6001 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.083590 -118.331127
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park
Old-fashioned ambience and charming service complement traditional Italian fare. – In Short
While the majority of diners at this family-run Italian eatery are well-heeled industry types, casual is the accepted dress code. Kitschy paintings crowd the walls of the mauve-colored main dining room, which is bathed in a flattering soft lights. With an extensive menu and up to a dozen nightly specials, the choices are plenty, like baby artichoke appetizers with bubbling mozzarella, and a New York steak sautéed with hot peppers, red wine and tomatoes.
Our Favorite LA Spot – I found this place by accident on my birthday four years ago. After going there twice and seeing the hospitality of the Marino family, I decided to make a point of becoming a regular. I love being greeted at the door with a kiss from Mario Jr and table visits from Mario Sr. We go to Marino's for all our special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. We also take out of town guests there. My husband even proposed right outside the restaurant and we celebrated with a very private romantic dinner in the back room.
The food is great, the wine is wonderful and the service and attention is incredible. I haven't had a meal I didn't like. I think my favorite meal is the Four Course Dinner Special. They require four people minimum and the whole table has to order it so someone isn't left waiting for food while everyone else is eating. If you are looking for a relaxed meal try this.
Nice Quiet Dinner – I choose this restaurant based on the reviews in this profile and was not disappointed. When we arrived we were greeted with friendly smiles and promptly seated. For Dinner i had the Chicken Parmesan which came with a small mix of veggies; it was very good and happily finished my plate. My Date had the Meat Lasagna which is served alone; I had a few bites and it was delicious. The Staff at Marino's is very friendly and never gave the feeling of being hovered. The restaurant is very small and recommend reservations.
For a GREAT MEAL! – A perfect place for an intimate evening. The lamb seared with sweet and hot peppers is spectacular and the Tira Misu is perhaps the best in LA. Try the antipasta salad, you won't be disappointed.
MAMA MIA – This is a great place....wonderful family-owned restaurant. The food is magnifico!
Great Dining Experience – I practically live steps away from this restaurant and don't frequent it as much as I should. The food, the decor, the service have always been top notch. All the dishes I've had are good. The spinach salad is amazing and the ravioli or the risotto gets my vote.
You won't be disappointed; this is a great date place, quiet enough to have a conversation without the stuffiness.
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