Seattle >Food & Dining > Marcellos
7115 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.680527 -122.317698
Neighborhoods: Roosevelt, Northeast, Northeast Seattle
A Hidden Italian Gem! – Marcello's is our favorite authentic Italian restaurant in Seattle. It is owned by a small family and they have sumptuous dinners and excellent wine, all reasonably priced for the quality of food. My husband and I go there when we want to treat ourselves and we always enjoy it. Getting a table can be tricky on a weekend night and the reservations aren't always the most consistent - but considering it's a small family business and the value, it's worth the wait or small inconvenience if they do mess up your reservation. The most we've waited is 15 minutes for a table -- and the reason why there is a wait is because the food is good and the restaurant is full! I would highly recommend this place for an enjoyable evening with friends, a first date, or just a night out with your sweetheart.
A Family-owned Italian Restaurant - great presentation, wonderful food, large wine list, affordable – RAVE!!
Marcello's Restaurant was started by two brothers nearly 5 years ago. Marcello's family is from southern Italy (Taranto) and he often makes southern Italian dishes such as Spaghetti di Mare (tiger prawns, mussells, clams and scallops in a marinara sauce), baked sole, or risotto dishes specials on their ultra-fresh menu. His menu also contains many northern Italian favorites that are for those that enjoy the richer and creamier fare, must tries are the gnocchi gorgonzola with roma tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms - also the Vitello a Porto, veal seared in a port wine sauce with figs and topped with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Above all, Marcello's is a caring and community-loyal family owned restaurant, where you often see both of his parents, his good friends, neighbors bringing in fresh herbs to share from their gardens, and couples getting engaged, or celebrating their wedding rehearsal dinners. In the winter, the fireside tables are cozy and romantic, and in the summer Marcello has been dilligently working on improving his outdoor patio area which includes a fountain, flowing freesia, and plenty of outdoor heaters to keep everyone warm.
It is best to make reservations with parties of 5 or more, and always good to call ahead for Valentine's Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Day where Marcello's special menus are beyond superb! He welcomes large parties, and does provide carry-out if you would like a pizza to go ~
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle - and should be on everyone's favorite list too!
The love and the passion for family and good food makes all the difference ~
Very nice italian meal to share with friends – Great authentic italian food. The Pollo Lemone with potatoes and fresh sauted spinach was excellent. Actually it was on the menu as veal, but they were very willing to modify it for me to use chicken instead. The olive oil and bread disappeared quickly (it was good). I finished the meal with a shared frozen lemon sorbet served in a lemon rind... and the best espresso. The service was good. The specials were interesting. I will return!
One good entree, one bad – My girlfriend and I decided to give Marcello's a try. Overall, we had a good dinner. The olive oil served with bread was really good, and we got free salads (although with too much dressing) with our meals. I can't remember the names of the entrees we ordered, but one of them was really good, while the other was terrible. The good one was penne in a cheesy tomato sauce with eggplant. The only thing that could have made it better was more eggplant. The other entree was maybe spaghetti tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and basil. For some reason, it had a very smoky flavor that basically covered up all the other flavors. Even the sun-dried tomatoes were hard to enjoy with the smoky undertone. Maybe it was an unlucky fluke?
Anyways, the place does seem nice, and perhaps we will return to give it another chance.
Marcello's has changed ownership; older reviews are no longer valid. The Marcello's today (July 2006) is an excellent Italian restaurant near Green Lake: superb food, a very good (& very reasonably priced) wine list, a comfortable & elegant dining room with a charming outdoor area (when the weather is nice), professional & friendly service. Anybody in NE Seattle who likes Italian food should give Marcello's a try; you'll be glad you did! My wife and I have tried all the Italian restaurants in NE Seattle, and Marcello's is our favorite.
Absolutely terrible customer service – We had a reservation and arrived on time, but we waited in line for 15 minutes before our presence was even acknowledged. Then they couldn't find our reservation, so we were told we would have to wait till they could "work us in." There was an empty table, but they said we couldn't have it--it was "reserved." They never acknowledged that they had made a mistake and lost our reservation--even though they had also lost the reservation of the couple ahead of us in line. They treated us as though we had dropped in without a reservation. We left and will not go back. There are other equally good Italian restaurants in the area that know how to treat their customers.
La Dolce Vita – This is a fabulous find for heart warming Italian food! The service is wonderful; don't miss dessert and an espresso to top off the night! All of the chicken dishes are delicious and the specials are always a good bet. Enjoy!
Food paradise – My husband and I have lived in the same block as Marcello's for over a year. It's a wonderful place with great food, though I can only comment on the vegetarian selections. Marcello is wonderful as is the rest of the staff--very friendly and welcoming every time. And save room for the tiramisu. Since I have had it, no other tiramisu around town has been satisfying...
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