12920 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA | Directions 9142334.157509 -118.414603
11am-10pm every day
Neighborhoods: South Valley, Valley Village
The Pizza with Garlic and Herb crust is fantastic! – Not the place for an italian dish, but the pizza is fantastic. Get it with their garlic and herb crust, side of marinara and some garlic bread will arrive. A high carb delight. It's even better the next day, cold with a can of Coke.
This is the worst "Italian" place I have ever seen! – Anyone who can boil water can apparently become an Italian "cook" here. This place is awful on so many levels! Poor service, long waits, not too clean. Spaghetti Bolognese, not a complicated or uncommon item on an Italian menu, was delivered by an unbelieving waiter who only shrugged when I asked just what had happened. This was terrible...a plate of overcooked spaghetti with a variety of left over vegetable and a few chuncks of dry hamburger....like a collegiate dinner on the run...truly, this place is the pits..and I am not picky...
RUDEST TREATMENT I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN A RESTAURANT. Can't remember if the food was any good. – There's no shortage of places in the valley to get a decent Italian meal. That's why the unbelievably rude treatment we were given last night is so shocking. Not just to our table, but to everyone in the restaurant.
As we were finishing our meal, the waitress asked if we would mind paying the bill so that they could close the register. "Please feel free to hang out and socialize. We just want to close the register," she said. "No Problem," we replied and paid our bills. Less than 10 minutes later, a guy storms out of the kitchen - not sure whether he was the cook or the owner - and angrily scolds the entire restaurant (We were not the only party there.) We are closed! You've been told to leave, so it's time for you people to get out of here."
The waitress attempted to apologize for his behavior, but my god. What kind of person does that? At no time did anyone say, "I'm so sorry, but we'd like to close up shop. Would you mind wrapping it up?" Nothing like that. LItterally a hostile rude verbal attack on the people who had just spent a bunch of money in your restaurant. The people at the next table over were as shocked as we were. I guess they don't like having customers in their restaurant on a Friday night. Well I'm going to do my best to make sure they never have to deal with that again. I'm going to warn everyone I know about this place.
Straightforward Italian food and no-frills atmosphere for non-fussy families. – In Short
Mazzarino's is a low-key restaurant with home-style cooking and no fancy frills. The candlelight illuminates red gingham tableclothes, lacy curtains and plastic plants. The food is a similarly straightforward Italian menu with staples like simple salads, pasta dishes and pizzas. Thick-crust vegetarian pizza is topped with artichoke, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and peppers, while more sophisticated choices include halibut pignolia and lasagna. Tiramisu or tartufo with cappuccino ice cream top off the meal.
Good pizza – I really like the pizza here. The crust is thick on the ends and gets thinner toward the middle. The toppings are large and are good quality. What really stands out is the oooey gooey cheese that is so soft & creamy tasting, definately not your ordinary mozzerella. No matter what size pizza you order, they cut it into eight slices. If you order the XL size, beware!!! It's really big; it's hard to get it into your car & the box won't even fit in my refrigerator!! They also have good minestrone soup and garlic bread.
Average Italian Fare, Pricey, Quiet Atmosphere – We went on a Friday night and the restaurant was 1/4 full at 8:30p. The wait staff was polite. The food came out quickly. The eggplant parm was alright. The spinach fettucini was tasty as was the marinara. An order of meatballs (2) @ 4.95 and were of average size and taste (roughly 1 1/2 inches in diameter). The bill came out to $46 with tip for 2 people (1 beer & 2 main dishes). Though the atmosphere was overall pleasant and wait staff nice, the convenience didn't out weigh the bill and average fare.
NEW DISAPPOINTMENT – I usually would dine here 2-3 times weekly and it has been going down hill. Either the staff has been cut or the waiters just don't care as they all sit in the kitchen talking and watching TV. The food can be enjoyable but they have lost their neighborhood edge to other Italian restaurants as of May 28, 2006. They have done a 20% increase on prices putting them out of range for a neighborhood rest. They charge $3.00 for delivery and I was told NOT ONE PENNY goes to drivers for gas increases etc. Overall not worth the cost.
Good pastas! – After seeing an ad in the paper about this place, we thought we'd give it a try. Went on a late Sunday afternoon...great time to go...and had the place to ourselves and just a few others. The pastas were great! Had the Carbonara and a light pasta with bow tie pasta, peas, garlic and prosciutto. Also ordered a pizza, which was just okay. The garlic bread was awesome!
Italian food done right – My dining experience at Mazzarino's was very memorable. The homemade garlic bread is INCREDIBLE and comes complementary with every dine-in order. The staff were attentive and the food was dee-lish. I ordered the kitchen salad, a side of sausage and meatballs and the gnocchi with pink sauce--and then spiced up a bit. The pink sauce tasted out of this world. Apparently it is a hybrid of thier alfredo and (in my case) meat/marinara sauce. I'm a picky one with a leaning for the spicy and the cooks nailed it with a little added touch of garlic and tomatoes. Mixed up with the gnocci, every bite became jealous of the last... I suggest it with every taste-bud in my mouth!
WOW - One of the BEST Italian Food Places EVER – Italian food is my favorite, and I'm rather picky about it. Mazzarino's is one of the best places for your favorite, authentic, down-home Italian grub. SO GOOD. The dishes are killer and the bread is to die for. There are so many great staples here, I wouldn't know where to begin with the recommendations.
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