I was there last night around 7:30 and they are most certainly open. While I had never been to Mazzarino's prior to their closing I can still give you my newbie experience. Here's what my group ate:
* garlic bread - hot out of the oven, encrusted in parmesan cheese, delicious, and addictive
* minestrone - simple, nice, not overly salted which I seem to experience with minestrone many other places
* 9" pizza (mushrooms, sausage, and fresh basil) - Very good crust with gooey melted mozzarella, perfect amount of sauce, and cut into four slices. I liked the mushrooms and basil, but I prefer my sausage with a bit more spiciness.
* chicken mazzarino (chicken with roasted potatoes, onions, and carrots) - This was what I ordered and I loved it. The waitress said it takes a bit longer then the other dishes but it was worth the wait. It arrived as a half chicken, skin on, hidden under a pile of roasted carrots, potatoes, and onions. The chicken was fall off the bone moist, the potatoes were soft, the carrots were sweet, and the onions were tender. Everything worked together perfectly into a comforting kinda mash. It was a large portion so expect to take plenty home.
* baked penne (penne pasta, eggplant, ricotta, and mozzarella) - This was what my dad had and he cleaned the plate. I managed a taste and it was very good, especially the eggplant.
* chicken bruno - This was my girlfriends choice and I don't see it on the take home menu, so I'm not even sure if this is what it was called. It was sauteed chicken over penne with mushrooms in a brown sauce. I tried it and liked it, and she certainly seemed to enjoy it, but it wouldn't be my first choice at Mazzarino's. Out of everything that came to the table it was kinda bland in comparison.
The two options available for dessert that evening were tiramisu or a cannoli. Personally I would have gone with the tiramisu but it was girlfriends choice and she went with the cannoli. It came in a thin shell covered in crumbled pistachios. As far as cannoli's I suppose it was alright. Sweet, almost airy, and the pistachios were a great addition, but I kept thinking about that tiramisu.
Overall a very good night at Mazzarino's for the newbie. Service was slightly spotty, and I had to ask for the bread several times, but it seemed to pick up as the night wore on. It felt like they were still working the kinks out, but I'm positive as the year wears on Mazzaino's will find it's footing.
Mazzarino's Italian Restaurant
12920 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 91423
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