6001 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.083590 -118.331127
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park
HORRIBLE – Was there for a private party this week and thought the service, food, everything was horrible. Have been there several other times over the years and was SHOCKED by the evening spent at what we use to know as a great place to celebrate!!!! This will be my last time @ Marino's unless this establishment personally calls the host of this party and does something to take away the horrible memory of a party gone very bad!!! If you did not have the staff to serve and cook you should have done it yourself Mario Jr........the food was just plain terrible...........and the sevice was even worse....how can you do that to folks who have supported your establishment for so many years?
LA's BEST Family Italian Restaurant – The Marino Family provides a genuine, impeccable Italian dining experience...an artform which has unfortunately been completely lost in the monotony of the massive chains and ego's of the "Top Chefs" restaurants of the LA. This family run restaurant is HANDS DOWN the best food, and dining experience in Los Angeles.
EXCELLENT ITALIAN RESTAURANT – I've been a regular at Marino's for the last 15years!!!
This is undoubtedly a TOP Italian Restaurant in LA. 10/10
The last time – 1/9/11
Saturday night, 8PM reservation. Obviously overbooked, a 40 minute wait. Bad service due to only 2 waiters and a party in the back room. I've eaten here for years. When the old man ran it, it was different. The son upsold me a bottle of character-less wine. Lately the prices are getting higher and the portions smaller. It's not a cheap place to eat, and I don't really see the need for me to return. This is LA...lots of other restaurants...
My favourite Italian restaurant in LA – Why didn't I hear of this place before???
My girlfriend suggested Marino's Restaurant last night and
here it is: I found my favorite Italian restaurant in LA!!!
Food is amaziiiiiing!! Service impeccable and.....there's no better space for a flirty, romantic meal!! 10/10
Great sauce! – 1st time here and very satisfied. I got a made to order eggplant parmesan dinner. It was really great. The tomato sauce was sooo good. It was a medium-red sauce as apposed to some other bright-red sauces I've had around town. It was DEFINITELY old school and traditional! Loved it :)
Overall exceptional experience – Having been a server for many years, I recognize a professional when I come across one. Some of the best service I have had at any restaurant. Food was very good as well.
Great pizza anywhere – I have been ordering the pizza with sausage & mushrooms for a couple of years. I order it from the take-out which is right next door to the restaurant. It is by far the best pizza in LA. I have tasted them all from Spago to Mozza and I rather have a Marino's pizza. The owners/staff are always very warm & friendly. When I read the comments from the reviewer who gave Marino's 1 star I just had to put in my 2 cents. Can't imagine that happening.
5 stars? – We arrived at 7:30 on a Tuesday night, sans reservation. Only a few tables were occupied, and the owner seated us good-naturedly. Bread and butter were brought promptly. There were only two red wines on the list below $40. I asked our waiter about a wine listed as both Zin and rose. Our waiter seemed as confused by that as I, so I asked to see the bottle. The owner heard ?rose? and appeared with one just as the waiter brought what turned out to be a white zinfandel. I asked the waiter for the other sub-$40 wine, a Terrabianca Chianti, which, at $36, is an excellent value. The waiter brought the chianti promptly, but the owner, evidently heard me say ?Zinfandel,? and appeared at the same time with a Zin not on the list. I said the Chianti would be fine, which seemed to upset him. He didn?t speak to us again for the rest of the evening, although he chatted with the other tables. He did, however, loudly call our waiter an obscenity a few minutes later. My friend had clams with linguine, I ordered the special wild mushroom risotto. We split a Caesar salad. The salad came immediately, however it was a full 30 minutes before our entrees appeared. We barely had a taste before the waiter asked how everything was. My friend said fine. I was noncommittal--my plate gave off an unpleasant odor, like mildew, and had an off taste. He left and didn?t come near our table again for an hour. It only took two more bites to decide my entree was seriously off. The clams in my friend?s linguine were good, but the pasta tasted of burnt garlic. About fifty minutes later, the bus boy asked if we were done. We said we were, and he took my full plate without comment. Ten minutes later the waiter appeared, asking if we wanted coffee. We said, no, just the check. I told him I couldn?t eat my meal, and he said it would be taken care of. It wasn?t?it remained on the check, and no one at any time asked why I hadn?t eaten my entree. I can?t remember a more unpleasant dining experience.
Better with Aged? – If our reservation was made for earlier than 9:30pm, our experience may have been better.
When we arrived, we were greeted and seated by Mr. Marino (Sr.), but would never be acknowledged again by him for the rest of our stay. Now normally, I wouldn't think twice about this sort of matter. What made his absence at our table strange is that he spent ample time chatting with the other three parties there. The other diners were in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, I couldn't help but notice.
Our first server rattled off the nightly specials to us in a thick, non-italian accent without once looking us in the eye. When we informed our server that we do not drink alcohol, he gave us a quick blank stare, and suggested an italian sparkling water. We never saw that waiter again. A few minutes later, a busboy (?) shyly took our order.
The Lasagna Al Forno was near perfection...mild marinara, smooth ricotta, high-grade mozzarella, sumptuous noodles. The problem was that I had to remove seven tiny bones from the ground beef. I couldn't bring myself to send it back because by the time our food was served, it was obvious that the entire staff was anxiously closing up even though it was only a few minutes after 10:00pm. My husband's Costolette Di Maiale Ripiene (stuffed pork chops) was a let-down. To be brief, the dish was served lukewarm, and the pork was a bit tough. A bigger shame was the mashed potatoes that tasted suspiciously like instant potato flakes.
As we ate, we clearly heard the clamoring sounds of closing...even the recorded music was turned off and the lights were ridiculously dimmed during our last bites. Our second waiter seemed relieved to hear that we weren't staying for coffee and dessert. We may have had to lock up after ourselves if we had.
Again, as mentioned, our experience would have been a more positive one if our reservation was earlier, or if we were wine drinkers, or maybe even perhaps if we were older, but should that matter?
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