Date: July 29, 2010
It's been a very long time since my last visit to this Italian-American restaurant. I couldn't even remember what I had. Anyways, we were thirty minutes early for our 7:30pm reservation but they graciously seated us after a just a few minutes of waiting. Their waiting area has an ample space and seats so there were no inconvenience at all.
Right after we were seated, my hubby said, "Happy anniversary!". How can I forget! It's one day early but yeah, it's our second year of marriage. How time flies!
After spending a few minutes on their big-size dinner menus, by the way, do you notice how most expensive restaurants have this big size menus? It's like the bigger and heavier their menus, the classier they are. So, after spending a few minutes browsing these menus, for appetizers, as crab cake lovers, we couldn't resist but order this. They are priced at $12.75. They came in two medium-sized lumps, topped with crisp onion rings and served with a side of mustard sauce. They were superb (well, for the price, they should be)! They're soft and very tasty. You don't actually need the sauce to get more flavor.
For the main course, I ordered the Balsamic-glazed salmon ($17.95) served with Mediterranean orzo with pine nuts. The aroma of the first slice of salmon is appetizing! The temperature was hot not warm. This is my first time to eat Mediterranean orzo. It looks like a different kind of rice and tastes like pasta, of course! It's a rice-shaped pasta! I find it kinda weird. I guess, it takes getting used to. It's like I keep on expecting the taste of rice and couldn't get it. Funny! Italian servings are huge and so does this one. The dishes on my photos may look small but they are really more than satisfying.
Luckily, the taste of my sweet red sangria ($7) complimented with the dish. I like their red sangria which came with a slice of orange and cherry.
DH had the Medallions of beef ($22.50) served with a delicious roasted garlic mashed potatoes (one of the best tasting mashed potatoes I've had) and a portabella mushroom sauce.
DH paired it with Maggiano's signature wine ($7), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. DH loved it!
Unfortunately, the service was mediocre for this type of restaurant. Our server didn't mention the specials which the other server did on the other table. She didn't come back to check on us after serving the main courses. We may have come during a busy time but we should be given the service that we deserve.
Nevertheless, we enjoyed our anniversary celebration. It's the special person that you're spending your dinner with is ultimately what really matters.