Best ""real"" italian restaurant in the valley
The pasta dishes at Marcellino's are absolutely amazing. The fresh pasta presentation the servers bring to the table are always innovative and dazzling. I have always enjoyed everything I have ever eaten here. Even the ""non-pasta"" dishes are incredible. I must admit I cannot imagine eating at Marcellino's and not indulging in one of his pasta creations- as an appetizer, side dish, main course. I mean, come on, the man is known for his fresh homemade pastas. To not order pasta at Marcellino's is like ordering steak at The Ocean Club or going to Donovan's and ordering the fish special. I'm sure both dinners would be enjoyable, but you're missing what the restaurant does best. While I have enjoyed everything I have ever eaten here, some of my favorites include: the porcini pasta with lobster chunks in truffle oil; the cheese and pepper pasta with onions and pancetta ham; any stuffed pasta on the specials plate, and lest I forget, the Santa Lucia with lobster in shell on a bed of black squid-ink pasta with clams and calamari in a spicy marinara-bravisimo! The wine list is almost exclusively italian selections and although I am no wine expert in general, and especially uninformed on italian wines, I have always found the staff to be extremely knowledgable and helpful when selecting wine pairings with my food.
The ambiance is very comfortable. Both Sima and Marcellino are gracious hosts who sincerely welcome you as you walk through the door. The staff is extremely knowledgable about the wine and food. They are personable and professional. It seems like the same guys have been taking care of us since we started coming here almost four years ago. I think that says alot about a restaurant to hold on to their staff for so long. I know it sounds corny but, we really feel like family when we dine at Marcellino's. Everybody treats us like we are honored guests in their very own home. The food, the wine,the servers, Sima, Marcellino- we love everything!!!!