Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Happy birthday, Maggiano's

Maggiano's in the Denver Pavilions turns ten this week, and its is a real reason to celebrate. Unlike so many corporate-concept restaurants, this Maggiano's -- a link in a Chicago-based chain -- pays attention to the community in which it is located, doing innumerable good works even while it serves good food.

It's even run by good sports, who hosted a millionth meatball ceremony seven years ago -- and then rolled with the punches when I threw a curveball in my "Blowing Boeing" column.

For the record, over the past decade, Maggiano's claims to have served up 61.5 tons of meatballs; 185,000 pounds of spaghetti; 450,000 pounds of lasagna and 910,000 carryout bags -- those portions are huge.

So happy birthday, Maggiano's. Here's to many more -- birthdays, and meatballs. -- Patricia Calhoun

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun