Friday, March 24, 2017

First Taste, Brunch at Maggiano's Little Italy



Brunch has grown into one of the most popular past times for foodies across the country, bringing people together over food and drink. Last weekend I was invited to a first look and taste of Maggiano's Little Italy's newest addition, brunch.  Maggiano's felt it was only right to provide a brunch menu to their guests nationwide. Their new menu with feature classic brunch dishes with a little Italian flair. The team invited me, along with some of my peers to try their new menu items. 


Chef Verain after his cooking demonstration. Pictured with freshly made Lemon Riccota Pancakes.

We started the morning with some brunch cocktails, I opting to have their frozen peach Bellini. Once sat down, we enjoyed their amuse bouche munching on their Orange Strussel cupcake, which was then followed by the rest of the menu and a cooking demonstration. Chef Philippe Verain's gave a simple demonstration on how to cook the perfect Lemon Ricotta pancakes, while we mingled and drank the day away. 

The demonstration was followed by plates of the crab cake and meatball Hollandaise, which had our whole table voting in on their favorite(Crab Cake or bust!). Then, we experienced their family style dining enjoying the Ricotta pancakes which we watched Chef Verain make, their Frittata and their "to literally die for" French toast that will leave your mouth screaming " we want more, we want more!"


Peach Bellini

Orange Strussel cupcake

Crab Cake Benedicts: Jump lump crab cakes on english muffin, topped with poached egg and hollandaise sauce. If I had to pick, I would order this one!

Meatball Benedict: English muffin topped with meatball, poached egg, oven-dried tomato, and hollandaise sauce. It's a decent dish if you love meatballs, but I'm picky when it comes to meatballs so it wasn't my fave.

Creme Brulee French Toast: Cranberry raisin Focaccia, topped with strawberries, with mapple syrup and a side of Neuske bacon. Their use of the cranberry raisin focaccia makes this dish incredible. My most recommended dish on the menu!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes: The fluffy, cream pancakes are topped with whipped cream, maple syrup and blueberries. The pancakes had a cake like creaminess to them, you don't even need syrup!

Vegetable Frittata: Shiitake mushrooms, spinach, Roma tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, with a side of crispy Yukon potatoes. Second favorite, once you bite into all the ingredients in the middle, you'll know what I mean.

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