Maialina Italian Kitchen + Bar
Great!! Great food great atmosphere
Hi Julie! Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us! We're thrilled to see you enjoyed your evening! We hope to serve you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
We are huge fans of Ambrosia and were super excited to try Maialina. We are so happy we did! the appetizers were some of the best we've ever had. Our entrees were very good. Service started out a little slow but once we got our server's attention, he was fantastic! The meal was reasonably priced. It's a great restaurant and one we will absolutely return to!!!
Hi Glenn! Thanks so much for taking the time to rate and review us! Sorry to hear your service started slow. I will be sure to pass along the comments to our staff. We look forward to serving you again in the future! Cheers! Francesca
We went to Maialina before the Monumental Marathon. Our server made great suggestions and we enjoyed each dish we ordered. I would definitely go back - there are many items on the menu that I'd like to try.
Thank you for taking the time to rate us and leave a great review! I hope the race was a successful one and congrats! We look forward to serving you again! Cheers! Francesca
Food was amazing and the service was excellent! Great way to spend the evening for dinner!
Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to rate and review! We're happy to see you had a great night! We hope to serve you again soon!
I come from a family of Italian descent, and I felt the food was authentic. The Caesar salad had that little bit of seafood saltines to it like the dressing had anchovy in it. The cacio e pepe was wonderfully cheesy and creamy with a delicious bite of cracked pepper. My wife raved about her arugula salad. If we had anything even slightly negative to note, it would be that their flatbread wasn’t really flat. It was more like a hand tossed pizza than the cracker thin crust we associate with flatbreads. Having said that, my wife felt her fig and sausage flatbread was still delicious. We will definitely be back!
Hi Tony! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a great review! I'm happy to see you guys had a nice evening with us! If you're looking for a crunchier crust on your next visit, I would recommend ordering our cauliflower crust! It is thin and crispy and quite delicious - I actually prefer it over the regular crust! Hope to serve you again soon! Grazie! Francesca
Amazing all around!
Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening and look forward to serving you again soon!
We had a great waiter, Shane. There were four of us and the appetizers and dinner were very good. I would go back.
Hi Gary! Thank you so much for your kind words! I will be sure to pass along your comments to Shane as well! We're happy to hear you had such a nice time! Thanks! Francesca
I appreciate the attention the restaurant paid to my reservation. They called me in advance to inform me of a couple dishes that would not be available that night, great me throughout the night by name and the manager\owner checked on me. The sauces with each dish were awesome and made my dishes pop with flavour. Always room for improvement but a great start for this new restaurant.
Hi Ben! Thanks so much for leaving a great review and rating. I'm delighted to hear you had a nice evening with us! I hope you enjoyed your show at Hi-Fi and had safe travels back to Canada! Hope to see you if you're ever back in Indy! Best, Francesca
What a very pleasant surprise. This Fountain Square area restaurant is a nice departure from the main downtown area restaurants and it's still very close by. Nice menu and drink selections, great food, attentive and pleasant service and an overall great value!
Hi Victor! Thank you so much for your rating and review! I'm happy to hear you had such a nice time with us and we appreciate the support! We look forward to serving you again! -Grazie! Francesca
It was very noisy (might want to add some sound absorbing tiles on ceiling) and the bar was blasting 70s rock. We were expecting a more intimate dining experience. The food was okay but not amazing. Hopefully these are just growing pains!
Hello, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear you didn't have a great evening with us. I'll pass along your comments to our staff and use this to improve for the future. Best, Francesca
Generally appealing ambiance and presentation. My table was next to the servers' work station; not too problematic on this visit when it was not too busy, but became more disturbing as activity picked up. House cabernet was thin and disappointing. Food quality was excellent, although the Bolognese sauce would have benefited from less salt, to allow the subtle flavor of the meat to come through. Server brought the bill before I had an opportunity to order dessert, but recovered quickly once I told them I did want dessert.
Hi Joe, Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback! I'll be sure to pass along your comments to our staff so we can improve for the future. We appreciate the rating and look forward to serving you again! Best, Francesca
I’ve eaten at Maialinas twice in one month. I believe it to be the best Italian restaurant in Indy.
Love the one in Lockerbie but actually love this more. Food is outstanding
Salads and dressings are great. You must eat the caprese How they make their pesto sauce is out of this world Make sure you try one of the bread courses. So much better than filling up on the endless bread basket.
My only deep regret is our incredible waiter told me they were taking the bone in pork chop off the menu as not enough people ordered it. I hope you change your mind and convince patrons to try it or offer them a tasting course. It is as good as any 50 dollar steak I’ve ever had.
And so nice to be in the vibrant Fountain Square we’ve all been waiting for.
Keep up the good work.
Hello! Thank you so much for the rating and the review! I'm delighted to hear how much you've enjoyed dining with us! Unfortunately, we will be taking the pork milanese off the menu as we make updates. However, we can always bring some in for you if you are coming in! Please just let us know in your reservation and we will try to accommodate you as best we can! -Grazie, Francesca
Shane our waiter was incredibly good and the food was amazing.
Thank you for your review and rating! I will be happy to pass along your comments to Shane and the rest of the staff! We look forward to serving you again soon!
We've been there twice, a couple of weeks apart. The second time we ran into a mysterious traffic snarl and were running late and we had play tickets for after so were worried about the time. They moved our reservations back and got us served in plenty of time. And we had the same server both times and she remembered us, what we ordered, and was amazingly professional and attentive. And the meals were great!
Hi Margaret! Thank you for the review and rating! Traffic down here can be a mess so I'm happy you were able to get to us safely! We look forward to serving you again soon! -Best, Francesca
Pros: great service, good wine (we had the sangiovese), nice Italian aesthetic without being over the top
Cons: only two types of pasta (spaghetti and rigatoni), pasta was overcooked and meatballs were spongy and dense, many of the dishes we tried were over salted; however, we did enjoy the Vodka pasta. Although the pasta was well over cooked the Vodka sauce was flavorful and a nice balance to the rigatoni. Sausage may have been a better pairing than chicken for fat to balance the acid.
The bread was a great texture (hard crust with soft center) but fairly banal covered in garlic and melted cheese, not sure this is very authentic but more as a menu item meant to appease the masses.
Bottom line, this restaurant is Indiana doing Italian.
Hi Tara! Thank you for your feedback. Our food is one of the most important parts of our concept, and we’re working every day to make it better. I will be sure to pass along your comments to our entire staff. Hopefully you'll be willing to give us another chance in the future! -Francesca
4 of us for dinner. 2 meals were horrible. 1 actually had to be cooked 2 times. Chicken parmesan was so over cooked twice and so Extremely salty. I mean. You would have blown up like a Macys day float from all the salt on this. 2 nd person ordered the pork chop. Who ,deep frys a pork chop in an Italian restaurant. Bake it! But again. So over cooked also. Fig and jam flatbread just ok. Very very sweet. Lasagna was the only decent order that came out.
The server was nice and friendly. But when we started to order a beer. The first comment from the server was, let me just tell you what we have. We are out of a lot of beers right now. Uggg. I believe the prices were a bit high for what quantity of food you received. If they are around in like a year,I'll give them another try. Hopefully the will learn how to fry food by then.
Thank you for feedback Jim. I'm sorry we were out of many of our beers. We had a busier weekend than expected and unfortunately we didn't plan properly. I will pass along your comments to our kitchen again to make sure they are aware of the review. -Best, Francesca
Great food and wine. Our server was very attentive. The only drawback is the noise level. Noise reduction panels on the ceiling would be a good idea.
Thank you for your review Ellen! We are looking into noise reduction solutions! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us and we look forward to serving you again soon!
Our server couldn't have been nicer. The appetizers fell short. Mussels were gritty and the prosciutto/melon was so-so. The infused Olive oil with bread was delicious and so were both pasta dishes we ordered. I'd definitely just stick to pasta and bread and fortunately that's the main reason to choose Italian anyway! We'll be giving it another shot for sure
Thank you for your feedback! I'm sorry the appetizers fell short for you. Hopefully we can give you a better experience on your next visit. Thank you for your support! -Francesca
Met up with friend for dinner. Pleasantly surprised when I arrived...it’s the building that my family and I visited for years to enjoy duck pin bowing in the basement and eat at the “Diner”. This restaurant is where the diner used to be. Beautiful job remodeling! Great atmosphere, food (must try the fig and sausage flatbread for table as appetizer) and service (Shane was our server). Will definitely be back...bringing family and friends with me! Highly recommend!
Hi Susie! Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the space and had a nice evening with us! The fig and sausage flatbread is my favorite as well! We look forward to serving you again in the future! Grazie! Francesca
The ambiance is good. The food is good. The prices are good. We had a 7:30 rez and were seated immediately. Three of the six mains were sold out and there was no bread left. We'll chalk this up to being new in the business but it was a bit disappointing. Really? Out of bread in an Italian restaurant? We'll be back. Oh, and the ricotta, fig jam, honey bruschette was worth the trip!
Hi Jack! Thank you for the review and for coming in! I'm sorry we were out of some of our mains - obviously still learning as we go! I appreciate you being understanding and willing to give us another try! We hope to serve you again soon with a full menu! Cheers! Francesca
Arrived at 6:25 for our 6:30 reservation. Last entree was delivered to the table at 8:18. Lots of excuses from the waitress with no real apologies.
Hi David, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent experience. I'll be informing our team about this and I appreciate your comments. Thank you for your honest comments as this will help improve our operations in the future. In addition, please send us an email at info@maialinaindy with the subject line REVIEW so we can personally try to take care of this for you. Best, Francesca
I hate to say it, but soo much better than Ambrosia. Brighter, cheery; lasagna is the best in town!!
Hey Jeff! Thank you for the kind words! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere in Maialina! The lasagna is one of my favorites as well! Thank you for the support and we hope to serve you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
Great service and food. Just a little too noisy. Hard to hear conversations at my own table. The prosciutto/melon appetizer was fabulous.
Thank you for the review and feedback! We are actively working on addressing the noise in the restaurant and hope to have a solution for you soon! I'm happy to hear you otherwise enjoyed your evening! We hope to serve you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
All the dishes that we ordered were very delicious and the service was great! Will definitely be back!
Thank you for the kind words! We appreciate the support and look forward to serving you again soon!
Dinner with friends
Hi Melissa! Thank you for the review! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed a night out with your friends! We look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
They were having major issues. They could not get us any food until an hour 15 minutes after we ordered. They could never produce the bruschetta appetizer for us or another table. I shared my husband’s salad because they couldn’t produce my kale salad. Our entrees finally arrived. And then dessert. Several tables walked out because food was taking so long to come out. Our server did the best he could with the situation and basically got us any salad he could so we had something to eat. The manager came to the table but blamed the special menu and having issues with bruschetta and pomodoro sauce. I’d expect an Italian restaurant to be able to handle those things. They ended up comping us over 3/4 of our bill because the night was so bad. This was our 20th anniversary. Not what we expected. Won’t take the chance and go back. Total mess in the kitchen. Our server got a significant amount of the bill comped, but the manager never showed up again.
Hi Tina, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. You are very accurate in stating we were having issues! Unfortunately, we were having a very off night and it resulted in poor food and service for the evening. We would love the opportunity to try to make this right. If possible, send us an email at info@maialinaindy with the subject line REVIEW so we can personally take care of this for you. We apologize that your experience was not what you expected. Thank you, Francesca
Our food was amazing, house wine delicious and a great value - only draw back was that the floor finish is a little too slippery (grasping for straws!)
Best part was our server - Alexis was the best!
Hello! Thank you for your review! We are trying to get our floors fixed because we agree with your statement! I'm happy to hear you otherwise enjoyed your evening with us. We look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
Good experience all around. Dinner for my wife and I was great. Service was great as was atmosphere. It’s also in a solid location at the Fountain Square Theatre. During certain seasons you can go up to rooftop for drinks before or after your dinner reservation.
Hi Dustin! Thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear you and your wife enjoyed dinner with us! We appreciate the kind words and hope to be able to serve you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
Opened for about a month and decided to the new place. We have a variety of appetizers and entrees between the group and found every one to be tasty/ well prepared and presented. Will have to come back
Hello Bob! Thank you for the review! I'm happy to hear your group enjoyed your evening with us! We look forward to having you guys back! Thank you for the support! Cheers! Francesca
Very happy Maialina opened in Indy. We needed an Italian restaurant like this. We’ll definitely be back.
Hello! Thanks so much for your review! We're happy to be in Fountain Square and appreciate the support! Looking forward to serving you again soon! -Cheers! Francesca
Great location and very attentive staff. Food was average and the best item by far was the dessert - tiramisu!
Hi Karen! Thank you for the review! I appreciate the honest feedback. Hopefully we can serve you again and provide you a better than average dinner! I will be sure to pass along your comments to our kitchen staff so we can use this to improve! Cheers! Francesca
The bruschetta with the fig jam and ricotta cheese is a meal itself. Very good! Had a nice glass of a Super Tuscany from Italy 🇮🇹
Hey Cindy! Thanks so much for the review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your bruschetta - it's one of our best sellers! We look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers! -Francesca
We had a reservation and arrived on time and we were told that it may be 10 min and to wait at the bar. The bar was completely full so we waited outside. Came back in 15 min and our table was still not ready. We were then told it would be another 30 min and they would call us when the table was cleared. We stood outside and in about 20 min someone came out and offered the two of us a table for 6. By this point it was past 8pm (our original reservation was for 7:30) and we were starving so we took the table set for 6. After we sat it was about 10 min before someone came and took our drink orders. I must also add that it was very hot and humid in the restaurant. Once we placed our order, we waited and the food arrived about 30 min later. I had the bolognese which had good flavor but the dish was watery. My husbands ravioli was ok but not extraordinary. We decided to settle up and go somewhere else for dessert. I will say, the staff was all very friendly which is nice but everything else was just “meh” which was totally disappointing since we spent our rare babysitter night here. We probably won’t return.
Hi Codi, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent experience. I'll be informing our management team about this and I appreciate your comments. We take all parts of our business seriously and will use this to grow from. I'm sorry to hear you won't return. I hope to use your feedback to improve our future operations to create a much better than "meh" experience. We apologize that your experience was not what you expected. Best, Francesca
Maialina is a lovely place and feels cozy. Nice that they take reservations too. The food was very good and not overly pricey . We enjoyed the bruschetta with whipped ricotta and fig jam especially. The only issue was slow service which is probably due to the restaurant being so new. I would definitely return and have already recommended to friends!
Hello Mel! Thank you for your review! I'm sorry to hear the service was slow when you were dining with us. Service is an important piece of our concept and we will be sure to improve. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
Prosciutto with melon was tasty. Mixed drink menu was ok... a little citrusy across the board but may be the Italian part there.
Main dishes were delish.
Overall was upper end of what I would expect for prices, so not a great value restaurant. Restaurant was pretty loud. Sounded more like a cafeteria than Italian restaurant. Would be good to invest in some ceiling sound panels to tone it down.
Hello Abe! I appreciate your feedback and will pass your comments along to our management team. We apologize that your experience was not what you expected. I hope we get the opportunity to serve you again and make it right! Best, Francesca
Had a few dishes including the Garlic Parmesan bread. Everything tasted great but I’d order a years supply of that bread. Definitely coming back !
Hey Sabrina! Thank you for your review! The garlic parmesan is one of my favorites as well! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us and we look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers! Francesca
The food was average. Our server was excellent.
Thank you for joining us, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the service! Obviously, our food is an important piece of our concept and we will be sure to try to improve and go beyond average! We appreciate your support and hope to be able to serve you again. -Best, Francesca
I was really looking forward to this restaurant opening and was sadly disappointed. Everything was just fair. I will give it another chance in the future. Hopefully was just an off night. Appetizers (mussels and truffle ricotta bruschetta) were really good.
Hi Sheila, Thank you for your honest feedback. We apologize that your experience was not what you expected. We take all parts of our business seriously and will use this to grow from. I hope we get the opportunity to serve you again and make it right! Thank you, Francesca
The reason you go to a restaurant is for the food and the four of us were very pleased with quality and quantity of our selections. They’ve only been open for a few weeks and we felt the time to prepare our dinners was a little on the slow side but the food made up for that. Our server checked back often and was very informed about menu selections.
Hey Bob! Thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your food! We are working every day to improve our ticket times, so hopefully we will be even better the next time you come visit! I appreciate your feedback and support! Cheers! Francesca
We were looking forward to dining here, and we weren't disappointed. There were only two slight distractions. It was a sunny early evening, and people who faced the upper windows were blinded for a while by the light. Hopefully, they will install automatic blinds up there, or perhaps tint the windows. Our server told us they were out of anchovies, and that was disappointing to two of us. However, this was only their second weekend since opening, so I am sure they will solve that problem. Our server was gracious, and he answered our question about the wine. The appetizers and dinners were all delicious. I ordered the best chicken parmesan ever. Two of the owners/managers came over at different times and asked how everything was. That was a plus. We will go back!
Hello! Thank you for the review! I'm happy to hear you had a nice evening with us! Unfortunately, the tint we did put on the top windows doesn't look like it's helping us out! Thank you for the honest feedback and suggestion for the blinds as we are looking for other solutions! We hope to be able to serve you again soon! Cheers! Francesca