Maggiano’s Little Italy is a popular semi-upscale Italian restaurant chain for classic Italian food. They offer various entrees, pastas, salads, seafood, and more. Here is a bit more on the story of how Maggiano’s Little Italy came to be:
Our story began in Chicago, Illinois in November of ’91 when Maggiano’s Little Italy opened the doors of its first location on the corners of Clark Street and Grand Avenue. The dishes were simple, authentic classics, many of them coaxed out of Italian grandmothers, mothers, and aunts whose ideas of a recipe were a pinch of this and a sprinkle of that. What happened next, as they say, is history.
The restaurant was successful from the very beginning. Eager diners sometimes waited hours to celebrate family-style over Italian–American cuisine, reminiscent of a Sunday night visit to their grandmother’s house — or as they say in Italy, nonna’s casa! These delicious dishes paired with great service, generous portions and a warm atmosphere kept our guests and their families coming back for more.
With a successful first opening in Chicago, three more followed. It became obvious that Maggiano’s had a special relationship with its guests, and Maggiano’s was purchased by Brinker International in 1995. Since then, Maggiano’s has expanded to numerous locations across the country, all delivering that original, exceptional experience.
What is gluten free at Maggiano’s Little Italy?
In this article and guide, we’ll highlight all the gluten free menu items, sides, and other gf options available at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Want to learn more nutrition facts about Maggianos’ foods? Check out their nutritional/allergen menu here.
Maggiano’s Little Italy shares this warning on their allergen menu:
NOTE: Maggiano’s Little Italy Recipes may have different allergens than Maggiano’s Classic recipes. If you have an allergen concern, please be sure to check the applicable brand’s allergen guide.
Allergen Information –The health and safety of our guests are always top priorities. As part of this ongoing commitment, we provide the most current allergen menu information available from our food suppliers on the eight most common allergens including egg, fish, milk, peanut, shellfish, soy, tree-nuts, and wheat/gluten. Every effort is made to keep this information current. However, it is possible that ingredient changes and substitutions may occur due to the differences in regional suppliers, recipe revisions, preparation techniques, and/or the season of the year. Certain menu items may vary from restaurant to restaurant and may not be available at all locations. Limited time offers, test products, or regional items have not been included on these menus. During normal kitchen operations involving shared cooking and preparation areas, the possibility exists for food items to come in contact with other food
The company also notes that:
At this time, we do not have allergen information available for our alcoholic drinks. The Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), who regulates alcohol labeling, currently does not require alcohol suppliers to disclose allergen information on its labels. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution and concern for your health, we can’t recommend an alcoholic beverage that would eliminate the potential of consuming a certain allergen.
Maggiano’s Little Italy Gluten Free Menu
These are all the gluten free options we could find at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Note all items listed below do not contain wheat or gluten, based on information we found around the web. These items still have the potential for cross contamination and other traces of gluten, so please keep that in mind.
Notice anything missing or incorrect? Leave a comment below. This article was last updated: January 19, 2023
All starter options at Maggiano’s Little Italy contain wheat/gluten.
These are all of the salad options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Chopped Salad
- Maggiano’s Salad
- Wedge Salad
- Add Chicken to any Salad
- Add Salmon to any Salad
- Add Shrimp to any Salad
Chefs Featured Soups
These are all of the soup options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Clam Chowder New England
- Clam Chowder Manhattan
- Creamy Chicken & Potato
Classic Pasta & Sauces
All pasta options at Maggiano’s Little Italy contain wheat/gluten.
All specialty pasta options at Maggiano’s Little Italy contain wheat/gluten.
All chicken entree options at Maggiano’s Little Italy contain wheat/gluten.
These are all of the seafood options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails
- Romesco Style Mahi
- Romesco Style Salmon
- Romesco Style Snapper
- Lemon Herb Mahi
- Lemon Herb Salmon
- Lemon Herb Snapper
Steak & Veal
These are all of the steak and veal options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Center-Cut Filet Mignon
- Make it Al Forno
- 16 oz New York Strip
- Pork Osso Bucco
- Bone-In Prime Ribeye
These are all of the side options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Crispy Vesuvio Potatoes
- Fresh Grilled Asparagus
- Fresh Grilled Asparagus w/o Cheese
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Garlic Spinach
- Roasted Garlic Broccoli
All sandwich options at Maggiano’s Little Italy contain wheat/gluten.
These are all of the dessert options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Creme Brulee
- Creme Brulee (mini)
- Kid’s Ice Cream w/ Caramel
- Kid’s Ice Cream w/Fudge
- Kid’s Ice Cream w/Strawberries
- Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
These are all of the kids options at Maggiano’s Little Italy that are free from wheat/gluten ingredients.
- Grilled Chicken
Photo: Maggiano’s Facebook page
Items to Avoid at Maggiano’s Little Italy
- The Italian Wedding and Tuscan Chicken Sausage Soups contain gluten.
- A lot of the chicken, seafood, and steak options contain gluten due to sauces, additives, etc. so be sure to check with your server even if it’s on this menu in case their recipes changed!
- Maggiano’s does not currently advertise/offer gluten free pasta.
Summary of Gluten Free Menu Options at Maggiano’s Little Italy
Pro tips and a quick summary of everything gluten free at Maggiano’s Little Italy
- When you order at the restaurant or on the app for delivery/pickup, tell them you have an allergy or Celiac Disease so they take precautions with your food.
- Maggiano’s has a decent amount of options for someone who is gluten free. They offer steaks, seafood, salads with grilled chicken, and plenty of sides. Maggiano’s even has a few dessert options for people who are gluten free.
- Maggiano’s Little Italy has a high rating of 4.5 stars on Find Me Gluten Free with over 100 unique reviews from customers. This is a very good indication that it is a safe restaurant chain where customers have a safe eating experience. Reviews mentioned how delicious the food was and that staff was quick to make accommodations for people with Celiac/gluten allergies.
- Personal experiences here are unknown. I will try Maggiano’s Little Italy next time I get the chance, so I can leave a full review with more info about my experience.
Photo: Maggiano’s Facebook page
More Information about Maggiano’s Little Italy
Looking for additional information about Maggiano’s Little Italy, their foods, and nutritional/ingredients facts? Here are some resources we’ve found:
- Official Maggiano’s Little Italy Menus: https://www.maggianos.com/menus/
- Official Maggiano’s Little Italy Nutrition/Allergen PDF Guide: https://maggianos-prod.cdn.prismic.io/maggianos-prod/01d6de2a-0260-48cd-834c-aac99a86e5a8_Allergen+Guide+for+Website+11.22.22.pdf