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Ristorante Marcellino - Waltham -OUCH! (longish)

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Ristorante Marcellino - Waltham -OUCH! (longish)

Science Chick | Jul 30, 2004 09:26 AM

Checked out this spot last night. Recently reopened under new management. The room is a bit small for the number of tables, and the ambience certainly doesn't match up with the price point. We were initially quite shocked to find only one choice each of white and red wine by the glass......at $12/glass! Settled on a 1/2 bottle of Chianti Ruffino at $18, which was flavorful but lacked a bit of body. Bread and olives appeared quickly, but the bread disappointingly fluffy with a thin crust. Started out with the ensalada mista, an uninspired pile of field greens and nothing else...ended up throwing some of the olives on. I tried the gnoochi baked with tomato and mozzerella. These were probably the worst gnoochi I have ever had....tough, doughy and entirely without flavor, sitting in one of the blandest sauces in recent memory.....there wasn't even a basic tomato flavor to it. The BF had haddock, which was respectably fresh and moist. Again, though, uninspired with the basic bread crumb/butter topping, and a couple of undercooked jumbo shrimp thrown on the side. Mashed potatoes were competent and broccoli was strangely overcooked on the outside and undercooked inside!

We passed on any dessert/coffee and made it out of there for $85.00 including tip. Pretty miserable considering food quality and only 3 glasses of wine total.

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