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Posted by CVConnell on 09/20/2012
My husband and I have been dining at Marchi's whenever we get in to the City, for at least the past 40 years. This place is wonderful! It probably won't appeal to those who have only encountered heavily seasoned, garlicky, tomato-based "Italian", but if you have a discerning palate, their food is really special. Our particular favorites on their fixed menu are the (non-tomato-based) lasagne, and the crema fritta dessert. My only disappointment, if one can call it that, is that they have replaced the lovely whiting they used to serve as the fish course with cod.
Posted by positiveguy on 06/16/2011
Took my Grandma here because she came here as a kid. The only thing I can say nice is that our server was a nice guy. The food was so boring and bland. They serve the same meal to every customer, everyday. You would think they would have it perfected by now. The price was very high for such low quality. Even my grandma was disappointed. Don't waste your time!
Posted by newyorkvisitor on 07/20/2010
The best part of this place is the totally unique dining experience-- the food itself is not remarkable, but if you get hung up on that you'll be missing a real treat of an evening- especially if the weather is agreeable and you can eat outside in the garden-- Go!
Posted by Alejandro on 06/15/2010
The restaurant has a great garden and superb service, the only thing that I didnt like was the food.
Posted by Randy on 12/10/2009
My family has been coming to Marchi's for over 20 years, mostly to celebrate special occasions. The same "menu" has been offered (with some small variations) which has consistently kept us coming back. That probably makes me a "newbie" to this 80 year old family establishment. No menu to choose from; the same 5 courses offered each day, including chicken, veal, fish, lasagna, fruit and veggies. Nothing "fancy," just clean, classic, true Italian food. The lasagna (from the homemade pasta to the bolognese sauce) is the best that I have ever tasted. Get it while Mr. Marchi is still making it. The dessert of fresh fruit, cheese and fritter is not the gooey and sweet stuff that I'd prefer, but is a clean way to end a clean, understated, classic meal. There is enough food to feel full, but I never leave feeling gorged. I can't imagine NYC without it. That said, the city has a vast array of Italian restaurants. I would strongly recommend Marchi's for anyone interested in a relatively quiet, no hassle, classic meal. However, this is not for everybody. A $50, 5 course meal can be out of reach and for the tourist who prefers an over-the-top experience or The Olive Garden, there are probably better choices. After all of my visits, the only thing I wish would be different at Marchi's is I wish they'd offer second servings on their lasagna. I've tried, but the waiter just smiles (as if he's heard that request before) and tells me that I need to save room for the courses to come.
Posted by Joe and Patti on 10/19/2009
We arrived with a tour that picked this resturaunt. The antipasto was ridiculously large celery, radishes and other veggies very unappealing presentation for hungry tourists. The lasagna was very mushy and tiny portions, not much flavor. The fish was good. The chicken we received had about 2 bites and the veal the same not much flavor The serving sizes were to small for the 6 at our table. The lemon dessert was 1 bite also. The best part was the bread basket Most of the tour ended up getting food after our 3hr meal. We are both Italians and cook. I would never reccomend this resturaunt.
Posted by phyllis & sam on 04/17/2008
had a small party tonight for 10 people,the food was delicious ample prepared simply and served elegantly there was ample food served. if not morethan enough. Left not feeling uncomfortably stuffed. Each course was delicious, prepared well, food clearly fresh and not overspiced made just right Atmosphere was elegant simple and comfortable. Was there over 50 years ago and the quality has not changed, it was elegant then and is now. Same family runs it and they are very hospitable