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Posted by Miss Murray Hill on 04/12/2008
I was very excited to try this place considering all the rave reviews! It was NOT good! I ordered the Penne Aurora (being told it was comparable to penne alla vodka when I called and asked) not only was it not good, but I had both my roommates try it and they both disliked it. I also ordered a mix appetizer of the stuffed mushrooms and the eggplant rolotini... the mushrooms were OK, and the eggplant rolotini was presumably better than the rest, but not the best I've ever had... basically on the level of frozen food being warmed up type of deal. The penne aurora was thrown away completely... the best part of the meal was the two bread rolls included and the butter! No joke!
Posted by dumpy on 02/28/2008
Definitely a decent surprise. The pasta is really amazing. And it comes with a huge free salad. Server is friendly. I passed by it a few times it was crowded. Too bad the place felt like a fast food place last time I went. And it wasnt busy ... That's why I gave a 2 in atomsphere. Will definitely go back as I live in the area. Hidden gem
Posted by steph on 12/09/2007
the soups are great and for the price wh0 can complain---except for the chicken veggie it sucks it's just broth mostly!--but the beef veggie, lentil, broccoli rabe and pumpkin are really good, I've only tried the penne aurora pasta its soo good!
Posted by Arlene on 11/30/2007
Although Lamarca has been in my neighborhood for years, just tried it last night. Oh my G_d. It was so delicious, there are no words. I took out the low fat pasta meal. Al dente pasta (cooked to perfection) with olive oil & garlic, herbs, & spices. Mixed with some fresh tomatoes & I think capers and a little bit of cheese. The best ever!! Couldn't stop eating it. Rolls are fresh, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. Staff was pleasant & very accommodating. Decor is plain but pleasant. But it's the food that makes you forget where you and makes you come back for more. It's the best kept secret in Manhattan. I can't wait to try another dish.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/04/2007
Hands down, best restaurant in the area for the cost-conscious. Soups are unfailingly delicious -- they taste like homemade. Pastas are fresh and tasty. All for under $15 (under $10 at lunchtime). I've never had a bad meal here. Thank you, Mr. Lamarca!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/30/2007
I eat at Lamarca at least once a week. It is amazing. The spicy tomatoe sauce, the meatballs, even the whole wheat pasta! Service is friendly.
Posted by Mayra on 10/14/2007
La Marca is one of my favorite Italian restaurants here in Manhattan. It is modest and unpretentious but the food is consistently delicious. The wine is inexpensive, the house dressing is homemade and great. Try the involtini pasta with the sage sauce or the pesto. The service is always friendly which can be rare here in the city.