The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

September 8, 2014

Great food is why we exist. So when our chefs decided to create lighter versions of our Italian classics without reducing portions, they approached the challenge the same way they always do. They started cooking. They experimented with new ingredients and new techniques until they found flavors that satisfy even the toughest critics.

We didn’t debut Lighter Take dishes at a Maggiano’s. Instead, we staged the opening of an independent restaurant in the downtown Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park, just blocks from the very first Maggiano’s. We wanted to get an honest reaction to the menu without our name tied to it. See what guests said:


Join us at to see how we proved to ourselves that the Lighter Take menu lives up to the name Maggiano’s — guaranteed to satisfy, or it’s on us! We look forward to introducing you to Lighter Take.

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