Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Veni, Vidi, ITIS...I came, I saw, I need a nap. (Maggiano's Little Italy)

Chicken Pesto Linguini

  I would love to have spent this entire month eating pasta at the 'holy trinity' of Vetri, Osteria , and Amis, but there are a few problems with that. First there is the idea that I would be missing out on some hidden gems and second the average person does not only eat at those restaurants. I ran into a lot of people, a wall of people in fact already on a wait list while just a short half hour into being open at Maggiano's Little Italy.    
    Maggiano's is everything I expected. It is a large restaurant that does what it does well. I quickly see why the lines are large, the large portions are the draw. My Chicken Pesto Linguine was huge even by Skinny Fat Kid standards. Even if it had not been my second pasta for lunch that day, it may have done me in. The biggest problem however was not the size, it was the flavor. Flat is probably the best way to describe it. There is nothing about this dish that tasted as if there was any amount of love put into it. It just served as a reminder of why I first wanted to make my own pasta. I hope I have better luck in South Philly and the Italian Market.

The Skinny Fat Kid

Maggiano's Little Italy
1201 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 567-2020


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