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Posted by Amazing Find on 06/12/2007
I was recommended by a friend about a few weeks ago, and decided to check it out with my bf. First and foremost, what great service! The second we walked in, we were greeted with smiling and freindly faces. Our waiter was by far the best we've had in nyc in a long long time. Professional, attentive, pleasant and efficient. The amazing thing was my bf was wiping off a stain on his shirt and without even asking, our waiter brought over a glass of club soda and napkins. That's what we call service. We ordered fried calamari, pizza and chicken mario. All were delicious, and the portion........wow. The small pizza we ordered was humongous. If I must critized, the only improvement Mario's Trattoria need is to get a bigger space. We were not very comfortable at our tiny table. All in all, Mario's is a blossoming gem.
Posted by trenker on 06/02/2007
After reading such glowing reviews, I was excited to try this place out! We walked in to delicious smells, and we thought for sure we had found a gem. Think again!! The food was mediocre at best, just a touch better than what you might find in a diner. Chicken Francaise dish was too salty, ravioli special was gummy. All food lacked anything special. Pasta primavera was "pretty good", the best of the three entrees. Not what I was anticipating. Perhaps we should have gone with pizza. I didn't particularly think it was a bargain. For a group of 3 of us, seating was uncomfortable at best. Cramped and tight and constantly being bumped. Service was attentive, but wired/caffeinated! Our waiter kept saying "no rush, don't rush" which only had the opposite effect! We had a good time anyway, but trust me, it had nothing to do with the food. Perhaps the West 30's needs a little time to find a true "find"!
Posted by AutoShow Gem on 05/03/2007
Me and my gf were also at the auto show in NYC and decided to walk and randomly run into a "cute" restaurant (as she called it) so we ended up seeing Mario's from the street over and decided to give it a try. I couldn't believe how amazing the food was and service was. Not only did the waiters not bother us too much, our wine glasses were always refilled without asking, any requests were taken care of very promptly and the food was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere was excellent though the size was a little small... maybe that adds to the charm. All in all LOVED IT... try it out!
Posted by Hot Rod on 04/11/2007
My buddy and I stumbled on to Mario's after the Auto Show (there are no places around the Javits Center). It was packed. Menu is diverse and food is good , although we didn't have the pizza. It looked delicious though. Try the Veal Dinarde. Prices are very reasonable for the city. Any time you can find a place that provides pasta with their main dishes (i.e. Parmigiana, Marsala, Francese, etc.), you know the value is great. Will definitely come back with my wife. Only downside is it is small so prepare to wait or make a reservation. By Zagat standards, it's quaint. This place won't stay hidden for long.
Posted by ctwosee & friends on 04/09/2007
We had three criteria: 1) close to the Javits Ctr 2) 8 people on Good Friday, which meant 3) no meat.. They were very accommodating to our large party, and I disagree with the people who walked out saying "the service isn't very good here". The service and food were excellent. Reasonable prices, too. After dinner, we walked over to the National Comedy Theater - one block away. I'll go back and try the brick oven pizza! There aren't too many other restaurants in that area (south of 42nd), so Mario's should continue to do well.
Posted by Ms. Soho on 02/28/2007
This was an unexpected TERRIFIC find in the neighborhood. Everything was great about this place-- the pizza was mouth-watering delicious. Thin brick oven crust, plenty of toppings, fresh-- made right when you order. The service was excellent. The waiters were very courteous and attentative. The ambiance and decor was perfect for either a small group of friends or a date. I'm definitely bringing my boyfriend here with me next time. The only thing is, it's not too big of a place... I would not recommend a party over 4 or 5 people. And I'd recommend making reservations during the "peak" hours of the day.
Posted by Weatherguy on 02/28/2007
There are a myriad of different Italian Restaurants in Hells Kitchen, but this one stands out. Since it's opening, which was fairly recent, this place has been packed and now I know why. The food was inexpensive, plentiful, and delicious; The staff was extremely attentive and friendly; The decor was very cool and very cosy. Only thing I was sad to see was a short wine list....Though this usually grows in time.