How Maggiano’s dropped calories, kept flavor on its menu

How Maggiano’s dropped calories, kept flavor on its menu

The chain's chefs explain what went into creating the popular new Lighter Take dishes.

Maggiano’s Little Italy is known for its rich, indulgent Italian food, but the chain made a move in a different direction with the Sept. 8 introduction of its Lighter Take menu.

The new menu features 11 of the Brinker International concepts’ dishes reformulated to have a third fewer calories or less.

The process started about a year ago, when corporate management started looking for new sales opportunities. “One [opportunity] was people wanted another

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