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Posted by Chris, Pittsburgh PA on 10/25/2005
I chose this restaurant on OCT 22nd after going to see the afternoon Chicago show because it's directly across the street from the Ambassador Theatre. It was a quick choice after waiting to try and get Brooke Shields autograph with no luck. I was told that bar seating was only available.. but dining alone, I didn't have a problem with it. After waiting nearly 15 minutes, the bartender finally took my drink order (at the time, there were only about 8 of us at the bar..small bar area too). I was disappointed in the slow service, but I wasn't in a hurry and craved a good Italian meal. From the time of ordering to the time of receiving the food ... wasn't too long. I've got to say.....the Pappardella Bolognese was SIMPLY FABULOUS! The portion was smaller than expected, but at $16, wasn't too bad for NYC. The merlot wine from Chile was very good as well. However, I would say the portion size of the pasta was that of a typical lunch portion. The pasta meal was just out-of-this-world-GOOD. I marked it as one of the best pasta dishes I've had traveling the US & Caribbean. If only the portion was larger. I did have a VERY LONG WAIT for my check though. I waited 1/2 hour to receive it. Due to show start times, others had to get going as well, but the waitress was in NO HURRY to check us out. I?ve never seen a bartender that slow. Would I return? Absolutely! ONLY if that bartender is NOT there.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2005
The portions were very small, and the prices were too high for the kind of italian food that they are serving. I live around this area, and I was convinced by the man standing outside that this was a great place to eat -- but boy was I wrong.
Posted by IknowNYCrestaurants on 07/24/2005
My wife and I chose this restaurant on a whim when we had exactly one hour before our show started. We were seated immediately, but it all went downhill from there. The restaurant has an identity crisis where it relates to the disco music being played - it was both loud and out of place. When we told them we were in a hurry, the service seemed to be fairly quick. The wine hostess sneered at us when we told her we weren't interested in drinking. I ordered a Caesar salad and the waitress suggested a freshly made mushroom filled ravioli as my entree. The Caesar salad was poor - it was small and seemed to be thrown together from scraps laying around the counter. The ravioli entree was also extremely small - about the size you'd expect an appetizer to be. There were a total of 4 raviolis on the plate. For $17.95 you'd definitely expect more. After I ate the entire entree, I hit the remaining bread - something I usually never do after a meal (until the busboy took the bread basket away). The total bill should have been half of what it was (~$60).
Posted by Dolceamore on 07/21/2005
The atmosphere was very dark (like a cave) and the loud music killed any romantic notions between me and my boyfriend. We had to shout at each other. Not good. Service needs improvement. Attractive staff lacks knowledge of menu and wine list. A little too much attitude for such a place. The food: Pepata di Cozze--short on mussels, full of salt. Skimpy antipasta plate. Insalata di pere--swimming in olive oil. Penne con Salmone wasn't bad. Needed a little more salmon; mostly penne. Not cheap. We expected a little more for our money. Better food and better service.
Posted by Vegas11 on 06/27/2005
I stumbled into this spot after taking my parents to a show. The chicken Parm was pretty tasty and the meat and cheese plate was great. The service was fine, but could have been more up to speed on the menu and wine. The value could have been better.
Posted by Giacomo on 03/10/2005
My wife and friends of ours recently ate at Da Marino. We were very excited because we had been there years ago and found it to be excellent. This time around it was just OK. The wonderful lobster tails over pasta is no longer on the menu. I ordered a pasta dish, which was good, but it was the size of an appetizer. I don't know about you, but when I order a pasta dish I expect to get more than a mouthful. Let's face it, pasta is cheap, so their dishes should be overflowing.
Posted by mkd on 03/09/2005
My wife and I had dinner at Da Marino on Valentine's day. The atmosphere was great, and all-in-all we had a nice meal. The grilled calamari app was awsome, and the entrees were very good. It was, however overpriced.