This was our first visit to Marzano and we were extremely pleased with the food and service. We ordered the pan roasted Spanish octopus and were warned by our attentive waitress that it was spicy. She wasn't wrong! The octopus was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were a great complement. It also included many cerignola olives which were too many for us but if you like olives, you'll like this dish. Brought out at the same time was the Marzano chopped salad. The chopped salad included many vegetables finely chopped making it very easy to eat. This went perfectly with the spicy octopus, soothing the heat from that dish. The salad was a large portion giving us enough to take home leftovers. Our main dish was the margherita pizza. The crust was crispy thin with a good chew on the rim. The sauce was perfect. Delicious! Since we were there at Happy Hour discounts, the pizza was only $10. What a great price! We also ordered cocktails, a margarita for my husband and a Glenview julep for me. These were $8 at Happy Hour but we were charged $10. That is my only complaint about our meal and it was my bad for not inquiring about the higher price. The waitress was top-notch, paying attention to our every need. We were celebrating our anniversary and she ended our meal with complimentary champagne. What a great way to end our meal. We will definitely be back.
I would definitely recommend Marzano Restaurant to my friends. We ordered Fried Green Tomatoes and they were delicious! Crisp served with a tangy white sauce. For the entrees, I selected the baked rigatoni and the 4 cheese pizza. The pizza crust was light and crispy, just right! The rigatoni was also quite tasty. We also ordered Hemingway daiquiris - very good! And lastly, for dessert we shared a strawberry/rhubarb crisp. Delicious!
Had a _great_ pizza, with a side of octopus and asparagus. Splendid cocktails; great vibe! Made for a perfect close to the week.
Wonderful food, wonderful host, not too friendly waitress, too dark to see and a little bit too noisy with the music. The pizzas were so delicious -as was the chopped salad!
Last minute date night when I didn’t feel
Like cooking. It was a fine meal.
Wonderful atmosphere, great food, excellent service. Pizza is terrific as well as entrees...I had their true cod which was sublime.
We were first timers here but will definitely be back! We started with the octopus and meatballs which were both stellar. The meatballs were tender and flavorful. The octopus was seasoned beautifully but it should have had a bit more octopus in the dish. We both had steak and it was fantastic. The smashed potatoes caused a "moment" they were so damn good. I am not a sweets person but we were on a roll. I had strawberry rhubarb crumble which was delicious and he had that the chocolate chili pot de creme which he gave a 4/5. In a word YUM!
Delicious food. Service was slow but friendly. It was loud and dark inside despite still being light outside when we arrived.
Excellent choice of appetizers and main. Split all dishes. Mock tail by a mixologist — awesome. Excellent service. Marx ani’s is our go-to neighborhood restaurant. Very affordable.
Started with a Manhattan cocktail. Then a delicious arugula salad. Next, cooked to perfection a well seasoned pan-seard cod.
The remodelled bar area is very nice, classy and comfortable and an improvement over the old Marzano's. We had a pleasant table and enjoyed the ambience -- it was cozy and fun looking out at the street. We also enjoyed the chopped salad. However, the pizza (the reason we came) was disappointing.
For years, until it closed in 2014, my husband and I went to Marzano's regularly for their fennel sausage & bitter greens pizza. That pizza was just fantastic in every way! The other night, my friend and I were really looking forward to that pizza, hoping it was still as great, but unfortunately, the new version was totally different and, frankly, just not anywhere as good.
Great seasonal options. Love the cauliflower and spring onion fritters.
Good food and service. Parking is very limited.
Terrific food, a neighborhood gem!
We will be frequent diners here.
We had a 7pm reservation on Saturday night, we arrived about 3 minutes early and they sat us immediately, worried that we might be cold by the front door. We accepted that table and weren't cold. Food was amazing, service was amazing and the adorable host was awesome. Love this place!
We had a lovely dinner, the octopus dish with potatoes, preserved lemon and green olives was to die for. Beet salad was lovely and our pasta dish hit the spot. Great Italian wine selection, enjoyed a Vermentino and Fiano, both of which are rare finds but much appreciated. Our service was great and the ambiance was just what we were looking for, perfect for a date or family meal.
We’d been looking for a good Italian restaurant and were pleased to find one just around the corner! The octopus appetizer was outstanding, and the baked rigatoni was done just right.
Love this place! Just keeps getting better and better, great food, good music not so loud that we can’t carry on a conversation. We always feel very welcomed when we arrive. They even know our name and greet us with hugs. Highly recommended!
Went to Marzano with my husband for a date night. But we saw lots of children, so it’s definitely a family friendly spot. Food was delicious. Especially liked pizza and the chopped salad. We would definitely visit again.
This is a decent restaurant serving average food. I don't mean that in a negative way. If you're looking for good, basic Italian food, this is a fine restaurant. We had pizza and baked ziti, both of which were good. Service was fine.
Wonderful service and great food (and the prices, especially for the quality, can’t be beat). They do a great job of staggering the courses. You don’t feel like you’re being rushed out to rotate tables. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable. Great for a date, or for larger groups. Go there! You’ll be happy you did.
We had a Marzano's weekend! Takeout food on Saturday night - a vegetarian papardelle, Alaskan cod and grilled brussels sprouts - and early supper on Sunday night in the restaurant - ziti della casa and the Alaskan cod again. Interesting to compare the difference between straight out of the kitchen and a short ride homer; no difference in taste but the immediacy from the grill to the table is obviously unbeatable. Still amazing how their careful preparation in flavors and seasonings are just as tasty on the palate at home as at their own restaurant tables. We are moving to Carlsbad and will miss Marzano's big-time!
Everything was perfect. Thank you!
Marzano is like home away from home for us. The pizzas, appetizers and salads never disappoint. We are particularly fond of their meatballs, spicy roasted octopus and their mushroom pizza, but really have enjoyed all the items we’ve ever ordered. Their cocktails are creative and delicious and offer a broad selection of Italian and California wines by the glass. While the food is this neighborhood gem draws you in, the warm, welcoming service you get from everyone from the host/ess, to the bartenders, to the waiters—keeps us coming back time and time again.
Let me begin by reminding everyone of the competition amongst restaurants in the Bay Area. That said, Marzano’s is a fine neighborhood choice with consistently good food and a pleasant atmosphere.
perfectly balanced and interesting chicory salad, delicate tempura veg, thrilling, amazing chicken arrabiata - always interesting wines
Food and service were amazing as always. Even the host seated us the moment we walked in at 7pm on a Saturday night. Love love love this place. We always have a good time at Marzano. We love the friendly staff too.
Our dinner at Marzano was perfect. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was fantastic! The octopus appetizer and the short rib entree far exceeded our expectations. We’ll be back soon.
A few too many kids for my taste, but hey, it’s a young family neighborhood. Overall experience was as perfect as can be.
The food and service were great, but they’ve definitely packed too many tables into the space. My meal was delicious and uncomfortable. Who thought it was an ok idea to put a table literally in front of the door?
Valentine’s dinner with
Short ribs dish was awesome. Pizzas are as well. Will be back
This is our go to local dinner place. It is a favorite of ours. Butm, I did have two minor issues this last visit. I ordered the bean soup which had a delicious flavor, but was spicy and that was not indicated on the menu or mentioned by our waitress...and I cannot handle spicy. Also, they were not having their regular terrific "Happy Hour" offerings because it was Valentine's Day and we had made our reservations at an early time for their "Happy Hour", so that was somewhat disappointing. We would have made a later reservation if we had known.
We always enjoy our time here. Food and cocktails are always on point . The service is exceptional!
A little loud and tight quarters. Food was average - pizza very doughy - prefer a brick oven w some tomato sauce- and they didn’t have broccoli rabe wh I saw on the example online menu .
This place feels like home. We love everything about it.
Always enjoy dinner at Marzano!
We love Marzano! One of the best Italian/Pizza places in Oakland. Great drinks, delicious wine. Love the staff!
Mercy our server was fantastic! She made our meal so special.
Great food in a cozy environment. One of my favorite places in Oakland to get a craft cocktail and a wood fired pizza.