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On April 21st, Maggiano’s Little Italy kicked-off their 13-year collaboration with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation with new menu items for their Eat-a-Dish for Make-A-Wish® initiative. This initiative, in the last 13-years, is responsible for raising $6 million for the Make-A-Wish® foundation, providing the opportunity to grant over 800 wishes, and hosted hundreds of wish parties and local fundraising events to benefit children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Beauty and the Bump was in attendance at the Maggiano’s Little Italy Garden City location for an exclusive sneak peek at the menu items this family-style Italian restaurant is offering guests in order to raise funds to make terminally ill children’s wishes come true. Over a three-course meal, General Manager, Joseph Peluso and Chef Mat from the restaurant’s Roosevelt Field location discussed with attendees the inspiration behind the selected menu items from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts and drinks. Each menu item has its own special story, and designated donation amount. Maggiano’s Little Italy will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish from each select menu item, $5 per pitcher of seasonal sangria, and 50¢ per lemonade.

Chef Mat and staff prepared for us the following Eat-a-Wish for Make-A-Wish® menu items:


Dylan’s Lemonade Peach & Pomegranate Lemonade Maggiano’s sponsored Dylan’s wish to travel to Italy

Seasonal Citrus and Peach Sangria

Maggiano's Sangria


Asiago Crusted Shrimp with Mixed Greens (Smoked Bacon, Lemon Vinaigrette) – available April 21 – May 25

Maggian's Asiago Crusted Shirmp

Strawberry Bruschetta (Strawberry Chutney, Orange Fondue, Prosciutto) – available May 26 – June 29

Maggiano's Strawberry Bruschetta


Filet Mignon & Asparagus Risotto (Shiitake Mushrooms, Garlic, and Steak Jus) – available April 21 – May 25.

Maggiano's Filet Mignon & Asparagus Risotto

Stuffed Chicken Fontina Risotto (Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Chives) – available May 26 – June 29.

Maggiano's Stuffed Chicken Fontina Risotto

*In participating restaurants, both Risotto dishes come with any On The House Classic Pasta to take home.


Fresh Berry Tiramisu (Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Fresh Berry Sauce)

Maggiano's Berry Tiramisu

Everything we tasted that evening was nothing short of amazing. So much so that we can’t even select a favorite dish. However, for dessert, since there is only one option, that was easy. I can eat the Fresh Berry Tiramisu ten times over. It’s just that delicious. The fresh berries and whipped cream make this dessert feel like heaven in your mouth. Amazing!

Joseph, also a chef, informed attendees that Maggiono’s is a chef-driven company that prides itself on making and service fresh foods. We were told everything is made to order using fresh ingredients, which was proven through the meals we tasted that evening. Have allergies or have an Italian dish that you do not see on the menu? No worries. Both Joseph and Chef Mat assured us that they do their best to keep their guests satisfied whether it’s catering to a specific allergy or recreating a favorite dish.

We urge you to make a reservation, and try out at least one of these menu items. I mean, it’s for a great cause.

From April 21 through June 29, guests are invited to join their local Maggiano’s team to “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish” and share their dining experience on social media using the hashtag #EATADISH4MAW for an additional donation to help raise more funds for this meaningful cause.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • Betzy Carmona

    This place looks amazing

  • I saw your posts on Instagram, and was loving the sound of this meal. What a great event too.

  • Justina

    Just had a total foodgasm looking at your pictures!

  • I think we ate at Maggiano’s when hubs and I spent a couple days in NYC. Loved the ravioli!

    • Beauty and the Bump

      Maybe it was Carmine’s? The closest one to the city aside from this one is in Teaneck, NJ.

  • Such a wonderful menu for a great cause. At my old job I worked with make a wish all the time to offer great things for children and I love that they do things like this… well worth it 🙂

  • Those dishes look and sound delicious. I’m dying ovah here! yumm

  • Mai

    Everything sounds delicious, especially that tiramisu!

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  • marciaf

    What a great initiative. I love shrimp and that dish looks fabulous to me.

    • That was so good. It was one of my favorites.

  • Everything looks delicious!!

    • Everything was. You should really try it out.

  • I love Maggianos. I could live on their Maggiano Salad!

  • Melissa Velazquez

    I should have eaten lunch before looking at those pictures. Everything looks and sounds amazing.

    • LOL aww I’m so sorry. Hopefully you will be able to try the real thing soon.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    What a great cause! We used to go to Maggiano’s on the Upper West Side all the time years ago. They had great super-garlicy food.

    • Really? I didn’t know there was a location there. What was your favorite dish?

  • Kim T.

    This menu looks amazing! I was able to sample the lemonade and it was soooo good! Thanks for attending this event. I LOVE Maggianos!

    • The lemonade and the sangria were good. Thank you for allowing me to attend. It’s one of my husband’s favorite restaurants.

  • gaynycdad

    Wow, those pictures are making my mouth water! Such a good reason to go to Maggiano’s now!

    • You have to go experience the dishes in person. So freaking good!