1646 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914839.928979 -75.164672
Neighborhoods: South Philadelphia, Bella Vista/ Southwark
A wonderful treat!! – The food is magnificent and the service is great. The entrees are the perfect size! For the first time I finished a whole plate of pasta! The ambience was warm and comfortable. No complaints here!! I have recommended this restaurant to all my friends.
Great little spot – I love BYOBs. This is not the best in the city, that'd be Chloe, Marigold or Django, but Mr. Martino's is always solid and satisfying. I love their pasta and their sausage. That being said, I wish they would change their menu up a bit more.
Find this small Italian B.Y.O.B., and you'll plan a trip back before you've left. – In Short
A lace-curtained door opens into a small, discreetly lit room encircled by rich, dark oak wainscoting. Appetizers like baked ricotta and broccoli rabe "done right" are the perfect lead-in to entrees. Fresh pasta comes just slightly al dente, the way pasta should be. Spinach ravioli in a roasted red pepper sauce and veal tortellini in a tomato Gorgonzola sauce stand out, as does a hearty fish stew. Portions are large and come at reasonable prices.
Continues to serve great food – We hadn't been here for awhile, but returned about a month ago wondering if the food was still as great as we remembered. It definitely was. Everything was delicious, but the balsamic chicken was nothing short of superb and the lemon tart was the best we have ever tasted. All at a reasonable price. That said, remember you are in South Philly. Expect to hunt for on the street parking. The dining room is small and slightly crowded. The kitchen is small, so you may wait a bit between courses, but everything comes out hot. Just remember to BYOB, and relax while you wait. It will be worth it.
An honest review of one of my favorite places – Italian-american food, veal chops, big bowls of mussels, not here. If you want portions so large you can have lunch the next day or a never ending pasta bowl, don't come here. If you want to impress a pretencious date, don't bring her here either.
However if you want to be greeted everytime like an old friend and eat simple foods, prepared well you found the right place. The white bean soup reminds us of our trip to Florence. The string beans or asparugas with baked ricotta is simple and delicious. The ravioli with pumkin nutmeg sauce and veal tortellini are awesome!!
We are regulars and have never had a bad meal or experience. We can always afford a night out at Mr. Martinos. Go, but understand, its small, a little musty, with a small menu. But what they do, they do better than anyplace else except for maybe Tuscany.
A Fantastic Experience – Recommended as a "romantic place with Vegetarian options" A relative and his girlfriend from out of town surprised us with a visit @ 6pm on a Saturday, we called & got a 6:30 reservation (just been canceled). Our table for 4 was comfortable; some of the 2's looked tight & there was a slight musty smell (which faded after wine). Food was fantastic. I ordered the special for appetizer (cheese, string beans) & entree (Pumpkin ravioli)- what a delicious vegetarian entree! [In addition another person in the group is very Picky & they found 3 courses to love]. Perfect portions & spaced out courses, so I indulged in a lemon tart. Our bill for 4 was less than what we usually pay for 2 in CC. BYOB! Overall- Fabulous place.
Memorable Family Reunion – This past weekend, my family from out of town visited. They wanted to go to a quaint, authentic, Italian restaurant for dinner. I immediately thought of Mr. Martino's Trattoria. As usual, everything was impeccable. From the moment we walked in, the owner greeted us with a smile and showed us to our table. We started out with appetizers, broccoli rabe, white bean soup, and baked ricotta with asparagus just to name a few. The dressing, a tarragon vinaigrette, was soooo wonderful that my family even purchased a few bottles to take home. Next, we moved onto the main course. Everything was excellent, however, the balsamic chicken was superb; I highly recommend it! Coffee and dessert followed suit. Our evening at Mr. Martino's was the highlight of our little reunion. Our family can't wait to visit next year for our second anniversary reunion at Mr. Martino's!
The Best Part was the Wine – We were seeking a romantic spot to celebrate our two year anniversary. Mr. Martino's reminded us of a haunted house, more than a romantic trattoria and in anything but a sweatshirt and sneakers you are likely to be over dressed. The food was not authentic Italian - I know having been raised by a 100% Sicilian mother. Our sauteed mushroom appetizer could have come out of a can, and the ricotta and asparagus was greasy. The sausage and polenta entree was mediocre and the scallop risotto, a special that night, tasted like macaroni and cheese with a few small hidden scallops. The tiramisu for dessert was good. Although the prices were reasonable, we left beyond disappointed in Mr. Martino's Trattoria and Mr. Martino himself who managed to say hello to every table but ours. With so many wonderful Italian restaurants in Philadelphia, we won't be recommending this anyone.
Travel to Italy w/o a plane – This is real Italian food. I can't really state it any other way. If you are expecting meatballs and Veal parm, well, go to the Olive Garden.
But, if you want a taste of true Italian cusine, then by all means go to Mr. Martino's.
Perfect Pumpkin Sauce – I have two words for you - Pumpkin Sauce. Last night I ate at Mr. Martino's and as an addition to the menu was spinach ravioli with pumpkin sauce. As I am not much of a pumpkin eater I was a little reluctant but I decided to give it a try anyway...boy did I make the right decision. This dish was perfect, never overpowering and just right for the season. Words cannot explain it so you will just have to try it for yourself. Mr. Martino's made a pumpkin lover out of me. I would highly recommend Mr. Martino's!!!
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