It’s a national chain, so if you’ve been to one you’ve been to them all. But, the good thing about higher-end chain restaurants is that they’re consistent. And, in the case of Maggiano’s, they’re consistently good, for the most part, and a good value.

My wife had a gift card to their family of restaurants, which included Chili’s and Macaroni Grill. Naturally, we chose the best of the lot — Maggiano’s. Located in Fashion Show mall, it’s a pain to find the entrance. Walking through the mall, you have to actually walk outside of the mall towards the Strip and head to the second level via the outdoor escalators to find the main entrance.

This was a family outing for us — our three year old son in tow — so we were happy to be seated at a booth. They’ve got a kid’s menu with the usual stuff (pizza, chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, etc). For $5.95 kids get an entree, beverage, and a dessert (lemon cookies or vanilla ice cream). My kid opted for the pizza. It’s a long, rectangular, crispy cheese flatbread pizza cut into triangles. Tasty and large enough for two kids to share.

The lasagna was the best item of the night. A huge brick shape filled with crumbled meatballs and Italian sausage and covered in meat sauce. The gnocchi also came in a large portion, good enough for two people. While it was a little too dense, it was a passable version of the dish that came with spicy Italian sausage and a creamy (oversauced) vodka sauce.

They have small dessert options for $2.95. The chocolate cake was decent. A little too cold and firm, but it hit the spot. We also opted for the lemoncello pie ($7) — essentially a circular key lime pie with cherries garnishing the plate and topped with whipped cream and almond slivers.

While not the best Italian food in the city, Maggiano’s does make for a good family restaurant at a decent price, considering its location.

3.5 Stars

3200 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 732-2550

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