Italian >Ristorante Marcello
2100 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411637.742615 -122.488704
Neighborhoods: Central West, Central Sunset
Marcello restaurant – We have been to this establishment several times. The noise has always been bad. Can't help that, but last Saturday night we went there, had reservations, but the service was terrible. We had to wait, at least 5 minutes, before anyone came to our table. Then another 5 minutes for our cocktails. Finished our cocktails before anyone came to take our order. Terrible. The noise was terrible, the food good, the service was terrible. We will never go again.
I have been eating and getting food to go from Marcello's for over six years now and I have been a very loyal customer. Last night, I got a chicken liver dinner and eggplant parmigiana dinner to go and I have to say that I was quite disappointed with the quality of the food.
I mean I just didn't feel the usual love! Where is the love?
The salad didn't have as much mushed-up goodness, and my chicken livers were dark and freaky looking, and not very delish.
I certainly hope this is just a fluke. An off night, perhaps.
Go here and you'll actually find Sanka in the menu. Sounds pretty funny by today's standards, but you have to understand that Marcello's marches to their own beat.
Come to think about it, my grandma used to drink instant coffee with her afternoon snack. She's about the age of the people who go to Marcellos, and I think this is because during war time, there just wasn't enough time to be brewing coffee and waiting for proper temperature and all that. That's my guess, at least.
Nevertheless, this place is a gem. You must see it and taste the truly fabulous food.
Last time my husband and I went there, we were told by the waiter "Here's the eggplant parmigiana, which isn't made with eggs, and the sweetbreads, which isn't sweet. Funny, isn't it?"
That's the style at Marcellos. You're family when you go here, and we wouldn't want it any other way.
Always satisfied with the good food, although long waits on Friday night sometimes when you have no reservation. Parking isn't always easy too so I just order take out and it is always great.
They never scrimp just because it's for to go.
Go for the Pasta – Get the carbonara or matriciana--you can't go wrong. Their minestrone soup is also delicious. The portions might be large, but the upside is that you will have totally delectable leftovers for weeks. (The pasta is totally freezable--just thaw overnight and add some water when re-heating.) It's the best pasta outside of Italy I've EVER had.
Ah yes, Marcellos! The old standby at Taraval street. Went here last weekend in the middle of the drenching rain. As usual, a warm greeting from Marcello himself. The waiters all know my boyfriend. It's like coming home to family. I can't say enough about this restaurant.
They one of the last ones brave enough to have chicken livers, or sauteed sweetbreads in the menu. Oh wait a stinking minute, I did I mention the Sanka? They have that on the menu too.
I think they definitely serve whatever pleases them, and good for them too! You go! The food is good. The salads are specially yummy. You guys are great!
Excellent local SF restaurant – This is a hidden gem in the sunset. Great food, reasonable prices, great friendly staff. Try it you won't be disappointed
Mushroom friendly! – My wife found this local spot on citysearch and since I love italian food we decided to try it> The service was just fabulous, the waiter explained everything on the menu to us and did an excellent job of making us feel right at home. The menu has a mushroom on the back and it turns out the owner of the place goes up to the moutains occasionally to find the largest and most flavorful wild mushrooms around. We really enjoyed ourselves and think this place is something special. We highly recommend it!!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Park-side trattoria dishes out Tuscan pastas and seafood entrees; wine list offers Californian and Italian wines.
Great Old Place – On our visit to this restaurant we were pleasantly surprised. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, (or the inside) but we had a great dinner. The Veal Marcello and Chicken Dore was perfect. The house salad and dressing was delicious. The place is full of regulars who seem to know the waitstaff very well. The waitstaff was hilarious and very attentive. They really made us feel at home.
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