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When you live in Las Vegas it seems you always have friends or family visiting. Everyone loves to come here.

Besides coming to gamble it’s always nice to have dinner with family and friends. When you enjoy going out to dinner as much as I do, you like to make it an event.

When I have a group of four or more people going to dinner, one of my favorite places to go is always Maggiano’s (3200 Las Vegas Blvd.) across from Wynn.

This is a great place to go when you have a group of people and want to get some good Italian food. Maggiano’s has an extensive menu and I used to have a hard time choosing what I wanted to eat there until I discovered the Family-Style Menu.

That menu is available for parties of three or more. There are three different levels to choose from and the prices range from $23.95 per person for the Light Meal, $30.95 for the Classic Meal or $40.95 for the Chef’s Choice.

When I go with a group we either order the Classic or the Chef’s Choice. You start by picking three different appetizers or salads. They bring these out and serve them on platters family-style for everyone at the table to share.

No need to worry about who’s going to grab the last piece of fried Mozzarella. With the family-style meal they will keep bringing more until you are full. So with this method you get to try three different things. No more having to decide whether to have Mozzarella or Calamari.

Next up you get to choose four different main courses. You can mix and match pastas and entrees. Again, with so many options and getting to pick four different dishes you are sure to pick someone’s favorite.

Just like with the salads and appetizers, don’t worry if everyone liked one of the dishes more than the others. Just keep ordering all you want until everyone is content. There are 18 pastas and 15 entrees to choose from.

Now that we have totally stuffed ourselves we must decide what two desserts to try from the list of nine. Their Tiramisu is fantastic and that is always one of our choices. The desserts are all you can eat as well so enjoy and remember, you don’t have to fight over the last bite.

The difference between the Classic Meal and the Chef’s Choice is some of the dishes you can only get in the Chef’s Choice package, mainly the veal and some of the premium seafood. If you like veal it’s worth the extra $10 for these dishes.

The service at Maggiano’s has always been good. If you get one of the window tables you have a nice view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Every time I take out of town guests here they just love the food and the view, plus it’s always nice sharing a nice Italian feast at a very reasonable price.

I give Maggiano’s a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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