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About Trattoria Fresco
Welcome To Marco`s Trattoria Fresco
For a delightful evening, come and enjoy our distinctive specialties including a variety of delicious appetizers and salads freshly made pastas, seafood, and outstanding grilled entrees.
Fresco is dedicated to supporting the essential earthly concepts of organic food production.
We cook with fresh produce delivered every day, and choose organic whenever possible. Menu highlights include house-made pastas, traditional Italian salads, fresh fish and flavorful meats grilled over mesquite.
All baked goods, pastries and desserts are prepared daily in-house.
Ross, CA 94957
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.
$31 to $50
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Trattoria Fresco Ratings and Reviews
Trattoria Fresco never fails to please. Everything is well prepared and satisfying. Great pasta dishes and deserts to kill for. The absolute only quibble I have is that when the party of 7 I was with requested more bread we were told they'd only baked one loaf and they ran out. Oh well, things happen. This is a great small and intimate restaurant.
Hate bad reviews but maybe this can be a wake up call. I remember now why we haven't been back in years. Food was far too expensive,poor quality and boring presentation. Had to send my steak strips back, not med rare as ordered. The garlic and oil spinach was very good. This place could be a great local find if they upped their game. Saturday night and the place was pretty empty.
This restaurant is a gem! We had a very nice dinner before attending a play at the Ross Valley Players. The romano and green salads were so fresh and delicious. I had the pasta with a delicate red sauce and wild boar meat, which was scrumptious. My date enjoyed the salmon in truffle oil with potatoes and vegetables. And we couldn't resist having the dark chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
While the food is delicious, that's not quite the point here. Open Table's questionnaire suggests the phrase "neighborhood gem" and that's what Trattoria Fresco is. A small, modest room with efficient service. A nice selection of appetizers, entrees and wine. Above all, low key so you can actually unwind and enjoy your company and the meal. We love it.
This was a really delicious meal. We started with the sausage pasta, and it was perfect!
So tasty, and the pasta was just right.
For the second course, we had the wild salmon, and it was one of the best salmon dishes I've had.
Tira Misu was delicious for a finishing touch.
Marco was very helpful and friendly. The ambiance was great; very quiet and romantic.
This is a true "neighborhood gem." Highly recommended!
The food was outstanding, but the service was subpar. It's possible that it was an off night, or a bad day, but overall the waitress provided unacceptable service. For spending the amount that we did, the value of the food was great, but the service was bad. It would be questionable whether we would recommend the place to a friend. We would probably give it a second chance, but would likely see how it pans out spending much less and heading over to La Loggia in San Anselmo for some wine.
I was hopeful after reading some other reviews, but this place never got there. I believe the owner was on premise, but even though there was only one table occupied (of the 7-8 in the restaurant), no one greeted us for several minutes. The owner came by and gave a cursory greeting. Waitress didn't seem excited about her job or the food. Questions about the pastas came back with "I don't know, everyone's different" response. The pasta itself was OK, though the creamy tomato sense was quite bland. My Italian sausages were dry and the cannelloni beans also lacked a certain savoriness. Again, bland.
Won't be back.
Well, the chef was all alone and he did the best he could waiting on tables and really trying to make everyone happy...all 4 tables! I felt bad for him and really wanted to like this restaurant since it was our first time there and it was our Wedding Anniversary! Not sure we'd return :(
So the wait staff could care less about what you think or want. I first mentioned that the olive oil was the color of water/ not golden or even a color/ clear!
When I mentioned this to the waiter I got a rude response!! Our waitress was uncaring. Bread was scarce as they only bake 2 loaves a day.
This place has been on my radar- it is now so dead on it!!!
My recommendation is Do Not Bother!!!!!!
It has been in Biz for quite a long time so was it just a bad day:night or what?!!
I've been to Trattoria Fresco twice now and both times was amazed at the multiple layers of flavorings in the pasta sauces. Wow! I couldn't get enough. And my dining partner said the same thing. The sauce was perfect - light, yet gutsy. Not overly heavy. So tasty. The only downside was they ran out of their homemade bread so I didn't have a slice to sop up the remaining wonderful sauce -- I almost licked the plate!
Marco is the heart and soul (and chef) of his restaurant. We have now been three times and will go back many more, making the drive from Inverness to Ross just to eat Marco's dishes. We travel to Italy a lot and this is the real thing. Also a terrific value.
We were here recently to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Couldn't have picked a more perfect place. This little neighborhood gem is consistently delicious. From the simple yet vibrant salads to the fresh pasta perfectly sauced to the generously portioned entrees, Cafe Fresco is a food lover's delight. Service was warm and wonderful. We enjoyed chatting with Lucca, who is a wealth of information on Italy and Italian food and wine. Marco, owner and chef extraordinaire came out from behind the kitchen and entertained us with his own stories. Best of all, I got to practice my Italiano. Can't wait to return.
The restaurant was disappointing in many ways. The space is small with tables close together. The food and wine are over priced and disappointing. Service was not timely. I would not return. We chose the restaurrant as it was close to the play venue.
Really good food when there are no hairs in it. Service is lacking even when there are only 2-3 tables (of 2). I wanted to like this place and loved it the first time. I don't like to be negative but the second time around led me to a different conclusion in wanting to go again. Try for yourself and see-the food can be fabulous.
We made a reservation on Open Table, but when we arrived the hostess seemed surprised. They say us down at a table, then took a very long time in bringing us bread, water and taking our order. The food turned out to be delicious and the waitress was nice, but rushed. We did not enjoy being treated like an afterthought. A prominent politician and his wife were at the restaurant too. They were served drinks and given service much faster than we were even though we arrived and were seated before them. They did look like they also thought the service was slow, but the waitress brought them a free dessert for their troubl. We did not receive the dessert! Great food, but extremely disappointing service.
This is our favorite pasta place. It especially works before a Ross Valley Player production. Salads are large and easily shared. We like the simple one with lettuce, a lemony dressing and added anchovies. They have a variety of house-made pasta and sauces which you can mix and match. We particularly like the funghi (mushroom), vongole (clams), and meat sauces. Pasta servings are adequate for one with sometimes a small portion for take home. Desserts for lactose intolerant patrons tend to be lacking. If you're going to a play or movie afterward on a weekend, it's best to have reservations, as it fills up quickly. Figure about 1-1.25 hours for dinner.
The pastas are exceptional here. We had a fresh salads as starters and a delicious Tartufo dessert, but the pasta is the thing. here. Service was a bit awkward and our server had the entire room (it's a small place) so she was stretched. They would not give us an order of tiramisu to take home (guess you got to eat your dessert there), but we will come back again for the pastas!
This is a neighborhood small restaurant where you can get a large well dressed salad and a perfectly prepared pasta w/o spending an arm and a leg. Meal service was fine and romaine with anchovy salad was great as was the funghi with light creme sauce and penne pasta. Others had sausage or ground meat (~ Bolognese) and found the portions quite ample, hot and tasty. Desserts tend to be dairy based and shareable. Unfortunately, though in a very gracious manner, the owner, Marco, informed me that he could not accept my $20 Open Table Dining Award, because of trouble redeeming one in the past! Not good for P.R. ! We'll return however, but informed several other friends of their certificate policy.
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