Rigatoni “D,” Maggiano’s Little Italy

The great thing about there being so many great Italian restaurants in this city is that while they all have a lot of the same menu items, they each have a signature dish that they have perfected. At Maggiano’s it’s the Rigatoni “D,” a heaping bowl of short, tube pasta with herbed chicken, whole button mushrooms and caramelized onions, all tossed in a creamy-yet-light and almost sweet Marsala sauce. $16, in Fashion Show, 732-2550.

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