Hours of operation: Seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (not open on Christmas)
Although I already knew what I wanted, Mom decided to check out the other options in the menu. She has been eating at Magoni's for as long as I've been alive, and this is by far one of her favorite restaurants. The friendly waitress in her Magoni's uniform came over and asked for our drink order. Mom ordered a Coke, but they only carry Pepsi and Mom didn't mind the switch. I ordered a Diet Pepsi and they quickly arrived in plastic Pepsi glasses. After bringing the drinks, we placed our order with the waitress. I ordered my favorite - the fettuccine alfredo for $10.95 (comes with soup, salad or chowder). You can add broccoli and chicken for an extra $2, but I chose not to and picked white clam chowder as my starter. Mom chose my sister's favorite - the boneless fried chicken (with cranberry sauce) for $11.95. It comes with your choice of potatoes and vegetables or pasta. It also comes with soup, salad or chowder. Mom opted for pasta and minestrone soup.The soups arrived quickly (with oyster crackers) along with a small loaf of bread cut in five slices. There was no butter on the table so I went on a quick hunt to track some down. Both soups were deliciously hot and the bread was delicious. I opted to dip my bread into the chowder for an added treat. As we waited for our meal, I watched the Keno game on a nearby TV and listened to the couple next to us as they tried to figure out what to order. Apparently they had never been to a restaurant before because they were scrutinizing over every menu detail. A little while after we finished the soups, the waitress brought over some of Magoni's signature dessert - the sugar-topped cinnamon sticks. There were four on the plate and Mom and I each ate one before our meal arrived. They were hot and delicious - as always. We left the other two on the plate and put the plate to the side to wait for our entrees. The waitress quickly came back to apologize if our meals were a little late because the entire staff was waiting on a party of 120 in the large green room behind the double doors.
The food arrived at 8:20 p.m. and it was steaming hot. My fettuccine was topped with parsley and came with a spoon to assist me in twirling the pasta. Mom had two beautiful pieces of fried chicken along with a small plastic cup of cranberry sauce which she cast aside (she doesn't like cranberry sauce). Her pasta was steaming and was topped with marinara sauce. The waitress asked us if we would like some grated cheese but we both declined and dug in. My fettuccine was the usual consistency and the alfredo sauce was outstanding. It had been a little cheesier on past visits, but even despite this it was absolutely wonderful. Mom scarfed down her pasta and chicken which I stole a piece of. It was pure white meat with crispy fried skin and an almost buttery taste. Because the portions were so large, I left a few strands of pasta behind and Mom left about five tiny pieces of chicken. Although we were stuffed, we did find room to finish off those last two cinnamon sticks that were waiting for us on the table. The price is definitely well worth paying for the amount of food you get.
The waitress cleared our plates and asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. We declined, and so she brought over the paper bill at 8:40 p.m. The total came to $28.14. Here is a rundown of the bill:
1 *Coke - $1.95
1 *Diet Coke - $1.95
1 Boneless chicken - $11.95
1 Fettuccine alfredo - $10.95
Subtotal - $26.80
Tax - $1.34
Total = $28.14
*Although the bill stated that we had Coke, we actually had Pepsi.
We left $34 on the table which included a 20% tip for the waitress. Although we have been to the bathrooms in the past, we did not use them on this visit. There are two stalls in the women's unit and it is generally clean. We said goodbye to the hostess and opted not to take a mint before leaving. They do not offer a paper take-out menu to take home (Mom collects them). Mom and I had already rated this restaurant a 5 (excellent) because of previous experiences, and this visit was no different. Magoni's is definitely five-star and I look forward to my next journey over the bridge to this Somerset gem.