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Maggiano’s Little Italy: Authentic Italian Fare in King of Prussia

August 25, 2015 11:29 am

A cut above other Italian chain restaurants, according to customers, Maggiano's Little Italy is a top contender for its atmosphere as much as its cuisine and cocktails. Despite having four locations sprinkled throughout the Philadelphia area, each Maggiano's feels like a distinctive restaurant thanks to the crisp white table linens and lively ambience (perhaps, at times, a bit too noisy, say some customers).

The chicken and spinach manicotti garners the highest praise from KoP customers, according to reviews, but the menu is extensive. Try a classic or specialty pasta dish, such as the signature Rigatoni "D" with herb-roasted chicken and caramelized onions and mushrooms in a Marsala cream sauce. Or order a more substantial entree such as veal parmesan or center-cut filet mignon. The seafood options are also extensive, encompassing everything from linguine and clams to balsamic-glazed salmon, as is the list of wines and other drinks.

Maggiano's Little Italy
205 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 992-3333

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Affamato’s: Piece of the Pie

August 18, 2015 3:03 pm

Pennsylvania has plenty of Italian restaurants, but few win as much praise from locals as Affamato’s in Norristown. This is a totally unpretentious neighborhood joint that doesn’t do anything fancy, but executes every meal with attention to detail and recipes grabbed straight from an Italian grandmother’s cookbook. The food at Affamato’s is comforting and hearty, and the portion sizes are truly large. The pasta dishes win raves from regulars, with the spaghetti in vodka sauce a favorite. The hand-made meatballs are also spectacular, perfectly moist and savory. Pizza is good as well, with sizable pies topped with a flavorful sauce and a variety of toppings. Some combinations that win raves are the chicken Florentine and the cheesesteak pizza. Speaking of that, sandwich fans also have a lot to love here, with some patrons claiming the best cheesesteaks outside of Philly can be had here. Prices are fair and service is fast and friendly.

431 S. Trooper Road
Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 666-6800

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Must-Know Tips When Shopping for Furniture on a Budget

August 11, 2015 10:08 am

With sofas costing upwards of $1,000 and many discount furniture stores sacrificing quality for a lower price tag, it may seem impossible to furnish your home on a budget. If you know what to look for, however, you can afford to invest in some new furnishings without breaking the bank. Here are some smart tips for budget-savvy furniture shopping.

  • Consider the time of year. Most furniture stores release their new collections in February and August, so they’ll likely try to clear out their old inventory in January and July. As long as you don’t mind having last season’s styles, you can usually find a great price around this time.
  • Check online. You can often find better deals on furniture by shopping clearance websites like and Amazon. You also might get free shipping by spending more than a certain amount.
  • Buy secondhand. Another person’s mistake might be your gain when it comes to furniture. Check sites like Craigslist to find brand new sofas, beds, and other items that didn’t work in someone else’s home.
  • Check consignment stores. If you don’t mind gently used furniture, thrift shops and consignment stores often have great deals on fairly modern styles. Check back often, as you never know what they’ll have from day to day.

How to Choose Furniture on a Budget [Overstock]
4 Tips for Finding Budget-Friendly Furniture [U.S. News]
Best Places to Find Budget Furniture [About Home]

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