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About Marcellino Ristorante
The secrets of authentic Italian cuisine are proudly showcased by the man who creates the most innovative dishes this side of heaven. Let Chef Marcellino mesmerize your palate any night of the week with hand-crafted, naturally flavored pastas [saffron, squid ink, cacio e pepe, etc.]; heaps of crustaceans; wild game; reduction sauces; seasonal truffles and more. Seeking simplicity? Scialatielli alle Vongole. Comfort food? Gnocchi so light and sumptuous they'll make you sigh. Decadence? Porcini-infused Fettuccine, sautéed with generous amounts of lobster, shitake mushrooms and a white truffle drizzle. Vegetarian: Fettucine Contadina with a dollop of ricotta. Vegan and no-gluten options available; please allow extra preparation time or provide advance notice if possible. Celebrate your next occasion with us, and share the delicious, old-World elegance of a Marcellino experience with your family & friends!
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Italian, European, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday 12pm - 3
Monday - Thursday 4 - 10
Friday - Saturday 4 - 11
Sunday 4 - 9
[Dark on certain holidays and for two weeks every July]
We will be closed for summer vacation July 16th through August 2nd, Re-open August 3rd for dinner at 4pm.
Camelback Road/Scottsdale Road
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz 6 - 9 pm
Big Band, Swing, R&B & more 7 - 10 pm
Dream of celebrating your Wedding, a special Anniversary, or milestone Birthday in Italy? Taking 50 or 100 of your closest family & friends to the Italian countryside may be a fantasy, but having Chef Marcellino bring authentic Italian cuisine to your location is entirely possible. Have a festa all'italiana right here in Arizona, no passports required.
GARAGE Free, public parking directly beneath us. Enter on West side of Stetson Drive, between 5th & 6th Avenues. Marcellino is most easily accessed by the circular stairway or elevator/stairwell just directly adjacent.
VALET Stetson Dr just North of 6th Ave, or corner of 6th Ave & Stetson near the Clock Tower
STREET 5th or 6th Avenues, Craftsman Court, Marshall Way
NORDSTROM GARAGE a short walk across the pedestrian bridge over the canal.
Downtown Scottsdale's free, public 'Olley the Trolley' -- running every 10 minutes from Scottsdale Fashion Square and numerous stops throughout Old Town.
Hospitality Trolley: Between several nearby resorts and the downtown area, runs January-March only.
Chef Marcellino Verzino
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
SUMMER SUPPER: $35 tasting menu available nightly through September 12th: Prosecco | Antipasto choice | Secondo choice | Biscotti
LITE BITES: 4:00 - 6:00 pm daily at the bar
BAR: Ideal for solo dining or 2-3 guests short on time. C.E., David & Lucky are delighted to pour your preferred vino, shake up your favorite cocktail or tempt you to try something new.
TO GO: Call ahead & we'll have it ready at the time you specify.
Whether celebrating special occasions with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Marcellino Ristorante can accommodate all your special event needs.
Marcellino Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
I have eaten at Marcellino's 4 or 5 times now, and always recommend it to friends and visitors. I grew up in New York and spent some time in Italy, and this is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten in, the best of Northern Italian, Southern Italian, and Scottsdale creative cuisine. Delicious home-made pastas, we also had tasty mussels (one of us had white sauce, other red, both great), and perfectly done salmon with the lunch special (including a glass of vino for a great deal). Server yesterday, I think her name was Jessica, made the experience even better, she was comfortable, casual, and funny (not pretentious, which can happen with food this good). You always see Marcellino back in the kitchen, so you know he's not just phoning it in, but making sure it's all done right.
It was our 58th wedding anniversary. Service was attentive and we enjoyed meeting Marcellino. We talked ourselves into the Tasting Menu. One of the salads, Pecorino and pear slices in greens with lemon dressing was outstanding, and we really appreciated the carefully chosen paired wines. The rest of the food was good but not amazing. The bill was surprisingly high. Our fault for not checking in advance. It would have been a terrific evening at a lower price, but it did not meet my expectations for such expenditure.
As always, the handmade pasta dishes were the star of the show, but the supporting cast of wines, cocktails, service, ambiance, side dishes, desserts, and more all deserve awards too. Kudos to Marcellino and Sima Verzino for delivering a consistently 5-star dining destination on the Scottsdale Old Town Waterfront! Always a treat!
Food was excellent. Scallop appetizer in pesto was terrific. Pasta entrees were very good. Unique handmade pastas were paired with creative sauces. The kitchen definitely knows what it's doing...Everything was also ridiculously overpriced. This place would be great if the boss was picking up the tab, but there are plenty of equally good but more reasonable priced places in the neighborhood, some even in the same building.
While on the expensive side, the value is there. Pasta is fresche and prepared perfectly. Consider the quality of food and service to be equivalent to a top steakhouse but with outstanding pasta. Other dishes are very good as well but the excellent pasta specials are the draw.
Our server was overworked because the restaurant was curiously understaffed, considering it was peak season on a Saturday night. Not to mention, she wasn’t very pleasant. It took us 10 minutes to give a drink order, 30 more to receive our appetizer, and 30 more to place our dinner order. The pasta was very good, but any noodle substitutions had to be run by the chef because he doesn’t like changes. Really? You’re serving pasta, not painting a Picasso! Not worth the high price and less than average service
Marcellino's is never anything short of amazing. I have been dining here for a few years now and each time is just as good if not better than the last. The ambiance is perfect. Dimmed lighting, live music and dark interior. The food is always perfect and the wine pairing was spot on. The waiters are always extremely knowledgeable with their wine pairings which I appreciate. Both the owner and the gentleman singing that night came over and said hi and even gave us a copy of his newest music. It's just always an all around good experience.
The portions were small for the price we paid. Even the vegetables, which cost nothing, were skimpy. A side of pasta, instead of mashed potatoes would have went better with an Italian dish. Also, spinach would have been good with the rolled chicken breast with Fontina cheese. The wait were nice and helpful
It was my husbands birthday and we met my daughter and family. My one year old grandson was coming. The high chair I requested was already set up at our reserved table. The waiter was great. He made sure my grandson got his food quickly which keeps him occupied. Have been here before and will be there another time. Great food.
Went for New Year's Eve and it was nice to not have a prix fixe menu at a place with live music. We were sitting inside then went outside due to how loud the music was and a singer that wasn't the very best. Sitting outside was much better with the heaters on; it was very comfortable. I ordered the Scaloppine Gorgonzola which was very good, thinly sliced veal in a wonderful sauce that came with carrots (that were a little too crunchy), zucchini and broccolini. My husband had the caprese salad which he liked but the roasted peppers were so bitter that he couldn't eat those and after trying myself agreed. I was surprised that they wanted to charge us for the bread but the waiter took it off the bill since they only had a baguette on NYE and he raved on how good the focaccia bread was but then realized they weren't serving it. For dessert we ordered tiramisu which was good with a nice presentation of a flaming sugar cube. Service was good, attentive but not overbearing. What was strange is after our entree the waiter asked if he could bring back our compliments to the chef. We were dumbfounded and taken by surprise no restaurant had ever asked us that before.
Loved this intimate feeling restaurant with a warm vibe from the moment we entered the door. This was our first visit here and we felt thrilled that we had been able to get reservations for New Year's Eve. (Downtown Scottsdale is magical this time of year, too!) While the pasta prices are near the top, the quality of the food is as well. We were pleased with the menu choices and the excellent service. We will look forward to going back again.
We dined New Year's Eve and chef had a special menu with all his specialties and house favorites. We came for the house made pasta so we ended up skipping the appetizers and instead ordered 3 pasta dishes. Lobster ravioli and seafood linguine were fantastic, but the flat pasta with white truffles were divine. Do yourself a favor and pair your meal with a wine selected from Chef's hometown in Italy. There is a section on the wine list featuring wine from his hometown only so you know it is fantastic. Definitely going back!
Marcellino's did it again! A magical evening all around-- the ambiance and service are superb, the cuisine is unparalleled in Scottsdale! In fact, the entire experience is reminiscent of times in some of the finer restaurants in Italy or NYC but with a very welcoming touch by the owners. We have been dining at Marcellino's since in opened , originally in Phoenix about 14 years ago and it is hands down, our family's favorite restaurant. The cuisine is world class--cannot say enough positives about this very special place.
We were entertaining out of town guests. I made an Opentable 7:45 Thursday night reservations for a party of 4. When we arrived, we were greeted and seated right away. The atmosphere was very nice, with live music, we were seated more towards the entrance of the restaurant so the music did not drown our our conversation. Our server introduced himself and it was smooth sailing for the rest of the evening.
Our guest ordered a bottle of wine to share and my friend and I ordered cocktail while reviewing the menu. We started off with Beef Carpaccio. Pear Salad and Shrimp with Feta appetizers. Entrees were the Mussels in Spiced Tomato Sauce, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Veal Scaloppine with Gorgonzola and Gnocchi. We ended the night with Cappuccinos.
All the food was delicious and our server excellent as he was so patient in letting us catch up with conversation while still be attentive, so patient that we managed to be the last table of customers in the restaurant and were not asked to leave because of closing.
Like most of the restaurants reviews on Open Table, my experience was similar. The food (I had gnocchi, my friend had the pancetta pasta special) was excellent. The service was adequate, however, our server just seemed "Too cool for school". Not unprofessional or put out, but kind of an alpha male thing going on. I made the reservations in October, and we were sat at a 2-top right next to the bar, which was "energetic"... noisy, but not overly so. I was disappointed in the seating choice and will specify moving forward that I wish a larger table in the requests section. There was live music, which was very good, but tends to create an atmosphere that is not conducive to conversation with your dining partner. I've never felt this before, but the restaurant vibe had a flavor of "pretentiousness" that made me a bit uncomfortable. The only other time I felt this was 15 years ago when I dined at Fleur de Lys in San Francisco. Overall, "GOOD". I wouldn't go back, only because it's not worth the drive from the "Tuke" to warrant not trying other restaurants, however, I think it's worth trying!
We were there in the Christmas season and the owner-singer screeched her way through some seasonal songs, so you couldn't have a conversation and had a good chance of developing a headache. The service was excellent, the food mediocre. Surprisingly for an Italian restaurant, everything was sort of bland. Best thing we had was the strozzapreti with broccolini. The shrimp appetizer was blah, the raw tuna too lemony and the veal basically tasteless. And for a restaurant that charges and arm and a leg, the bread was pitiful: toasted supermarket bread.
The restaurant seems to have added more tables than in the past. The last two times I visited the restaurant, the two seat tables were very close to each other. It was like you were sharing a table with the party next to you. The romantic atmosphere is completely lost when you have to speak over the conversation at the next table. They are that close! The food is always amazing, but you can forget about a romantic evening for the two of you!
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