I had the amazing opportunity to sample some of Maggiano’s Little Italy brunch menu, but left with more than just a full stomach. What I mean by that is, I left with learning about Brunch with a Purpose; the current promotion that Maggiano’s is running where Maggiano’s Little Italy will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish from each select menu item, $2 per seasonal sangria pitcher, $.50 per glass of sangria, $.50 per lemonade and 100% of each Star Card sale, with a minimum guarantee of $500,000 from all in-restaurant promotions! The promotion is running until August 2, 2017, so hurry in the give a give a little back while you eat a delicious meal with your loved ones.
I sampled their brunch menu complimentary, as always, my opinions are my own
Over the past 14 years Maggiano’s Little Italy has donated $1 from the sales of every seasonal dessert sold in efforts to help make the wishes come true of children with life-threatening conditions. We were lucky enough to meet a very special little lady who has had a wish granted from Make-a-Wish. Ellie, a vibrant and joyful 11-year-old lives with an autoimmune disease and recently had the opportunity to be a guest judge on Master Chef Junior! The chef in training also helped Maggiano’s Buckhead Executive Chef Thomas Wenning create an amazing (and I mean AMAZING) Lemon Ricotta Pancake.
Sweet baby Jesus! They were simply delish.
Here is a rundown on some of the my favorite choices you can get when brunching at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
As I just mentioned above, the Lemon Ricotta Pancake was amazing! You wouldn’t normally think of ricotta in a pancake, right? But these were the best pancakes I ever had! Amazingly fluffy, light, with the perfect ratio of sweetness and lemon. The pancake has the juice of a whole lemon, along with lemon zest. I totally thought it was going to be overpowering, but it wasn’t. Perfection.
If you follow me on a regular, you know I recently became a Pescetarian (I don’t eat meat other than fish/seafood). So I was all about these Crab Cake Benedict. Served on an English muffin, these jumbo crab cakes are the perfect texture, moist and flavorful. Literally I could have just had the crab cake and I would have been happy, but with the added pouched egg and hollandaise sauce took this seafood favorite to the next level.
I’m not sure what time it is as you are reading this, but if it before 3 pm on a Saturday or Sunday then I suggest you get in your car and head to Maggiano’s Little Italy. This Creme Brulee French Toast is to die for. Cranberry Raisin Focaccia served with strawberries and syrup. I have no idea with is really in this stuff, but it’s some kind of food crack. But seriously, It’s not overpowering sweet in itself, but pure perfection with added with the syrup.
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So, here is what we know. Regardless of the timing, you can enjoy a delicious meal at Maggiano’s Little Italy. That’s given. But if you are deciding to go before August 2 to Brunch with a Purpose, then you not only are getting a delicious meal. The $1 from the selected items, you help a child forget about the medicine, the scars, the pain. You can help a child who lives with a life-threatening condition get a moment to smile, to gain a memory that will stay with them for the rest of their live, a good memory. It’s a win-win situation, brunch for a purpose.