Anyone been to Maggiano's in Short Hills Mall?
Have to go to an event there and wondered what to expect? I understand it's a chain. Is it high end? Is it along the lines of Carmine's? Has anyone been? Thanks a lot.
No, but I have been to this chain's location in Bridgewater, NJ. I am not familiar with Carmine's, so I cannot comment on any similarity.
My observations regarding Maggiano's:
*Decor--somewhat upscale and pleasing
*Food--decent (that means not exceptionally good), for a chain, if you can overlook the INCREDIBLE sodium level
*Prices--far too high for what is served
A good privately owned, authentic Italian restaurant would, in almost every case, have better food, and I think that almost every restaurant in which I have ever eaten had a lower sodium level in its food than Maggiano's. Their stock in trade is the huge portion sizes that they offer, which may make it a good value in some people's minds. However, quantity without quality is not what I am looking for. If you go, you can decide for yourself.
I am not familiar with Carmine's, but we love Maggiano's. Our rehearsal dinner was in one of the banquet rooms at the (free-standing, not in a mall) one in Atlanta. We have not yet been to the one that (finally) opened in Orlando, and we do have a favorite local mom-and-pop Italian place that is a little better, but Maggiano's is a close second favorite. (FWIW, Maggiano's is better than the Italian place we ate at in San Francisco's Little Italy.)
If at all possible could you give us a few more details? If you can recall the name of the place in San Fran's Little Italy which was inferior to Maggiano's and typically what you order at Maggiano's. It's all opinion but I want to understand where you are coming from.