I headed to Tysons Corner to get in some shopping with my boyfriend, Andres. We stopped by Maggiano’s in Tysons Galleria for Italian brunch to take a load off–power shopping is exhausting! We dined on the terrace–with full view of the couture shops and Neiman Marcus calling to us. Brunch was kindly on the house today.
We started off with sparkling sangria and the Beam Eight Star Whiskey Bloody Mary. We were so excited to try to the Bloody Mary. It was supposed to come with calabrian and blue cheese stuffed olives and a maple syrup and bacon brown sugar rim. Unfortunately, we were so bummed when it came out sans garnish as we were told they had run out. Too bad. We weren’t big fans of the actual drink either. All we could taste was the whiskey. It overpowered the rest of the drink, so it was hard to taste the other flavors.
My sparkling sangria was made with Cavicchioli Dolce Lambrusco, Grand Marnier, strawberries, basil, and soda water. I didn’t get any notes of basil in my drink but I did find a lone basil leaf. This drink was sweet and syrupy. It didn’t taste very bubbly, but after just one glass I was feeling tipsy. It was very strong.
I ordered the chicken Francese Benedict for my entree. It came with Vesuvio potatoes which were cooked perfectly and very tasty. They were crispy and well seasoned. My Benedict was good. The chicken was well breaded and cooked. My poached eggs were cooked perfectly and the Hollandaise sauce wasn’t overpowering. They seem to know their Benedicts.
Andres is never one to pass up chicken and waffles. This dish came out in pretty and neat stacks with a big serving of whipped cream to boot. The syrup was spicy and delicious. It was perfectly proportioned to the waffles and chicken. The waffles were fluffy and very flavorful. We really enjoyed them. The chicken wasn’t so much fried chicken, but a chicken tender. They were tasty and very easy to eat, although we agreed we would have also enjoyed real, fried chicken. The whipped cream and berries was fresh and sweet–a good pairing to the spicy and savory chicken.
We ended the meal with an order of the seasonal pancakes. This month’s flavor was strawberry cheesecake. This dish was by far the most beautiful presentation of the meal. Not only were they pretty, but they were delicious. We really enjoyed this dish. The pancakes were sweet and buttery. They were cooked and plated very well. The strawberry syrup was sweet, but well proportioned. This dish was supposed to come with a side–we ordered it with bacon–but alas that never arrived. Our waiter was very nice and helpful. He was also serving two awful, large parties next to us. It’s the holiday season, people. Be kind.
The Bitches say: B. We had a couple hiccups, but we really enjoyed the pancakes and the Benedict. We were happy to see that this pasta factory knows how to do sweet dishes, too.
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Bitch Biz: This post was written in partnership with Maggiano’s. While this post was written independently by us, we did receive compensation from the company.