Ferndale >Maria's Front Room
Great News!!!. For all of you sorry to see this landmark go, I have great news!!!! They are currently remodeling and will be reopening this July. It will be great to have it back.
Shame to see it close.. It's a shame to see Maria's go. Loved the spinach tortellini. The house wine will be missed. If you can get in before the room goes dark, you won't regret it. I've been eating here for years, and to see such a Ferndale institution close it's doors reminds you that no matter what, you have to support local businesses.
I honestly don't have any idea how anyone could post a bad review. I have been here 4-5 times over the past 2 years or so, and have been happy with every time I go. When you are seated, you are given a great piece of butter garlic bread, and it just gets better and better from there. I ordered the chicken marsala and my girlfriend got the spinach tortellini. Both of our meals came with a salad, so by the time we got to our meals were full on bread and salad. Both of our meals were great. I think the negatives might be coming from people who work at other Italian restauarants trying to hurt their business. The food is delicious, service is great and it is relatively inexpesive. A great value.
The only downside is that it is small and the tables are close together, so if there is one loud party, everyone has to get loud to hear the people at your table.
Horrible Italian Food Ever!. What with all the great reviews!? The pasta tasted like maple syrup. The food overall was horrible. We went there once and both of our dishes were horrible. The food was disgusting and we let the waitress know that. I'm surprised the restaurant is still in business. Go to Opus and Rattlesnack for better food then you will know why Maria's food is disgusting.
Worst Italian Food Ever. My Wife and I had heard that this restaurant had very good italian food locally. Boy, that is a lie. First, the waitress was very rude. Second, the salad dressing was the worst we have ever had in our life, if you say the house dressing is italian make sure it doesn't taste like it's stale. Finally, the food was the worst ever. The eggplant parmesian was burnt. They tried to cover it with sauce and cheese but they didn't hide it well enough, the taste was awful. The bread they brought to our table was burnt. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. I will always use my better judgment and go to a place that we know will have the best food locally. Antonio's in Sterling Heights will always get our business.
Delizioso!. What a wonderful little Italian restaurant! If we lived in the neighborhood rather than an hour away, we'd be regulars. The waitstaff is attentive and efficient, Sinatra and Tony Bennett are serenading in the background, and prices are moderate. Their homemade wine (the only alcohol they offer) is quite good, the pasta is like Mama used to make, and the salads feature tender, fresh baby greens with delicious homemade dressings. Oh, but wait, there's more. The veal is absolutely to-die-for. We've never had better, never, not in New York or Paris or anywhere. As a matter of fact, we might have to go back just for more veal. We happily recommend Maria's to everybody.
Traditionalists will love its time-tested dishes and the familiar trappings of the family-run Italian bistro..
The basketed Chianti bottles are covered in drippings from red candles. The wine is homemade and the servings are family-sized. Maria Orlando serves the usual pastas, seven veal scallopinis, chicken and pizza round or square. Sauces are added in just the right amounts, not enough to overwhelm the dishes. The in-house winery makes red, white and blush wines, available by the glass or bottle.
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.
My husband is first-generation American (family from Sicily) and this is the only Italian restaurant we frequent. The homemade wine is great, the garlic bread is to die for and the food is wonderful. The waitstaff is friendly and very customer focused.
Birthdays, anniversaries or just a Saturday night are often spent at Maria's Front Room.
Heaven. Like a little Italian resturant from the Sopranos. Awesome food, great service, HOMEADE wine. This place is wonderful. And not overpriced.
Great Food....Bad Ambiance. The menu had enough varieties to make everyone in the party think for awhile. All four of us were happy with our meals. The Veal Marsala was excellent. The dining area is small, and tables are close together. There is no buffer, and it seems as if every table is trying to compete to be heard. Good casual dining.
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