Our favorite place in the area. Food is always outstanding and the wine list is fantastic. Never had a bad wine pick and we often try to find the same wines to drink at home. The are flexible with the menu and can readily make small changes. For example, changed the spaghetti carbonara to fettuccine carbonara.
Osteria Marzano does not take shortcuts with anything on their menu, service and decor. From the perfect coffee (you really don't need to add anything) to the short rib ravioli, brunch, desserts (best Tiramisu) to the high-quality drink menu- everything is top notch and consistent. It can be tricky to find, but for my own selfish reasons I like it that way :-)
I'm a long time fan of Marzano's, but it's only gotten better. Our most recent visit was on a Friday night, the place was quite busy. The Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe, made tableside in a wheel of Pecorino-Romano was to die for. I hope it's on the menu the next time we visit.
Terrific—service and food excellent !
Easter brunch is as fabulous...food was great and the service outstanding.. just be aware it is quite lively... no quiet conversation.. great experience
Osteria Marzano never disappoints! This is my go to for Date Nights, Sunday brunch and weekday lunch with friends. The wine list is extensive, offering something for everyone. All of the food is outstanding, but be sure to try the mussels appetizer with pancetta and ginger cream sauce-it's the best! The servers are friendly and helpful, always willing to go the extra mile to make you happy. OM is a local gem and we will be back soon.
Easter Sunday Brunch was terrific—-
Food and Service the Best !!!
I lovely meal but a little loud
Always a great meal with excellent service
Our table was just across from the bar, and the happy hour crowd was incredibly noisy. With only an aisle between our table and the bar and not be able to enjoy the happy hour prices was disappointing.
Marzanos is our favorite Italian restaurant in the Springfield/northern Va area. We always have an excellent meal here. The food is authentic Italian. My husband is Italian and we are particular about finding good Italian food. The chef here is amazing. We use to go to his families restaurant in Washington, DC, so we are fortunate he opened up this restaurant near our home.
We eat here often and have had several large family celebrations there. Had the spaghetti which is served out of the cheese round....very cool and very delicious. Heartily recommend OM.
We have gone to OM many times and would go more often if the service was better. The food is fabulous but the servers and employees are difficult.
We arrived a bit early and stood by the front desk for 10 minutes without anyone coming over. There were three employees talking at the bar and not one moved to assist. I finally went over to ask if they could seat us and was told they would have to ask someone else to help. The restaurant was relatively empty but within a few moments they sat someone right next to us. They were very noisy, speaking loudly, by the end of the meal, I knew the gentleman’s entire unhappy working career. We were there for our 40th wedding anniversary and would have liked the atmosphere to be more conducive to privacy and conversation, OUR conversation.
We ordered a simple champagne cocktail and were told they did not offer it. I explained what was in it and was told she would see what she could do. No sense of customer service, no attempt to satisfy our request.
That said, the meal was excellent - well prepared, plentiful and tasty. That is what brings us back. Maybe next time we will get take-out.
The best Italian food in the Alexandria area. Authentic and great variety of items on the menu.
O.K. for a neighborhood "sports-bar" eatery specializing in Italian fare, but it's not a destination restaurant. Quite loud, salty food. Closer to Olive Garden than The Red Hen or Fiola. Not a bad experience (service was very good) but uninspiring food. Pretty loud as well, TV's and the music both on along with the bar being centered in the room made for difficult conversation. Not rushing back, but neither would I say avoid it. Just don't have high expectations.
Great food and service to match. In the past gone for lunch and noise level was not as great as in the evening. You would think it would be the opposite, perhaps greater divider between bar and eating area.
Delicious food and great service. Risotto was amazing and so was the carbonara
Good food, good service, far too loud to hold a conversation.
This was our first visit to Osteria Marzano. Unaware that happy hour was "only at the bar" I purchased a happy hour drink and went back to my table. The waitress rudely told me "you're not allowed to order from the bar you have to order from me". Why would a restaurant not want to sell you a drink from the bar at happy hour prices? We certainly were not going to order from the waitress at full price! Guess they would rather make no money of drink vs some money from the happy hour drinks! Next time we will just do the happy hour and no dinner.
Great Italian food and seriously the best meatballs I’ve ever had. Discovered this place by complete accident and so glad I did. Service was on point and the food was delicious.
The food was delicious. Unfortunately, we were there on a Friday night, and the restaurant was packed. Our server was delightful and well-organized; however, food service was slow, probably due to so many customers. Would like to return another night to retry.
Good the daily specials were good.
This is our "go to" restaurant when we want a delicious meal in a warm and welcoming environment. I've tried many dishes and have never had a less than stellar meal. Love this place!
Seated next to kitchen when other tables were open affected the experience. Other family members didn’t care as their seating was not along the aisle. Oh well
Our table was next to the window near the bar, much to loud for dinner with far too much traffic. The food was fantastic, but the waiter was lackluster, disappearing for long periods with other servers offering to assist and ultimately returning with the credit card receipt for signature, and the amount was not correct, actually lower than what it should have been. Had to call him back to rerun the charge.
Food and service were excellent.
Free parking in nearby garage
The food was above average, the service was average. It's in such an odd location in an office building and the interior is so unattractive, kind of sterile. It was a Friday night and there was a large happy hour crowd and a dj playing loud music, the conversation level was loud. The restaurant is 75% bar area. There were 4 tables in a rear room that has red walls and no decoration where we were seated. The dining area is like an afterthought. It's unfortunate because the food really was good. Maybe there was another dining area that I missed, but I am not inclined to return.
Whenever we come to DC we always have dinner at this restaurant.
We have been coming for many years and so happy to see Julia who was our waitress for several years has been promoted to Manager; well deserved.
The food is consistently very good with great service and always reliable.
Great food and service. Table was a little cramped.
Awesome food and waitstaff. We love that portions can be split at dinner too!
Great food and service
Fun family dinner. We love the food and the staff was great.
The staff, cuisine, and service is exceptional. Always a fun, delicious, and wonderful experience. Thank you!
Great service & amazing food ❤️
My husband & I had the special. The kids had pizza & ravioli. Everything was delicious.
It was lovely, but over priced. I would go for happy hour or pizza. Will be far more selective when dining for dinner. The food was decent, not worth $177 for 3. I’ve had better.
Excellent service, food, and atmosphere
Overall, food was great and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Our waitress was a little slow in recognizing we were ready for drinks, and then again when we were ready to order. If the restaurant was busier, it would be okay... but she wasn't that busy, just not very observant.
Sorry but this will be our last visit to Osteria Marzano. Seating touble again (even though we had an early reservation), service mediocre, and three of us had a nightly special that was very unappealing. We feel like this place has gone down hill over the past 3-5 months. Sorry guys, we wish you all the best.
We always have a good experience when we eat at Osteria Marzano - lunch or dinner. This time was an early dinner with friends. The lasagne is a hit every time - we introduced it to one of our friends, too. I enjoyed the grilled branzino, but am not a fan of cruciferous vegetables with fish. I think that flavor tends to overwhelm the fish gentleness. And the pasta served with the fish needs MORE flavor. The fish was great, though. Olives to start are almost a reason to go on their own!
We had a lovely meal. From the tuna tartare to the short ribs. All accompanied by a wonderful bottle of wine and our very attentive waiter.