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Maggiano's joins Dallas brunch avalanche, but with Italian twist

Maggiano's joins Dallas brunch avalanche, but with Italian twist

Maggiano's brunch
Maggiano's new brunch includes crème brûlée French toast with thick-cut bacon. Photo by Marc Lee
Maggiano's brunch
Maggiano's brunch also includes five kinds of Benedicts. Photo by Marc Lee
Maggiano's brunch
There are lemon-ricotta pancakes on offer as well. Photo by Marc Lee
maggiano's brunch
Don't miss the complimentary citrus muffin. Photo by Marc Lee
Maggiano's brunch
Maggiano's brunch
Maggiano's brunch
maggiano's brunch

For restaurants in Dallas these days, you gotta have brunch. Maggiano's Little Italy, the Brinker chain with two branches — one at NorthPark and one in Plano — recognizes this and is launching a nationwide brunch, featuring an Italian twist on traditional brunch dishes and drinks.

The company recently hosted a media event to share menu items that included eggs Benedict, crème brûlée French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, and a vegetable frittata.

There'll be five versions of eggs Benedict, from standard options such as salmon and crab cake to a unique one with a meatball, which VP Steve Provost said was a signature item.

"We are known for our spaghetti and meatballs, so we had to do a meatball Benedict," he said. "When we do it as an entrée, the meatball is big. But we've done a smaller one for the Benedict, which we top with a dried Roma tomato, evocative of spaghetti sauce."

Brunch items come with thick skin-on potato wedges, and everyone gets a complimentary orange streusel-glazed muffin.

The brunch offering will debut on February 28, and will be offered on weekdays as well as weekends.