places and spaces just may make you the favorite!

We invite you to Maggiano’s Little Italy this Father's Day. We also invite you to share with us on Twitter and Instagram – share a picture of your Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish experience on Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #EataDish4MAW, we will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish through June 29, 2016 – up to $25,000! Join our E-club, follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more chef tips, recipes and ideas.

June 9, 2016

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Have you ever wondered how bruschetta, demi glace, or fritté are really pronounced? Did you ask who or what the “D” is in Our Famous Rigatoni “D®?” Well, we asked the questions for you and we have answers. Welcome to everything you wanted to know about Maggiano’s food but were too shy to ask.   

Q:  What’s the difference between gelato and ice cream?
A: Gelato, also known as ice cream’s Italian cousin, is churned at a slower rate with less air incorporated. This gives gelato its denser, smoother, creamier texture.

Q: How do you say bruschetta?
A: It is pronounced, brew-sket-uh. It’s up to you how much you want to emphasize that t.

Q: Isn’t aioli just another name for mayonnaise?
A: Pretty much, but they are made differently. Aioli actually means oil and garlic. The main difference is that aioli always has garlic and usually olive oil. It is so good on fish, meats, and veggies that we pair it with our Crispy Zucchini Fritté and Calamari Fritté.

Q: What are the best cuts of beef?
A: In Chef Josh’s opinion, he’s all about the filet, ribeye, prime rib, and Denver cut.

Q: What are the ingredients that go into Maggiano’s meatballs
A: Beef, butter, garlic, Italian breadcrumbs, Italian cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper.

Q: What kinds of tomatoes are used in Maggiano’s sauces?
A: Plum tomatoes. They’re an Italian variety and are great for cooking.

Q: Is it proper etiquette to use a spoon with spaghetti?
A: There are several opinions about this, but if you'd like to do as the Italians do, spoons and pasta only go together if the pasta is in a soup or broth. You can use the side of your plate to twirl spaghetti onto your fork.

Q: What makes something gluten free?
A: Foods that do not contain proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale are considered gluten free. You can always let your server know if you have any dietary restrictions, and our Chef’s will create a dish just for you.

What foodie questions do you have? Keep the questions coming and we’ll keep adding to the list! Join our E-club, follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more chef tips, recipes and ideas.

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