Massiano's Little Italy is in twenty states, but their only Bay Area location is in San Jose. Located in Santana Row, among all the shops this cozy restaurant seats 220 people, but their is enough room between tables to give it an intimate feeling.
They specialize in serving generous portions of Southern Italian cuisine served family style. The menu is large and varied, offering a fine selection of many homemade pastas, salads, prime steaks, fresh fish and home made desserts.
Lots of restaurants let you take your unfinished meal home after you dine there. Maggiano's in San Jose however, offers you more than a bang for your buck. You order one of their eleven classic pasta dishes for today, then you can take another home for tomorrow, at no charge, compliments of your chef.
With a reservation we were seated quickly after we arrived. There was a brief waiter transition after the Calamari Appetizer without a hitch. Both were pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu.
Our group tried three dishes. First was the Coach Joey Z's Angel Hair Pasta with Sausage. Angel Hair tossed with their homemade pomodoro sauce. This was an excellent sauce with a tasty sausage.
Next was the Mom's Lasagna - Marinara. Pasta sheets layered with Ricotta cheese, crumbled meatballs, Italian sausage and marinara and topped with Provolone cheese and marinara. Just like Mom used to make.
The Taylor Street Baked Ziti was the third. Similar to lasagna but different with Italian sausage, pomodoro sauce and ziti topped with a layer of melted Provolone and Parmesan. This was a dish you would want to try again.
The two desserts we shared were Nonna's Toasted Pound Cake with Caramelized Bananas. Toasted pound cake with caramelized bananas, hot fudge and vanilla bean ice cream . You made need help to finish this.
We also munched on Vera's Lemon Cookies, crescent shaped lemon cookies glazed with lemon frosting. Very tasty with a sweet lemon taste.
Their motto is "Our passion is making people feel special." You do feel special there. For the price, quality of food and the great service.
Their address is:
3055 Olin Avenue, Suite 1000
San Jose, CA 95128
Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
They also offer lunch, a take out service and delivery menu. You can also order online.