Durham >Food & Dining > Maggiano's Little Italy
8030 Renaissance Pkwy Ste 890, Durham, NC | Directions 2771335.904728 -78.942218
Mon. - Thu. 10am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 10am - 11pm;Sun. 10:30am - 10pm
Phenomenal!!! – Amazing food. Highly recommended. We went for our anniversary and were treated with the upmost kindness and generosity. We felt like special customers, and our food was exquisite!!!
We are going to make it our new tradition to go there every anniversary :)
Eat the cheese raviolis!
Good food AND service! – My husband and I went here for the second time last night and were once again very happy with the entire experience. We were seated promptly (there is sometimes a wait on Fri and Sat) by a very courteous hostess and our waitress Melanie came right over. Melanie was not only attentive, she was just such a pleasure, we really enjoyed that she was our waitress (we had a similar experience before). She really personalized the experience for us.
The food was up quickly, and was of good quality. We had the tomato and mozzarella, the spinach salad, the shrimp and linguine with garlic sauce and the Angel Hair with pomodoro sauce. We've also had the mussels. All were fabulous, perfectly cooked and fresh. My husband had the creme brule and I had the cheesecake, also both fantastic, complete with fresh berries and fruit sauce and real whipped cream. No canned fruit compote! We enjoyed it all. I consider myself pretty picky when it comes to italian food and for a chain rest. this place is surprisingly good! The family style dining might be a great option for a larger party, it may seem steep at $25 pp but you get 5 courses and have a wide selection of foods to choose from. I will say they need to expand the entrees for family style or adjust the pricing because most require and extra charge per person of $2-$5 (things like salmon, veal and beef tenderloin).
The food portions are huge, and you will have plenty of food if you order a half portion We ordered half portions and we each took home more than half of our entree and the cheesecake. The desserts are large and perfect for sharing. They also have a nice selection of after dinner drinks. Live music that is not too loud or overwhelming is a nice touch and the rest. portion is smoke free. There is smoking in the bar, they seem to have a good ventilation system because you can't tell.
We'll keep going here, especially when we want a nicer sit down meal with a little ambiance.
Big eaters rejoice! – We've eaten at Maggiano's several times and have always loved the food. The portions are big, and when you eat family style, the food just won't stop coming. Having the minimum group of 4 people is perfect for family style because everyone gets to choose a couple of favorites without a lot of negotiation. I can't believe they let you take leftovers when you order family style. We usually get at least two more meals out of that! When just my husband and I go, we usually split a salad, meal, and dessert and get plenty to eat for not a bad price. Of my approximately 20 trips there, I have only had poor service once. I was with girlfriends on a Sunday afternoon, and the server did not seem to want to be there. It wasn't nearly as busy as it can be, but he was slow and resented being asked for anything. The only thing I don't like is that the tables downstairs are way too close together. A lot of big groups eat there, and it is easy to get trapped (not easily able to cut a path to the restroom) or just claustrophobic with your chair practically touching someone else's.
Family-friendly restaurant serves up enormous portions of southern Italian favorites in a nostalgic setting. – In Short
Family-style portions and red-checkered tablecloths create a casual, congenial vibe, drawing families and large groups to this feast of Italian-American nostalgia set to a Sinatra soundtrack. The made-from-scratch menu is brimming with traditional dishes, from starters like fried calamari, Parmesan garlic bread and Tuscan-style mussels to spaghetti with meatballs and manicotti with chicken and spinach. For those with room to spare, a piece of sweet tiramisu and a strong cappuccino help finish the meal.
Good Italian food! – I made reservations for v-day for 9:30pm and when we got to Maggiano's, it was was packed. They said that we were gonna have to wait which sucked because whats the point of making a reservation when you don't even get to be seated for that time. We ended up waiting 20 mins past our reservation time with no were to sit and wait because it was really crowded. The food made up for it tho. By the time we sat down, we were starving and we wanted some good food. The fried cheese we ordered was so good and my main course was really good. The place was really nice too. Our waiter was nice as well.
NOT ALL THAT IT WAS MADE UP TO BE – I've heard nothing but great things about Maggios and soo when my in laws come in from FL I thought it would be a great idea to finally experience the greatness and enjoy a good dinner with them and my family (12 of us altogether).. we did it all from A-Z made the reservatation ahead of time.. got there early.. .got a great seat!! and when the time came to see the menu!! well I was not really impressed.. first off who charges $25.00 per person for family style and then an additional $2-5 dollars additional for veal or shirmp!!! with that,we opted for the al la carte menu and ordered.. well about 1 1/2 later we were still waiting for our meals and when it finally came ,it was not good at all!! The pasta was really hard.. garlic powder was used instead of fresh garlic..mushrooms tasted funny as if canned .. just not as soo upper class it was all made out to be!! Very disappointed.. :( we're from NY and know that there is no comparision when it come to food but Red Robin was another place we took our in-laws and they rated that the best place they ate during their visit!! WOW!!
Love the theme, crowded on most nights (obviously) – I've been to maggiano's in durham several times and at several different times during the week. I love love love the food there, especially the veal and mushroom ravioli and surprisingly, there steaks were wonderful as well. Service is good, and highly attentive as long as you go to the restaurant during the non-busy times (i.e. weekday afternoons and early weekend days). I would recommend this restaurant to most everybody, if not for the decor; but for the food--it truely is wonderful.
avoid dinner hours and weekend lunch – I used to frequent the Maggiano's location in Denver when I lived there. I was excited to see that Soutpoint also had a location. I have gone on numerous occasions, and the food is great. "Rigatoni D" is one of my favorites, and they have great salads. (I always get the 1/2 order when available and have some leftover for lunch the next day.) My husband and I have boycotted their dinner service, however. On several occasions, we have observed inattentive and unconcerned host staff. It is impossible to have a pleasant experience waiting for a table there. The bar/waiting area is often standing-room only, and it is difficult to sit down, get a drink, or even get out of the way of off-road strollers. I had been employed as a hostess during college, and I am constantly amazed as I watch the staff at the Southpoint Maggiano's greet patrons with a blank stare and stand around as tables become available. I understand that often times tables are being held for larger parties or to keep servers from becoming overwhelmed, but not that often. The host staff acts as if they are doing you a favor letting you eat there. If you go, go during less busy times where your contact with the front podium will be minimized.
ok food but smoky in dining area – Went on Saturday with my family, first time at the restaurant. We were promptly seated in the non-smoking dinner area, the food was alright - my pasta was fairly overcooked but it still had a good taste to the sauce. Service was ok, altho the waitress refilled unsweet tea with sweet tea. What really ruined it for me though was the fact that the tobacco smoke was thick in the dining area. Ok, you're allowed to smoke by the bar but why make the effort to have a non-smoking section if you're going to have all the smoke float over to the dining area? Their baby changing station in the ladies room was also incredibly crammed - it's inside a bathroom stall, I guess the thought is you can close the door for privacy, but they didn't leave you nearly enough space to actually be able to.
It certainly isn't Olive Garden... – It actually has good food.
Maggiano's is certainly not your typical North Carolina Italian Restaurant. The tomato sauce isn't made with ketchup and the dishes are more than pizza or spaghetti and meatballs.
Maggiano's Little Italy, simply put, has the best Italian food you're going to get outside of the real Little Italy (or what's left of it). The food is incredible. The food is authentic. The drink list is extensive. The atmosphere is nice. Yes, it's loud, so is every other restaurant you'll ever go to.
People seem to be complaining an awful lot about the wait and then they go on to say the food isn't good. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if you have to wait 45 minutes for a table on a Wednesday afternoon at 4:00, there's a reason for that - the food is fantastic.
If paying $15 for Spaghetti-o's is more your style, go to Olive Garden or any of the other numerous Italian restaurants in the Triangle. If you want to pay $15 for an authentic Italian meal, your best option is Maggiano's Little Italy.
Considering I'm from New York, it's hard for me to admit that there's actually a restaurant, let alone a chain, in Durham, NC that can rival the Italian I could get back home. But when something is this good, I can't do anything but admit it.
If you're interested in eating at Maggiano's, I would suggest making a reservation a week or so in advance. They get booked quickly.
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