Tampa >Maggiano's Little Italy
Great Food, Horrible Service. Maggiano's has awesome Italian food, conveniently located in Westshore Plaza Mall. Portions are large and great when reheated. Unfortunatley, the service leaves much to be desired. I often have lunch there (one of my boss's faves) & find that the wait staff often forgets that they have tables until it's time to pay.
My favorite in Tampa Bay!. Yummy!!! Everything on the menu is great. As a result, there is always a wait. It's a little pricey but it's soooo worth it.
TAKING DINNING TO A NEW EXTREME. Maggiano's i feel was a high class, top-end dinner spot located conveniently in a mall parking lot. Just because I say high class does not mean suit and tie, jeans and a nice shirt work just as well! Though the atmosphere of a "parking lot" may throw you off, the elegance of this restaurant is more prestigeous then you may think! My first time experiencing this food was extraordinary! One large BOWL of speghetti is more then enough to feed an entire family, at least 3 people! The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding, i would definitely recommend this restaurant to ANYONE!
Best Italian Outside of Little Italy NYC. I cannot sing the praises of Maggiano's enough. Every time I go to Tampa I go here. The atmosphere has been great for business (first visit was on a business trip) and pleasure (I took my fiance the day we got engaged - very romantic). The food is fabulous. My favorite is the eggplant parmesean. The chocolate cake is to die for (it took the two of us 3 days to eat). I wish there was one closer to home (Orlando), but I will gladly drive to Tampa just for dinner! Five Stars!
What a Joke. This is Italian food for Southerners who don't know good Italian food. The food was below average and they didn't have romano cheese to add to your meal. The service was horrible. I did however enjoy the cheesy piano lounge singer. She looked like she was ready to go if anyone is looking for a decent looking older woman
Great food, atmosphere!. I absolutely love Italian food and for that reason I love Maggiano's. You receive healthy portions and great, friendly service. It may get a little pricey depending on what you order, but for the wonderful atmosphere and great food, its worth it. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended (wait is usually 30min. - 1 hr. w/out one!).
Hard to beat for the price.
I love dining here with a group because the family style meals are hard to beat. It is the ONLY all-you-can-eat place that actually allows you to leave the place with the food you can't finish. That said, it wouldn't be worthwhile if the food wasn't good, and it IS good!
It is family friendly, for sure. Romantic? Can be, but that may depend upon where you are seated and possibly upon the time of day. I would probably scout out and request a table location if looking for a more secluded, romantic evening.
I like that even when very busy, the noise level seems managable. And eating outside is lovely when weather permits.
From the fabulous bar to the Victorian decor, Maggiano's is a hit. The food comes in ridiculous portions, order 1/2 orders for 2! Doggie bags are alluminum containers in paper shopping bags (yes Virginia, there IS that much food) with reheating instructions printed on the lids!
The family-style dinners (4 or more) have endless food. Finish a platter and they'll bring more! But a quartet cannot finish all that food!
Service is almost lightening-quick. Cocktails are well made. A piano player lends additional ambiance to the bar. Can't get a reservation (very popular place)? Then get a table in the bar.
Meeting rooms ooze atmosphere and come in many sizes with full bar set-ups. Marvelous place for any size group!
Try it, you'll love it!
Finally some REAL ITALIAN. Forget the olive, forget carrabas, this place has got some great Italian food,, period! The ambience is very comfortable and the service is brilliant. From the thick marinara sauce to the pounded veal you just can't go wrong, especially since it is owned by a chain just like your Carrabas and Olive Garden. Those guys cannot touch this little shin-dig by a long shot. :)
Big Italy. This is a very nice place to eat and enjoy some entertainment from a good singer and piano player, the cost is not as much as it possibly could be, you can actully split a meal of beef meadions that melt in your mouth w/fantastic mashed potatoes and a great gravy w/mushrums/oinions, plus choice of breads and oils w/spices to suite your taste
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