Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Marcellino's...Best Italian in Phoenix?

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Marcellino's...Best Italian in Phoenix?

I think so. I admit I haven't eaten at every Italian restaurant in the city but I have tried a good majority of them. Marcellino's is hands down above the rest. If you're looking for Chicken Parmesan this is not your place. But if you're looking for homemade pasta and fresh quality ingredients you will love Marcellino's.
My husband and I celebrated our 10 yr. wedding anniversary at Marcellino's this weekend. We started our meal with the mozzarella special. The mozzarella is imported from Italy which makes a big difference in this commonly found appetizer known as the Caprese. It's a more moist and tastier form of mozzarella than what's found in the states. Asparagus and prosciutto are also included to make this dish stand out even more.
As a main course I chose the rosemary infused parpadelle with a wild boar ragu. My husband went with the Fillet Mignon stuffed tortellone. Both dishes were fantastic. I was really surprised at the way the rosemary in my pasta stood out and mixed so perfectly with the wild boar. The tortellone were extra-large pasta stuffed with a puree of fillet and vegetables in a light tomato sauce. We followed our entrees with a piece of homemade ricotta cheesecake and some espresso. Marcellino's version of this traditional Italian dessert was superb. I would love to hear you're opinion on the best Italian restaurant in the valley. Please comment. Marcellino'sRistorante 1301 E Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85020 (602) 216-0004

1 comment:

  1. For an upscale Italian meal, Marcellino is indeed among the best in the Phoenix Metro Area. Some might overlook it due to its unglamorous strip mall location, but it delivers better food and value than many places in resorts or other high-profile settings.