Maggiano's Little Italy is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. The company was founded in Chicago's River North neighborhood in 1991 by Rich Melman's Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), and was named after Melman's late partner, Marvin Magid. The concept was acquired by Brinker International, Inc. in August 1995 from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. As of June 29, 2011, there are 50 locations throughout 20 states.
Maggiano's menu features both classic and contemporary recipes; pastas, salads, steaks, seafood, regular chef specials, and specialty desserts. Maggiano's offers lunch or dinner, carryout service, delivery, and banquet spaces for special occasions. Meals can be purchased in single-sized portions or as full multi-course family style meals
Ladyfinger cookies soaked in espresso and coffee liqueur layered with Mascarpone, dusted with cocoa powder and served with chocolate shavings
2 (3 oz.) packages soft ladyfingers, split, divided
1/2 cup freshly brewed strong coffee
1/4 cup sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
3 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Arrange half the ladyfingers on bottom of a large baking dish. Mix coffee, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla; brush half over ladyfingers in dish.
Beat ricotta cheese, remaining sugar and remaining vanilla in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. Whisk in Cool Whip.
Spoon half the ricotta mixture over ladyfingers in dish; cover with remaining ladyfingers. Brush with remaining coffee mixture; top with remaining ricotta cheese mixture. Sift cocoa over top of dessert. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.