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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.42mi
  2. Distance: 0.63mi
  3. Distance: 0.95mi
  4. Distance: 1.18mi
  1. Distance: 0.42mi
  2. Distance: 0.63mi
  3. Distance: 0.95mi
  4. Distance: 1.18mi

About Mario's A Taste of Italy

Serving Newport Beach since 1977, Mario's “A Taste of Italy” is a low-key restaurant that offers homemade pasta, pizza and Italian classics, served in relaxed surrounds against a background of classic music. The trattoria’s impressive menu features a tasty range of salads, gourmet Italian dishes, sandwiches and pizza. Menu highlights include the fresh pasta salad, garlic cheese bread, jumbo cheese pizza slices and lemonceloo mascarpone cake.

Mario's also offers catering services that can be customized to fit different events. This restaurant makes the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for a home-cooked style Italian dish. Mario’s is open Mondays to Sundays.

4507 W. Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Balboa Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 722-7151

Website:
http://mariospizzatasteofitaly.com/

Catering:
We offer a very reasonable catering Menu ...food is served in 1/2 trays that serves 10 or full trays for 20 . Chafing dishes keep our gourmet foods warm for hours. Our lasagna , chicken cacciatore and raviolies with peppercorn brandy are among the favorites ....

Parking Details:
Ample parking in the shopping center.

Public Transit:
Plenty taxes and also metro bus.

Executive Chef:
Jose vivas

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mario's A Taste of Italy Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Groups (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 6, 2016

The menu had an amazing range of options, from salmon to pizza. Great place to carbo load for our half marathon the next morning. It is not a full service restaurant as you order at the counter and they deliver to your table. When it got crowded there was quite a line. Overall, VERY GOOD

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience3
service3
value4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We visited from New Jersey went there for New Year's Eve early dinner service was wonderful food great atmosphere fantastic we will definitely visit again

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2015

You can always tell how good an Italian restaurant is by the basic marinara sauce as this is the cornerstone for everything else. Mario's sauce was average at best along with the other items ordered off the menu. If you're in a pinch and just want a slice of pizza then okay. But if you want a top notch meal look elsewhere.

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food2
ambience3
service3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2014

Dropped in on this spot on a recommendation from both the resort (Marriott's Newport Coast Villas) and OpenTable; went at an on off-peak time (415 in the afternoon) and found it quickly and nearly empty. Pleasant lunch, decent food, reasonable prices - minor grumbles. Me? I don't care for mushrooms and never expected them in a chicken parm dish (I'll live with it). My wife ordered lasagna, even though they only carry meat lasagna, and she doesn't care for beef. It came in a meat sauce. What she ate was good, but there was a lot left over. The menu is broad, prices are reasonable, staff friendly and helpful. A little more clarity in the menu would help!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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food4
ambience3
service4

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 9, 2014

The owner waited on us and we had excellent advise about the menu and super service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 16, 2014

Our first impression of Mario's, from the parking lot, was small and inauspicious. While the decor was lively but unremarkable, the menu was expansive and food very good. Spaghetti with meat sauce was tasty and contained a satisfying amount of meat sauce. The shrimp parmigiana, served on a bed of spaghetti with meat sauce, was good but the shrimp were just slightly tough. The spumoni gelato was very good but different from past experience with many small pieces of fruit. After we were seated a local group arrived, 6-7 adults and 12-15 children, and the ambience got lively. They included us in a bit of conversation and, while expectedly noisy, the kids were well behaved. Our service did not suffer.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2014

This place is not for OpenTable. I am customer of Open Table for many years and i rely on this website to find new and exciting places for lunch, dinner, breakfast. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is great, sometimes not so, but ... i do not expect to use OpenTable, to drive 1 hour to visit local fast food establishment. It is simply local pizza with delivery services. Pizza is ok, pasta is ok - but it is NOTHING spectacular, the quality is just not there, it is just one more pizza place. Fast food pizza. OpenTable, please take a note! If i will get into some fast food by using your reservation services - i will simply stop using your services. Thank you

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food2
ambience1
service1

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 21, 2014

Had friends in from out of town and we were looking for a place that their 2 year old would not be out of place - well Mario's was the choice and I had never been before. Extremely friendly service team - had the owner chatting with us throughout the night, the food was dynamite, the selection diverse and overall the place was fun. It is not a 'full service' concept - you are meant to order at the counter then sit, but the owner was constantly stopping by the table and checking in and never hesitated to offer help....really wonderful night

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Not knowing the quaint character of this restaurant (read "small"), we made reservations, A large group of 12 or so arrived right before us, and the tables were completely full. When I told him we had reserved, he said, yes, but he couldn't turn away all those people. The patrons were very kind and directed us to an open but dirty table, which was quickly cleaned off. We ordered slices (which were delicious) from the counter so we wouldn't have to wait, and the staff delivered them to our table. Looking at the plates of food around us, I have to say I would go back to try the pasta or salmon I saw others enjoying. It was obvious why they were so busy!

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food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2014

If you are in the mood for a great home made Italian meal, this is the place. Every meal is prepared to order. Nothing is pre made. The first bite will take you back as if you are dinning in Tuscuny, Italy. The chicken cacciatore (my favorite) is to die for. They have a great wine selection, and the prices are very reasonable. The food is outstanding , and the atmosphere is very friendly. It truly is a favorite "go to" spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service4

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