Had dinner there on our anniversary this past Sunday night. It was our second time there having loved our first visit just three weeks ago. There were only two other tables occupied when we arrived at 7 PM. It was a rainy chilling night and I knew that none of the suburbanites would dare trek into the city on this evening.
We thought it would be fun to order meat dishes and then ask to have a plate of ravioli on the side that we would share. We wanted this in place of potatoes and vegetables. In a very snippity arrogant manner, the waiter informed us that they do not serve any kind of pasta on the side and that, in fact, they never have spaghetti on the menu. What?? An Italian resturant in Philly that does not have spaghetti? Welcome to the new world of Italian cooking! So, I ordered the ravioli instead of the veal dish, but 10 minutes later, they informed me they were out of the ravioli. I then ordered the veal dish (24.00) which had proscuitto and cooked in a very rich porcini mushroom sauce. My wife ordered rack of lamb also 24.00. By the way, the special was Bronzino which was 33.00!! Nine bucks more then the original Bronzino charges.
For an appetizer we shared a delicious cold antipasto. It came with thin sliced prosciutto that was delicous, tomatoe and mozarello cheese, olives and artichokes. I had a wonderfully robust sangiavese the name of which I immediately forgot.
After the appetizer, we then waited exactly one hour for our entrees. The place was empty, but we waited an hour. The wait staff was nowhere to be found and they never apoligized. The rack of lamb was perfectly cooked and it too was served with a very rich sauce. We decided to eliminate dessert and instead walked over to Capo Giro.
Ironically, as good as the food was, I dont think we will go back. I cannot tolerate arrogance anywhere and to be proud that you dont serve spaghetti is way too New York city for me.
God Bless Marra's.