Tampa >Food & Dining > Maggiano's Little Italy
203 Westshore Plz, Tampa, FL | Directions 3360927.945361 -82.527227
Su-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-11
Excellent – Expensive, but the food is incredible. I really enjoy the calamari, salmon, and tiramisu.
good food, huge portions – Good Food, and huge portions, but not cheap. Better deals elsewhere, but nice fancy place to go once in a while.
all you want - "IF" you can get them to bring it – Loved that the restaurant was in Westshore Mall Shopping Center. 8 of us arrived about 2pm ona Sunday.... not overly busy and we did not wait more than a few minutes.
Everything was clean & water glasses were refilled very quickly.
The food was somewhat greasy and any vegetable was more like a garnishment rather than part of a meal.
The menu describes unending plates of food until you are satisfied....the only problem was getting the waiters to actually Bring More Food.
I guess the restaurant figures that if they wait long enough to bring a second serving, you'll fill up on water??
Had 8 people at our table - 1st servings not enough to get a decent portion. FINALLY...2nd serving of only 1 item came (then it had only 2 pieces of chicken (for 8 people...what are they thinking????). We cut the 2 pieces of chicken into little pieces and shared & were all still hungry and once again waiting.
Without even checking with us the staff decided to serve desert....WAIT.. We wanted More Entree. Too bad for us.
Desert was not enough for 8 people. It consisted of 2 thin slices of the best cake I've ever had...and 2 apple tarts.
We shared....hoped for more - that never came.
In the end.... sadly, we were all still hungry.
We all agreed that Maggianos is way over rated and we would NOT be back. P.F.Changs next door looked inviting.
Good Italian Food – Overall, very nice atmosphere and good food. The portions were large and the drinks heavy-handed! The room was a little loud, but I guess that's to be expected during season.
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.
Tasty! – Hadn't been to Maggiano's in a couple of years! I must say, the delightful experience that I'd had in the past still holds true with my recent visit. Since we had a good sized group of 8 people, I phoned ahead for reservations. We were celebrating a family member's birthday and also had out of town guests along. When we arrived, we found that the reservation was recorded under the wrong date and time. Needless to say, I was a bit distressed as I was positive I clearly stated the date and time of my reservation request. Let me also mention that there were several local proms going on that particular night and the place was standing room only! I was sure we'd either be turned away or have to wait for hours to be seated. I was pleasantly surprised when the manager came over and apologized for the error with the reservation and said that we'd have a table shortly. Within minutes we were seated at a very comfortable table and promptly greeted by our server. The rest of the evening was just as delightful! We opted for the family style meal. Making two selections in each category. The food was wonderful! Very flavorful, fresh and promptly served. All in all, what could have turned out to be a very disappointing birthday celebration, turned out positively memorable! Thank you Maggiano's!!! If you've not visited in a while or never visited, make a point to do it soon! I would suggest reservations though!
Not what we expected – We had dinner there on Wednesday night. The restaurant was crowded with a forty minute wait; the hostess suggested we sit at a high-top by the bar. We accepted and that was a bad decision. We were seated by the restroom where there was much traffic. It was cold and when we complained about the open rear door, we were told that it had to be kept open (outside temp was 60).
The service was spotty. Either you were hovered over by the waitress or she was not there.
The food was not up to par. Either they are a class Italian restaurant or they are not.
The bread was OK and served with olive oil. The appetizers were OK but the Calamari was excellent (tender, fresh and tasty.) The soups were OK. The Lasagna was served hot but dry; it needed way more sauce in order for it to be palatable. The Veal Ravioli was inedible with a weird topping. The Eggplant Parmigiana was OK. We drank but skipped desert in order to avoid another disappointment.
The tab: $100.00+ for two. Not worth it!
Final comment: An Italian restaurant ought to take pride in their sauces and gravies. At Maggiano?s the sauces compare to a good supermarket sauce sold in a jar.
Extremely overrated – I had heard excellent reviews about Maggianos and was anxious to try it for myself. I am sorely disappointed. I just wasted $100. The portions are huge but if you aren't a really big eater, they are not worth the money. It is $25 a person. I didn't eat even close to $25 worth of food. And the food wasn't great. The bread was hard and cold. The main courses were okay but I could make better food. The food was room temperature. The service was horrendous. The waiter acted like everything we asked for was a huge inconvenience. And they are rushing you out the door the moment you come in. It is family style and the dishes are all you can eat. But they don't give you much chance. They are clearing the food after 5 minutes. They don't have a wine list and their prices are outrageous. (probably why they don't have a list) I will never go to this restaurant again. If you want good italian food, excellent service, and a nice location, you are much better off going to Villa Gallache in Indian Rocks Beach. (No, I don't work for them, I just really like their food.)
Yummy food in my tummy!!!! – This is food was great. I ALWAYS get the angel hair pasta and would say it is the best I have ever had.
I don't live in Tampa, but whenever I am there I try to make it there. However, make a reservation because they are ALWAYS busy!!!!
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