The atmosphere at Maggio’s is very relaxed, causal cozy style. The flooring is modern finished concrete with industrial restaurant mats, the lighting is just low enough, and the tables are an eclectic barn wood style.
The server was quick to get to my table and take a drink order. The entire staff all seemed courteous and eager to please. The “pick a sauce and then pick pasta” portion of the menu was familiar, but the specialty pastas and the appetizers are true stars to the menu, a favorite of my family is the Apple Sausage Ravioli with Boscaiola Sauce. This time, I opted for the meat Lasagna since it is a staple dish of any good Italian kitchen. If you can’t do good lasagna then the rest will be all downhill. To accompany the lasagna I picked the Minestrone soup.
First out of the kitchen were probably the best bread rolls I’ve had in a while. If you love bread as much as I do then the rolls alone are worth a trip to Maggio’s. The Minestrone soup came up next and while it tasted freshly made it was not my favorite version of the classic Italian vegetable soup. In perfect timing to match the last spoon full of soup (it might not have been my favorite, but I ate it all) my entrée arrived. The Lasagna was simply delicious. The ground beef was seasoned perfectly and there was no shortage of cheese. The pasta was more done to my liking, but it could have used slightly more sauce with the lasagna. Next time I visit Maggio’s I will be sure to ask for a small side order of sauce to pour over my lasagna. After polishing off an extra order of the bread rolls I was too stuffed to try the desert offerings on this particular occasion. However I have sampled the tiramisu and the bread pudding on earlier visits and they were both lick the plate good. The tiramisu had just enough coffee to elevate the dish but not so much that a non-coffee drinker wont enjoy.
One nice touch that I truly appreciate when visiting a locally owned restaurant is having the owner come by the table to ask if the meal was to my satisfaction. This small action always let me know the owner is in touch with his clientele and does not rely on his servers alone to keep him or her informed on customer satisfaction.
The prices at Maggio’s are very reasonable as well, which really makes it perfect for any day of the week dining destination.
Maggio’s Italian Grill
1693 Bass Road
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: (478) 477-4002 http://www.maggiositaliangrill.com/our_menu.pdf