Maggiano’s, Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, GA
Maggiano’s has long been a favorite of mine. When I used to work closer in town, I found the Buckhead location a convenient place for lunch and quite reasonable prices for lunch.
This was our first venture out to the Perimeter location and we just got off on the wrong foot. I dropped Melanie off at the front while I parked (parking by the way can be scarce at times but valet parking is just $3 and yes, they DO take plastic). When she walked in to request a table, they offered her seating at the bar. In my opinion, seating at the bar should ONLY be offered when the main dining room is full and there is a long wait. My view is, if I’m going to pay the same price for my meal, why shouldn’t I sit in the dining room? In any case, It was not received well, especially on Sunday and in the company of an underage young adult.
Once we got to our table, things got better, our server met us swiftly and we ordered our beverages. Our first request, to be moved to a booth, was expedited quickly and efficiently and we were soon getting on with the business at hand – studying the wide variety of items on the menu – all of which looked great and we both saw any hopes of sticking to our diet fast disappearing.
Melanie ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with chicken and broccoli. I ordered the Horseradish-crusted Tilapia and our guest ordered the Seafood Rigatoni. Once our entrees arrived, whatever state of mind we were in before was converted to instant bliss.The meal was truly wonderful and everyone enjoyed it.
While you may be quite satisfied after eating your entree, you simply MUST save room for dessert. Although a little pricy (most average around $7.50), our experience has been that they are a taste of heaven. We both had the cheesecake and it was simply delightful. Rather than being dense and heavy, this cheesecake was surprisingly light but still rich. Truly awesome!
While it’s more than we are generally accustomed to spending for a Sunday afternoon meal, we got out of there for under $100 (Including gratuity) for the three of us which I considered a pretty good value.
If you’re near Perimeter Mall, it’s a great place to stop and if you’re not, it’s well worth the trip. Either way, make Maggiano’s a MUST-SEE visit on your list of Atlanta dining.
P.S. The restaurant itself is truly beautiful and if you have time, venture up the grand staircase and poke around the many dining rooms. Arrivederci!