We finally had a chance to visit Marcellino’s, and it was definitely worth the wait. This has been on my go-to list for a while, especially with ArizonaGirl’s recommendation as her favorite Italian restaurant, and accolades from other CHs.
A couple of weeks ago E and I met Mesachow and her husband when they were seated at our table for the Digestif Notorious P.I.G dinner. By the time we parted ways after a fun night, we had made plans to get together soon at Marcellino’s, a place that we had all been wanting to try.
We met in the cozy bar, where we were warmly greeted by Carrie, the bartender. I followed Mesachow’s lead and ordered the vodka cocktail made with housemade limoncello, while E ordered a glass of red. We enjoyed chatting with a couple of friendly regulars and Carrie for a while and then made our way to the table. Once seated, I ordered a glass of Antinori chardonnay and we decided on three appetizers to share – the eggplant rollatini with goat cheese special which Carrie recommended (and one of my favorites of the night), the beef carpaccio draped over a mound of lemony arugula and garnished with shaved raw mushrooms and Parmigiana Reggiano, and splurged on the tortelloni stuffed with puree of filet with a browned butter sauce and summer truffles. With such a nice start to the meal, we had to narrow down our entrée choices, which was difficult with all of the wonderful-sounding pasta specials in addition to the printed menu. I finally decided on the sundried tomato cavatelli special with “drunken” rabbit ragu (along with a wine chosen by our waiter as a young barolo), and E went with another special, the Santa Lucia - black cuttlefish ink fettucini loaded with mussels, clam, calamari, and lobster in a delicious tomato sauce. The rest of our party enjoyed the paccatelli with sausage ragu, and the porcini pasta special with lobster and truffle oil. We were full, with no room for dessert, so decided to retire to the bar for after-dinner drink, where John our waiter recommended a fantastic grappa for me, along with complimentary housemade limoncello.
We loved everything about Marcellino's – the friendly, professional and knowledgeable service, the wonderful homemade pastas, and the upscale yet comfortable atmosphere. We finished our night by chatting for a while with Marcellino and Sima at the bar about, what else, food and restaurants, and how I “heard” from Bill Hunt that they have an excellent wine list ; )
Such a nice couple who are passionate about the delicious food they serve at Marcellino’s. We had a great time with new friends and are planning on returning soon to following Sima’s suggestion for a Friday opera night.
My leftover cavatelli pasta was just as delicious the next day for lunch:
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