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Nov 26, 2008 12:35 PM

Marco Polo TONIGHT!

My wife and I have lived in Carroll Gardens for more than two years, but have never been to Marco Polo. Tonight is the night. What should we order? What should we stay away from? Other constructive suggestions?

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  1. Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions for you, just a request that you post something about your dining experience after you dine. I have lived 2 blocks away for years and keep meaning to try it.

    1. The Margherita D.O.C. with mozzarella di bufala is superb. They use an excellent and flavorfull mozzarella. A large would be perfect for two to share.

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      1. re: boccalupo

        Sorry. I had pizza on the brain. Was thinking of their next door Marco Polo Pizza. I also have not tried their restaurant proper. Would be happy to hear how you liked it.

      2. Please do reply. I walk by there when I vist but have not eaten there and would be most interested to read your comments

        1. For later arrivals, I think they have a signature pasta dish called Fettuccine al Vino Rosso.

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          1. We went and enjoyed it quite a lot. It has a darkened, old world feel like the restaurant my grandparents would've gone to when they wanted to splurge. I'm concerned that the yuppies -- and, as much as I hate to admit, I'm one -- moving in may not appreciate it, with the other, trendy options. But it's a place that deserves to hang around.

            The service was pitch perfect; attentive, but not overly so. We lingered long after the meal was over, enjoying the last drips of our bottle of wine. In commemoration of their 25th anniversary, the restaurant had 25 bottles of wine for $25 each, which is not a bad deal. The white the waiter recommended was excellent, though I don't remember what it was called. They also have a fixed price menu for $25 (appetizer, entree, and dessert) which is quite good for that much food.

            We did try their Fettuccine vino rosso, which was tasty, not a culinary revelation, but decidedly tasty. They toss it in a hollowed out wheel of parmesan, which is mostly schtick. The wine flavor is mild and, as you'd imagine, it's coated with a more than generous amount of parmesan cheese. My wife started with the pumpkin soup, which was the soup of the day and had a modest amount of cream in it. I'm not one for pumpkins but she thought it was delicious. For dinner, she had the octopus appetizer (small eater, what can I say) , and said it was the best octopus she'd ever had. I was less thrilled with the trout I ordered (something like trout gratina). It came swimming in a butter sauce that I could've done without entirely.

            For dessert we had the hot apple pie with ice cream; I think it might have had another name, but that's essentially what it was. The presentation was a little unusual, with two flaky, filo wontons filled with pie filling and the vanilla ice cream on top. But it definitely hit the spot.

            It is definitely worth the experience.

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            1. re: Thissteaks4you

              I wouldn't worry about them hanging around, as i don't think they rely on the new yuppies in the neighborhood for their business.

              But thanks for the report. I have been around the corner from them for many years and have never made it there for dinner, but always kind of wondered. this may push me to try it, tho we don't eat out for nice meals much in the neighborhood.

              1. re: missmasala

                I have been to Marco Polo twice for dinner, and have enjoyed it immensely both times. As was said, its not a revelation, nor is it meant to be. Its an old fashioned Italian red sauce joint done up to the nines -- the type that you just don't really find much anymore.

                And for all the trendy restaurants that have popped up around Brownstone Brooklyn, sometimes, there is just nothing satisfying than a classic. There are a few places in Park Slope like that as well.

                1. re: elecsheep9

                  has anyone seen this article about Marco Polo:


                  when I said they didn't depend on neighborhood yuppies for business, I meant it!

                  1. re: elecsheep9

                    Admittedly, I havent been back since the current chef was new (a couple of years now?) but I've gone 10 times previous to that over the previous 10 years and have never been impressed with them. Always been more form than substance. Maybe now I'll try again, although Thissteaks4you's experience with the over sauced fish is more to my memory. With the current anniversary special (that's been going on for several months now), it's probably worth a try; however, when they charge their normal menu prices, Queen is much, much better for this style place.

                    1. re: Steve R

                      I see that you still haven't forgiven them for their Valentine's Day "special" menu. I wouldn't either.

                      1. re: Steve R

                        I went once and did not care for it. For the money, I would rather spend the extra couple of dollars and few minutes on the F train to eat pasta at Lupa.

                        Agree with Steve R; Queen is a much better choice for that style.