Waltham >Food & Dining > Ristorante Marcellino
11 Cooper St, Waltham, MA | Directions 0245342.371296 -71.234207
CLOSED: AUGUST 9th - AUGUST 26th
Drive by it......... – Sister and friends ate there about a week ago. Virtually nobody ir restaurant. Waited over 1.5 hours from time of ordering to time of getting food and they served 2 people first while other had a good wait. The served people waited to eat while food got cold. Others ordered well-done veal and FINALLY got their meals. All the veal was RAW inside, looked frozen. They took it back, one came back butterflyed and looked terrible and was not eaten. The other was still raw and she ate only tiny piece. At end of meal the capuccinos were almost cold. Place is dark and not too many customers and in fact lunch no longer served as of some time ago due to lack of customers. Minimal customer base would suggest that food cannot be fresh. I have eaten there once and it was mediocre. Best I can say is very poor service, questionable freshness, questionable cook skill, and few customers. You can judge, but my suggestion is to skip it.
Delish food, friendly service, beautiful atmosphere – I have been visiting Marcellino's for years and have been impressed each and every time! The food is always delish... from the app to the dinner to the dessert. The staff is always willing to answer any questions. I have also tried some wonderful wines....
I would highly recommend...
Great to get dinner and then go see a flick at the Waltham theatre.... but be sure to leave plenty of time... you don't want to rush this experience!
Great food and atmosphere. Coming into the restaurant is so pleasant that is just like walking into one's home... Food is amazing. I have a few favorites but def. need to highlight the Lobster Ravioli and the Risotto alla Pestatora!!! Amazing... I promise you won't need to add any salt or pepper to your food there. It has the right amount of seasoning. Coming by yourself, with your significant other, or a big group you'll get the best service. This place will def. surpass your expectations!!!
A real family restaurant! – My girlfriend and I go to this restaurant often because of the great food, the nice laid back (but classy) atmosphere and because it is a real family operated restaurant. I love the home made bread and the salami antipasto... also I recommend the linguine alle vongole and the tiramisu... and if you want to try something different ask for the "amaro del capo" liquor. The waiter told me they import it directly from italy.
It is just wonderful to see the actual owner of the place come around the check on things rather than like the usual corporate franchise eateries where everything feels so impersonal.
Prices are fair, but it can get crowded on occasion...
love this place! – we love everything from the homemade anitipasti plate to the pizzas to the homemade gnocchi's. never had a bad meal. be sure to try the chocolate espresso martinis as well!
owners and waitstaff make you feel like family!
Marcellino and Campania rest Best places to eat in Waltham – Best pasta(true italian) Lobester fra Diavola to die for.
The bread is better then the one we had in Italy, authentic antipastai like sopressata homemade and capicollo wich You can't find in stores. Well worth the visit. Also to mention rare wine that we never tasted before abosolutely unique and delicious.
Editorial Review – Waltham restaurant serves familiar Italian favorites in warm, welcoming environs.
If you were italian you would know! – Finally, i say finally a place where they serve real italian eatery.
What i liked so much about this place is that the atmosphere is great, the owner is always around and he makes sure that everyone is happy and full!
The "salmone fiorentine" that i got was very tasty, the salmon wood grilled, my husband got the veal chop, it was delicious.
Be aware there is no butter on the table so dont expect it, just like in italy..
Not Worth It – We were expecting a quiet, romantic Italian restaurant. The tables were packed together so we could barely move our chairs and it was noisy. Some of the dishes were good (chicken, steak) while others weren't (crab cakes, lamb). The mashed potatoes on all of our dishes were cold and bland. The tomatoes in the caprese salad were tasteless. The waiter couldn't tell us the difference between the lamb dishes on the menu. The girl who brought us our check was just wearing jeans. We weren't impressed at all. Not like the reviews we had read. Very disappointing.
Marcellino Has Potential, But Needs Work – I really want Ristorante Marcellino to be excellent, but it is only "good." It has the potential, but standard dishes like Pasta Aglio Olio are often re-interpreted by the chef from meal to meal. When I visited Marcellino for the fifth time, I ordered a mixed green salad that, when it arrived, was clearly Iceburg lettuce mixed with bits of radicchio. I also had the aforementioned pasta dish. Instead of receiving the comfortably spicey/garlic pasta I'd enjoyed in the past, I broke a sweat trying to eat the over-peppered concoction.
Marcellino doesn't fall completely short, though. It boasts an intimate dining area that isn't so closely packed as to make you feel like you're eavesdropping on your neighbors' conversation, and there's parking.
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