This has been our go to place for drinks and appetizers since my celiac diagnosis. Kitchen and staff are very knowledgeable and there are a lot of dining options.
Fantastic!!!! You don't feel second class here.
Was there on a busy Saturday night about a week ago. The waitress was pretty good. She intercepted the breadbasket that was headed for our table and knew for sure of at least one gf dessert option without having to check. The gf pasta was fresh and went great with the red sauce and prosciutto wrapped chicken. All of their sauces are gf so that helps a great deal with cross contamination. Wish we had gotten just a bit more personal attention, but considering how busy they were that night, I was very pleased with the meal and the service.
I wish my experience was like the one the other reviews related. my waiter had no clue about GF options beyond substituting the pasta for a gluten free pasta. When the pasta came out it was ice cold and the pasta was hard as a rock. The waiter wasn't even apologetic. There are way better choices out there!!
Typical maggianos chef came out told me my options which were same always at this chain. Waiter didn't know Anything but chef came out and had same as always, good pasta nothing special
Chef came right out and told us how he would prepare our food. There is no gf menu. They tailor pretty much any meal to match your needs. This goes for any allergy. Wasn't a huge fan of the gf pasta though. This won't stop us from returning though. I will just try something without pasta.
After I order my gf meal the chef or maître d always comes over to ensure me all precautions are taken to prevent cross contamination. A nice touch and excellent food too.
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.
Had a wonderful meal here. They do not have a gf menu but the chef did come out and discuss my gf options. All of their sauces and salad dressings are gf and they have gf pasta that was very good. I had the chicken (gf breaded) Parmesan and it was wonderful. It is not very often you can find this on a gf menu. They had 2 gf dessert options which I did not try since my meal was plenty.
The chef personally came over to let me know that almost anything on the menu could be made gluten free. I was in heaven! Their sauce is already GF. The GF pasta also tasted amazing - not undercooked and hard like most GF pastas. My date thought it tasted better than his wheat pasta!
I have celiacs went to eat with co-workers, spoke to chef seemed very knowledgable and accommodating. When food arrived I was cautious as always ate 2 bites of my pasta and waited a bit to make certain it wasn't contaminated. When waiter came back to table I said one more time "these are gluten free right?" He said oh no those are regular noodles. So sorry let me get you the gluten free ones, I immediately started to cry. Was sick all night long from 2 bites! Big mistake will never go back to this place.
Great attention to my needs as GF. Two different chefs came out to talk to me and made sure I got what I needed. Impressed with made-from-scratch food and service. Unfortunately, the GF garlic rolls are no longer offered.
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!
My wife and I have been here twice both times the cook has vome yo our table explaining what items we could have on the menu and the way they are cooked. Both times we got the 4 meals for $40.00 which is very cheap. I liked the meat pasta and my wife likes Alfredo. I recommend this for those who are looking for a nice meal on a budget.
Love it! Gf Pasta is the best! Sunshine server is highly recommended.
Called them to inquire about the gluten free capability and the were quick to inform me how accommodating they are with GF issues, the chef come out to greet you personally to discuss what your needs are and what choices you have. Great food, gluten free pasta was my choice. They need some gluten free breads but still great experience. Bad thing...the take home pasta they give, covered in cheese, not sure what they were thinking since my original order was perfect...must have just ignored the allergy ticket.
I've been very happy with Maggiano's. The staff & chef are extremely knowledgeable of gluten and food handling for Celiac patrons. I ordered corn ziti with vegetables and a salad. They took extra care to ensure my health. I feel safe there and enjoy the atmosphere too. Highly recommended!
Very nice staff who are more than willing to make dishes gluten free. I actually ate my Thanksgiving dinner here with my family (it's my first major holiday having an official gluten intolerance diagnosis). I was super impressed and pleasantly surprised at the number of gluten free alternatives so I could still have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Nothing but praises for this place and the staff.
Sadly we had to give this location a one because of unfortunately being gluten'd. We have dined at another Maggiano's dozens of times with no incident and like mentioned below the chef would always come to our table. Here we had to ask and it didn't seem this is what they did, right off the bat I became nervous and sure enough I was feeling sick before we left to go home. We are new to Houston and sadly this location is a one and done for us. If you're Celiac I wouldn't recommend this location, sorry.
In the past I have loved Maggiano's. I'd seen on other reviews that the manager or chef comes out personally to speak with you. Granted, it was Friday night, but that did not happen. I told our waiter and he said ok. He proceeded to bring bread to the table and said nothing. I had to ask if it was regular or GF. Waiter said nothing about the menu just asked what we'd decided to order-we hadn't even ordered drinks yet. So finally I asked for some GF bread. They burned it once and the second time it came out frozen. Third try it came out after my meal. Dinner was good, a bit salty, but that's tolerable. I guess I was just a little disappointed. We'll go back, but I hope we don't have the same experience. Waiter was nice enough, just a little rushed I guess.
All of their sauces are gluten free so just about any pasta dish on the menu can be served with their gluten free penne.
By far one of the best gluten free experiences we had while in Chicago! They don't have a separate gluten free menu, but they can make almost any menu item with gluten free pasta. The chef came out to our table and helped me plan my meal. It was fantastic!! We actually ate here twice, because it was that wonderful!!
I rarely eat at chain restaurants, but I had a gift card so I gave it a try...what a colossal disappointment!!! The GF noodles were dry and chewy and there was barely any sauce! The red tomato and olive oil sauces were both bland. You do get a large quantity for your money, but extremely poor quality. The staff was fairly helpful about accommodating my needs, but this place is truly a sorry excuse for an Italian restaurant. If you want high quality GF Italian food at a reasonable price, check out Abrucis and Saucy Noodle Ristorante!
We've been here twice since my daughter was diagnosed celiac. The first time was great. They charged an extra $2 for gf pasta which was fine. The second time she ordered salmon with potatoes. She nearly finished the salmon when she noticed some orzo on the plate which was very difficult to see in the sauce. They had likely fixed it as usual (normally comes with orzo) and wiped it off when they realized the mistake. So when i brought it to their attention they comped the meal and brought her a nice dessert which she couldnt eat bc she was in the bathroom sick. Well she is sick as a dog now 8 hours later. I hope the cook who decided he could just wipe it off reads this. Sucks to suck.
This used to be my favorite restaurant until they went from corkscrew pasta that held its shape to the penne pasta that disintegrated...Loved the sauces however the last few times I went the pasta either broke apart and lost its shape or was dry and hard. Will NOT go back until they fix the pasta issue....
Son was extremely happy with his gluten free pasta but the gluten free herb rolls were "of Godly creation".
they are great to deal with. the chef comes out and discusses the menu and they have rolls. grandson was very happy.
Excellent gluten free pasta... Was able to substitute gluten free pasta in any dish we wanted. Chef and staff was excellent in taking great care to avoid cross contamination. Bonus that we had the meal to take home with the classic pastas! Will absolutely be back!
Chef came to the table to discuss my options, which included every single sauce! Sigh. Italian bliss with a creme brûlée finish.
I've been to this location 5 times now in my two stops to Philly...always a great staff and the food is always good. These people know their stuff and actually understand what it means to be gluten-free! I have no concerns for my safety in eating here. I return every year and each time I'm never let down.
Not only a great place to eat but they also have a dedicated GF area and the chef is very accommodating. They also have live entertainment several nights a week. One of the few Italian restaurants that is celiac friendly.
They have the best gluten free menu!!! They even bring out hot gf rolls! The manager even comes out to confirm your order for you. Never had a problem there & I love the staff!
This place is awesome. They are so accommodating. Very very nice people. The pasta is to die for!!!!!
just ask your server and the chef will talk to you about gf options. Most things on the menu can have gf pasta substituted. Everything is made separate so no cross contamination.
I was in a large group of people and the server was very attentive to my special requests. He was unsure of the gluten free items, but went and brought the chef out to speak with me. Apparently their GF options are made with corn pasta, which was a fun surprise. I had never had anything like it and it was very tasty.
They always make me feel like a queen, with special attention from the chef. Such great food, and they will work with you to make just about anything GF. Good kitchen practices to minimize cross contamination. Have heard they are also very accommodating about dairy free too.
Best Gf pasta, rolls, chicken Parmesan!!!!!!
wow is all I can say. chef came out to the table. prepare anything I wanted awesome gluten free rolls best gluten free meal I've ever had
I'm corn free as well as gluten free, so my options are even more limited. The chef comes out and talks through the menu with you. (The first chef was amazing, the second time, the chef spoke little English but understood my issues and his ingredients, so it was fine). All of their sauces are GF, so you do have lots of options. If you can eat the corn pasta, you pay the same price as normal eaters for the classic pasta dishes and get to take one home as well. This is the only restaurant I've been to in a long time that I have had no adverse effects after eating. They understand our needs and do a great job of accommodating!
Ordered gluten free and got a meatball (made with bread) in the mix. What I ordered didn't come with meatballs at all, in fact it was chicken sausage.
I must visit Las Vegas about every 6 months for work and Maggiano's has become a staple for me. They offer GF pasta (a small spiral-cut pasta) that they will substitute for most pasta dishes (no meatballs/breaded stuff obviously). They do NOT have a GF menu but they always appear knowledgable. The food is GREAT and I would highly recommend it. MAKE A RESERVATION before you go. The service is always better in a booth over sitting at the bar. In the same plaza (Fashion Show) are 3 places that offer GF. El Segundo Sol (good Mexican food with a dedicated GF Menu) and Stripburger (burger joint with GF buns).
Wow what a great place to ear Gluten Free. I m Celiac and they were vary accomadating and knew what it took to avoid the cross contamination Great Service Brandon
My food was good and I was able to eat withy family! The waiter was very patient.
The meat sauce is gluten free and they have a corn ziti pasta. Very good! Ordered take out and the staff is very knowledgable.
Very understanding about gluten allergies. If you tell your waiter you can't have gluten, the chef will come out and talk to you personally about your allergy, and discuss your options on the menu with you. I had the gf penne, which is corn based. It was very good, when it had absorbed enough sauce, otherwise it can be crunchy. They even do the dinner today, dinner tomorrow deal with gf pasta, so you can take some leftovers too.
Used to go here often until for a time they no longer offered GF pasta. Last I went they had corn pasta and chefs would often communicate with me directly which I appreciated but we still got sick - their managers called me with apologies and showered me with gift cards but I can't take the risk on my family's health until they get their standards in line. Good place though with great intentions - I've no doubt they will up their game in the future. Someone tell me when and ill come back.
horrible experience. no gluten free menu, chef comes out and talks to you but my pasta was from a box, i expected homemade, not one i could buy in the store. Chicken was ok..i can do better at home.. nothing to make me want to go back there. There are so many wonderful restuarants to choose from that i choose not to go back to one that was bad.
Awesome place to eat! The staff was so helpful. The chef comes out to help you make the proper choice for your allergies! Great Atmosphere as well!
This place is pretty good for a carb indulgence! Definitely worth the price as you get a plate of noodles to take home as well. Happy hour is great, tomatoes & mozzarella is always fresh and delicious.
Delicious. Waiter was helpful. Great pasta choices...had baked ziti . Salads were great. Will be going again. If u order light or typical (ie spaghetti or NOT seafood) you can get out of there with a drink (not alcohol) for under 20.00 per person... Prices range from 12.00 to 22.00 with some in lower 40.00 (lobster and steaks)
Went to Maggiano's, informed the hostess of our daughter's needs, she indicated it would be no problem. Our server, Krista was fantastic and immediately ask who was GF. Spoke directly to my daughter and ask if she would like the chef to come out to speak to her. He did and was extremely pleasant. He addressed my daughter's questions. Food was incredible, ambiance fantastic, service was phenomenal. I would highly recommend.
The experience was very unpleasant. The food was mediocre at best. And the management is sub par. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
a chef will come to the table to disdcuss gf options, but they are not that happy about it. they have gf pasta but not much else. keep asking for what you want, I did have a great piece of grilled salmon on spinach after a long conversation with the chef one time. as always, make sure you have a conversation about your situation and confirm when your food comes out.
I had great service and the manager ensured I knew what I could and couldn't have. He gave suggestions on how to best enjoy the GF pasta and made me feel very secure with my meal being GF. I didn't like the food however and it was pretty expensive for what you get.
Let them know you need GF right away and they grab the chef who will go through the entire menu with you to help you pick. They also will change ingredients for any other allergies you may have. Wonderful.
Always great, safe food, prepared responsibly. I've seen the kitchen, and they know what they're doing.
Best gluten free dining experience I have had. The pasta is excellent.
I agree w the previous user. The gluten free pasta is so-so, and its awful watching everyone else eat lasagne and bread. Good service, and the kitchen person comes to the table to talk to u and deliver ur food to avoid cc.
I have had only excellent experiences here. Always get to speak directly to the chef about my needs. Food is delicious and and I love that they have GF pasta (corn, last I checked). While I've really enjoyed everything I've had here, I would really like to see them expand their options. They only have one type of GF noodle so you can't really have things like spaghetti, angel hair, or varying types of noodles. It's always the same type of pasta, no matter what type the original dish would usually have had. Also not sure why they chose corn pasta since most GF people I know tend to prefer brown rice pasta. Oh well. All-in-all, I don't shy away from going here -- it's just not at the very top of my list since other places around have more options.
They did offer gluten free pasta BUT were not willing to make me grilled chicken to have a protein option. So I was limited to pasta with tomato sauce and that was it! My daughter asked for no orzo with her salmon and it came out with the salmon on the pasta! Don't plan in returning
Fresh and tasty. Be prepared with a cooler to bring some home. Portions are very big.
Doesn't have gluten free menu but the cook can adapt most meals with GF pasta. Food is really good. Food runner brought out my dish but with regular pasta..waiter noticed immediately and sent it back.
good food and a lot of gf options. they alter the recipe to make it gf. they only use one type of pasta though so if u order family sryle hope you like penne. a bit crowded for seating. the chef comes out to talk with u about gf options. very helpful staff. great gf dessert
Chef will come to your table to discuss GF options. No designated dishes. Taste is ok. Maybe if they made special dishes besides a plate of GF pasta with sauce, I would enjoy it more. For GF Italian food go to Biaggis. Huge GF menu with GF bread.
Wonderful restaurant! Staff is fully aware of celiac disease and the chef comes to your table to discuss you meal that they will personally prepare.
The food is not the best, but I love the cozy atmosphere. And the service is really good.
Good food, just make sure you speak with the chef to ensure gluten free. They even serve gluten free rolls which are delicious.
The gluten free pasta texture could be better, it is a bit tough/cheesy.
I have had good experiences at Maggiano's. I have never been sick afterwards, but sometimes you have to be extra careful with them. One time they brought out a red sauce with meatballs (their meatballs have bread crumbs in it) Another time they brought a salad to my sister that had bleu cheese on it (celiacs can had reactions to some types of bleu cheese). Every time they fixed it with offering to take a meal off of the ticket and offering a complimentary gf dessert. Overall good experiences but be observant.
Maggiano's is an excellent choice for those wanting to satisfy their Italian food cravings. I believe that all of their sauces are GF and the GF pasta is excellent. The chef will even come to your table to discuss your allergies with you and tailor a dish to your needs.
Great GF pasta options. Be sure to make a reservation they are always crowded.
Wonderful service, very accommodating!
I always enjoy eating at Maggiano's. The gluten free pasta is always cooked perfectly. Only a few choices are offered, but I never seem to mind. Marinara sauce and Alfredo sauce with either shrimp or chicken, or meat sauce, which I believe isn't on the menu, but I've asked a few times and it is fine for celiac consumption. The wait staff, always helpful, and a chef will often come out for any questions and to ensure your meal will be prepared GF in a safe manor.
Very helpful and easy about making substitutions - and without up charging!
Very accommodating! Made me feel like a welcomed, valued customer.... Not an inconvenience!
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.
They are so accommodating to celiac disease and they strive to ensure that you have a pleasurable dining experience! This is one of my favorite places for dinner!
The chef's are great here and will make you whatever you want! I'm also dairy (cow) and egg intolerant and they make me the best gluten-free chicken parmesan (w/goat cheese). So so good!
Got so sick after eating their GF pasta. Got the portion with the "free take home" and when I went to reheat it saw there was a bow tie noodle among my GF noodles. No wonder I got sick!!!
My favorite option for anything Italian food in Orange County. Speak to the chef or manager and let them know what you want and, if they have the ingredients, they will make it for you. Love, love, love Maggiano's!
have eaten gf here often. they are very careful and a chef comes out to review your gf order every time.
Awesome! Can adapt almost any pasta dish, subbing a wonderful corn ziti. Good prices and classic dishes are two for one ( one to take home). Huge potions (share) and giant creme brulee. Good for kids.
Wonderful experience! The only pasta they have is penne, so if you aren't a fan of penne, don't get too excited. However, they have some other really great options! We ordered the GF garlic rolls and I had the veal parm. It was actually breaded with GF bread crumbs! Overall we were very pleased. The staff was knowledgable and helpful. We love to go to restaurants that know what they are doing!
The gluten free pasta is really good, and if you order one of the classic pastas, you'll get an extra meal to bring home, which I think is a pretty good deal - even with the $2 surcharge for substituting the gf pasta.
They have gluten free pasta, rolls, and are extremely helpful.
Pasta was good. Kids portion was a little small but they sent out another bowl for free.
The chef comes out and speaks with you. They have GF corn pasta. All their sauces are GF and many can be made dairy free if you ask. I do wish they had bread, but they do let you bring it with you.
I was so excited when going to Maggianos for a business lunch expecting to covet my coworkers pasta and was amped when finding out they had gf pasta! the texture is pretty good and the manager said they are working on a gf bread option.
The chef came out and made suggestions.I was dissapointed I couldn't have lasagna which was what I was hungry for. He did make me a dis he said would. be just like having lasagna which was good...but not like having lasagna. They said they had no gluten free bread or buns. We were celebrating our anniversary and they did give a small complimentary creme brulee for me and another dessert for the other couple and my husband to share. Reasonably priced and the rest of the party very satisfied.Again..mine was good but again sitting empty plated while the others had the bread basket and lasagna left me feeling again deprived.
I love Maggianos and their two for $40 deal they have (I think that's it). Is well worth it. Their gluten free pasta is some of the best and you can tell all of the other ingredients are fresh. I had a few different pastas on their menu (the two for $40 menu) and I loved them all.
Custom gluten free food and pasta directly from the chef
I Love there GF pasta.
I had a great experience here. While dining for a special occasion, I asked if they had a GF menu. They did not (may have one now it's been over a year) and the chef personally came out and spike to me, made my meal and came out to make sure it was satisfactory! It was the best dang GFCF meal I've ever had that I didn't cook myself! No joke!
Awesome. All sauces are now GF. They generally have one GFPasta on site but call a couple of days ahead and they will get almost any type of pasta for you. Meticulous about their process! Chef always talks to you about needs.
Wonderful food, gf, knowledgeable chef!
Chef came out to talk over the GF options. We were more than happy with the meal! Chicken Marsala was yummy! We will definitely return. Bonus- our kids were thoroughly entertained by the magician (Tuesday nights only I think).
Has gf pasta.. A couple choices.... Chef came out to get my order and make sure everything was prepared for my needs... I have celiac
Fabulous food and GF menu. One of my favorite restaurants, i know i can trust them to make it truly GF.
The server was very helpful, but my salmon turned out to be dusted with flour and I suffered all night. Very disappointed. Hesitant to return. Not worth the pain.
the chef comes to my table and makes me a special gf meal. never had any problems. only complaint is i eat too much!
Great place. The chef will speak with you and they offer gf rolls. Nice touch
The chef came to the table to discuss the gluten free options and was very knowledgeable and cautious about cross contamination and such. I had a great experience eating there!
Gluten free pastas, many gluten free sauces
Great tasting gluten-free pasta. Chef went out of his way to ensure I had a gluten-free dining experience.
Phenomenal! Chef came out and offered gluten-free options. GF pasta us available upon request. Their second day take home option was excellent the next day. Impressed with chef's knowledge and suggestions.
The Scottsdale Maggiano's has by far the best GF menu of any Maggiano's I have Been to. They have GF bread that is delicious -- better than the regular bread! It takes a little while to get the bread as they bake it as it is requested. The staff is very knowledgable and accommodating. Only suggestion is more GF desserts... although the Verne brûlée is amazing!
Many gluten-free choices, the chef came out to answer any questions and made sure it was a wonderful meal. Great flourless chocolate cake!
Best gluten free meal I've ever had!!! Our server, JC, and the Sous Chef, Chon Guy, gave us five star service!!! Many gluten free options in each course! They served multiple kinds of GF pasta and sauces, and their house dressing was delicious! Large portions we couldn't finish in one sitting so JC packed them up for us to go completely separated with the GF meals labeled! Very knowledgable staff! I wish we had a Maggiano's in Alaska!
They went out of their way in their service and their commitment to provide safe allergy-related foods. They are in process of changing three of their sauces so that they will be GF. Yum!
Although they do not have a gf menu, the chef was great in suggesting gf options. And the food was yummy!
told them I was GF and the chef came out to talk with me. yummy crime rules for a delish dessert
One type of pasta, good marinara sauce. Good. No salad. Have been to others in this chain that give a free gluten brownie. Not even on the menu. gypsy
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