NOT CELIAC FRIENDLY! We've been there many times and really liked the food (based on food it gets more than one star, but this a gluten free review). Unfortunately the last two times we've been there the gluten free meals have been contaminated with non-gluten free pasta (it's a different pasta shape so it is obvious)!! That can make people with celiac ill. They claimed to have spoken to the people behind the scenes after the first time it happened, but it happened again. They gave us our take-home meal but we gave that to a family member because we can't trust that is gluten free. Not sure what they can do to make us believe that they are serious about being gluten free. Not worth the risk!
Staff are very knowledgeable about celiac. One of our favorite places to go. Chef or manager will come out to the table if they know that you have celiac to explain the menu options and how the food is prepared. Food is great also and you can get enough to take home for the next day.
As mentioned in other reviews, the chef comes out to talk to you about the GF options and to make sure you are comfortable with how your food is being prepared. I've never had issues eating here except that I over eat and complain about being overstuffed... It's the "good" kind of bloating! ;-) This is one of the only places I will add "celiac friendly" to the rating.
I am sitting at Maggianos as I write this review because they absolutely deserve it. I came to eat here mid day and the chef himself came to my table to talk to me about my options and the pasta and my mom and I both had (both gluten free but different dishes) was by far the best gluten free pasta I have ever had whether at home or I'm a restaurant. They care about allergies and made sure I was satisfied and I am leaving full with leftovers I can't wait to eat later.
Great food and the server I had was very aware of celiacs/gluten intolerant diet.
person who cooks your food comes out to review options with you and takes notes on your needs. my son has celiac, and they graciously accommodated his picky kid taste buds, as well as his dietary needs. he devoured the gf pasta, and I had some too. it was quite tasty and had a nice mouth feel. great dining option! we'll be back again and again!
Today I found a hidden gem of the gluten free foodie world. My best friend and blogger – Sara Wyen of Words To Run By went with me to the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio today. We were excited to see all the fun, new gluten free goodies with all the vendors. Another blog post coming soon on that… While we were there, Maggiano’s Little Italy chef Karl Lenz was there speaking and doing a gluten free demo. Well, I knew exactly where the Maggiano’s Kenwood was located and we zipped on over there for lunch. I am so glad we did. Upon entering the restaurant, I asked for the gluten free menu. They explained rather than having a gluten free menu, the Assistant Manager would come out and explain the gluten free options and ensure my meal was allergy safe. Matthew Powell, the Assistant General Manager came over to the table after our waiter quickly brought us drinks and very thoroughly explained how 90% of their menu items can be made into gluten free dishes. He walked me through the menu and made sure I was clear on food preparation, ingredients and options for celiac disease. This was the most gluten friendly and celiac aware place I’ve been to yet. 90% of their menu items could be made gluten free – surely it wasn’t so. This place isn’t on any of the safe lists or gluten free places to eat. Oh boy, did they knock my socks off. I decided to try their corn pasta. It. Was. Amazing. Gluten Free Corn Pasta Maggiano’s Sara and I ended up sharing a meal because it was really big. You know what the best part was? They have several menu items that you can get a to go item FREE if you order from the list. Yup – I got 2 meals for the price of one. 1 being a gluten free specialty menu item – without paying extra. Our entire lunch with the meal, Cesar salad for Sara and 2 iced teas was $24. Can you tell we didn’t like it? Just kidding. Matthew even came out after the meal and ensured everything was ok and up to my gluten free liking! Of course I explained. The chef that was doing the demo at the Celiac Awareness Tour, Karl Lenz – was back before we finished lunch and he even came out to welcome us and explain their cooking methods and showed me their pastas! Maggiano’s Corn Pasta I felt completely safe eating here, had no stomach ailments after my meal and will certainly make this a go to spot when we are in Cincinnati. The manager, chef and waiter all made me feel comfortable and took care of me the way a restaurant should with people suffering from food allergies. We already have a big enough burden of having this food allergy, we shouldn’t have to feel like one while eating out.
Amazing food, great service. My only complaint is that they don't have GF bread!:(
Absolutely wonderful. Very good meal, waitress was attentive, house made chips were given in place of bread. I had lobster carbonara- just spectacular.
So delicious and our server Kristy was very kind and didn't make me feel like too much trouble. All of their sauces are gluten free and they have penne pasta that's gluten free. We also ordered the [super delicious] spinach artichoke dip gluten free. I was ridiculously impressed
I will say we really enjoyed our meal. We did the family style dinning with our daughters and were inundated with great gf food. Sausage and peppers, mussels, pasta and creme brûlée. My only disappointment was with being slightly misled. We called ahead to see what was gf and were told they can make anything gf. So we planned our meal, but the skeptic in me also made a second string menu...good thing I did. Mozzarella sticks? No. Raviolis? No. Lasagna? No. They have a gf penne and can put any of their sauces on it. So we had 3 different sauces on the penne and a chicken dish and were good to go. We were absolutely stuffed and my daughter had no issues so it was a success.
Chef came out to talk to me about our options. Very accommodating and knowledgable about cross contamination. Very pleased.
We ate there last night. The chef did NOT come out to our table. My husband ordered the veal marsala. We were told the sauce would be gluten-free. Well something was NOT gluten-free. He woke up around 3 this morning with stomach pains. We will NEVER go back there again. I am changing my review. I gave feedback on Maggiano's website Sunday night and a manager called us the next day!
I would have given it a 5 if I hadn't gotten sick the last 2 times I ate there. Until then it was always great.
Fabulous. The female manager was very reassuring and accommodating. She had the chef come to our table and talk to me. He was wonderful. My salad and gfree ravioli was delicious and best of all, I did not have a reaction! I will be back. The chef told me that I could have ice cream or Creme brûlée for dessert. I was too full to partake.
I've eaten here three times this last time they were just as careful taking my order. It was really good, but I noticed I was having a reaction. There was a piece of regular pasta stuck to the bottom of my plate. It looked like they didn't clean the plate very well. They didn't charge me, but it took for ever to get everyone their check and by then I was miserable.
The manager came to our table to take our Celiac order separate from the rest. They have GF penne pasta that they can make with almost any sauce. They boil s fresh pot of water and have separate cooking utensils. They can cook fish / chicken without breading. They do NOT have GF bread yet. They have GF creme brûlée and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
My mom and I are both gluten free and brought our whole family including my grandmother visiting from Italy here. The chefs were accommodating and so nice to come out and tell what the best gluten free options are. Whole family was impressed with my and my moms meal! Best part was my grandmother because usually she is an italian food snob but she gave this place 2 thumbs up INCLUDING my gluten free Lobster Catbonara! Gluten free pasta cooked to perfection
A favorite for my family, and not too expensive if you order from the pasta section. Not many issues here, but one time we found spaghetti in my brother's gf pasta. They were nice about it, they apologized and gave us a new order (free of course), but it's also very concerning that the food could get contaminated so easily. We have gone back, and we haven't had any issues since.
I am celiac and did not get sick. A staff person came to our table and confirmed my gluten free order and assured me it was being taken care of. We got a ceaser salad with the croutons on the side for my gluten eating companions and I enjoyed the gf penne with meat sauce as well as creme brûlée for dessert.
Amazing gluten free ravioli!!!!! All was terrific
Gluten free ravioli 's were delicious. Waiter brought out a creme brulé for my birthday since I couldn't have the lemon cookies.
Delicious GF pasta! I haven't eaten pasta in over a year.
Home-made gf pasta, terrific Caesar salad, upbeat staff. This is a winner every time I travel in on business.
Although they do not have many for options for people who have celiac disease, the chef comes out and speaks to you if you have special requests. I always get the GF pasta with sauce. Their pasta tastes great.
They have GF pasta which can be substituted in any dish and all of their sauces are thickened corn starch so they are all GF. They also have GF appetizers and cream brûlée for dessert. Probably one of the best menus in terms of options I have come across.
My absolute favorite in the area. Only place I know of that offers gluten free rolls! They're from a local gf bakery and are INCREDIBLY delicious! I'd go there just based on the premise that they offer gluten free rolls like they do regular ones, and at no extra charge! I've only ever had one issue there, and it was for a take out order where they accidentally didn't mark my order as GF but luckily I was familiar enough with the dish because I get the same one all the time (rigatoni D), that I could tell it wasn't the right pasta. So I called them and they had someone deliver the right order to me! So nice. And the creme brûlée is amazing as well.
Got gluten full pasta when gluten free was ordered. My son was sick all night as a result. Waitstaff seem very under trained and did not have a clear understanding of what was GF. And what was not. Staff turns over so I wanted the next celiac customer to avoid this problem.
Chef came out to customize my pasta order. I am both gluten and dairy-free, and ordered marinara sauce with mushrooms, spinach and herbs. The pasta is 100% corn. It's great that they do not upcharge for GF, and the pasta portion is big and delicious. For more information, check out my blog here: http://www.eatingoutwithout.com/2015/03/maggianos-little-italy-review.html
Chef was so accommodating! Personally came out multiple times to take my order, as well as confirm my gluten free needs. Baked ziti, fettuccini Alfredo, Italian salad, and vanilla ice cream have all been excellent gluten free options! Would highly recommend.
It seems like they are unsure how to accommodate guests with gf and df diets. Even though the chef came out to take the order, I still got sick. I ordered the gf and df seafood pasta (forgot the exact name); they forgo the taste for accommodating to the special diet, so it tasted eh. Maybe it was the dish, maybe it was the cook, but I wouldn't go back again.
Was not impressed by this Maggiano's in Houston. The waitress did not have the chef come to my table, which has always been done at their other locations. She said they were "in a thing.". If they were in a thing, then who was cooking?! I should have left at that point but I didn't have any other options nearby, as I was on foot. Waitress was horrible. I asked twice for a straw & never got it, and the restaurant was empty! Food came out wrong and was completely bland & tasteless. Won't be going back to this location ever.
Great restaurant now has serious commitment to gluten-free customers! They have made a corporate move to gluten-free as the default for most dishes; they even make four kinds of gluten-free pastas fresh in the kitchen! All of their sauces and salad readings are gluten-free and the chef comes out to make sure they take care of you. Only ore-made things like lasagna are off-limits. Finally, a restaurant that gets it!Great food, great service and good value makes this at the very least a go-to place for special occasions. Mangia!
Very friendly - the chef came out and took the order and saw it all the way through. They make everything from scratch and delicious! A great place for a special evening.
Worth the trip for the gluten free rolls!
Amazing food and excellent service! They do not have a separate GF menu, but they have GF penne to substitute with any dish! When you let your waiter know you have an allergy, the Chef personally comes to your table for you to place your order! Creme Brûlée is also GF (but not dairy-free), you can eat here without any worry of getting sick! Definitely worth a visit!
Wheat flour based fettuccini was mixed in with my GF penne pasta. I caught it before eating too much, but I still got sick. After bringing the issue to our waiter's attention the manager stopped by. The manager told me I should've asked for her because she knows the GF procedures. Perhaps they should put on the menu :p. Regardless they clearly aren't careful with food prep and definitely don't have a GF separate pasta draining/storage area. No GF specific menu. Eating here isn't worth the risk.
So many GF options, and a great deal to get the 2-person meal with 2 extra pastas to go. All the sauces are GF. Sub GF penne into almost anything. Chopped salad delicious, creme brulee awesome. Pasta was eh, kinda bland. Probably my fault ordering the "light" version of something alfredo. Didn't really like the texture of the penne either.
Great food. They don't really have a gf menu. However, it is true that they can make GF many things on the regular menu. Big exception:they have no gf breads AT All. The pasta we had was excellent. The only gf dessert was creme burlee which was also delicious. I would go back.
Chef will come to table for allergies, just ask your server. Many options including pasta. Great food and great service!
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