We love the food, the service and the atmosphere.
The music is out of site!!!. They have a fantastic piano player/vocalist (Bobby Wilson)in the bar on Thursdays, Friday's and Saturdays. He plays all types of music including motown. In any other city, you'd pay $25.00 cover just to hear him. Eat in the bar if you can find a spare table. The entertainment alone makes up for the price of the great food, affording you and your date a reasonable night out.
The zucchini is worth the price. If you love dark wood, cozy settings and outstanding food, you'll love this restaurant. Upon first entering the bar, I was impressed by the warm and intimate atmosphere--a nice change from the twenty flashing TV's and and all you can drink drafts. I ordered the chocolate martini, my favorite, and was not disappointed. Drink in hand, we were escorted to our table where we were greated by a very knowledgable and fun server. His recommendations: the chicken marsala and the lasagna. Along with the zucchini fritti, another personal favorite, these selections were excellent. Rich and creamy, the lasagna melted in my mouth. The zucchini was crisp and served with a decadent dipping sauce. The portions are huge, even the half sizes, so we didn't have room for dessert. It didn't matter. The meal was worth it.
One of the better designed "formula" restaurants but indifferently managed. The service was indifferent at best, from the perfunctory greeting of the hostess to the desultory efforts of the waitress, but, compared to the ratings given other Cincinnati restaurants, it probably merits something in the 8.5 to 8.8 range.
Expensive, but Tasty. We very rarely eat inside; our recommendation: get this food "to go." While Maggiano's is definitely on the pricey side, the portions are huge. My personal fave: linguini in either red or white clam sauce.
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