Marzano now open on College Ave
I don't see anyone else having scooped me on this topic. Marzano opened four nights ago in what was formerly the bar space in Garibaldi's. They are clearly going mano a mano with Oliveto's downstairs and A Cote. A great addition to the neighborhood. Soon you won't be able to get in.
The menu is surprisingly reasonably priced. There are about 7-8 pizzas on the menu, a few entrees (some very attractive baked ziti I saw at the next table, one fish entree, a couple of other things), and a lot of starters and salads. Pizzas are $15, and larger than what you get at Oliveto. A pizza and salad would be a very reasonably sized dinner for two. From 9 pm to midnight, the prices go down so the pizzas are only $10. I definitely see this as an excellent option for folks in the neighborhood getting home from work late (like me).
We had a pizza bianca with prosciutto and arugula, which was very tasty, a lovely heirloom tomato salad, and a starter of house-cured sardines. My husband and I are big fans of the little fish and order them whenever possible. These were particularly good, with a slightly sweet dressing with golden raisins and almonds, and some tiny radishes with their greens.
Other starters and salads looked promising as well. They also start you off with yummy grissini that I assume they make themselves.
The dessert menu looks great but we didn't try anything.
Marzano on College is really close to my home and it's now my favorite place for thin-crust wood-fire pizza around town. My first pizza I tried was the calamari, which had some greens tossed in a vinaigrette and placed on top of the tomato-based pizza. If you don't like your pizza topped with greens, you might not like it but I loved the crunchy greens with calamari and pizza. The pizza was thin, but not super crispy. But it was a good vehicle.
I came back another time and tried the four cheese pizza with oyster mushrooms. It was good with a lot of cheese and thick pieces of mushroom that was hearty.
I also tried other things on the menu, but I felt like the rest of the menu is pretty average compared to the pizza. The chopped salad is definitely a big plate, and so is the tri color salad. But are perfect winter salads (although I didn't like the chunks of cheese in the chopped salad).
I also had the arancini, and it was fried really lightly with chunky rice inside. Good! The octopus appetizer was a bit spicy and the octopus chunks got mixed with the potatoes, so you felt like you couldn't tell which was which. Another time I had the sweet shrimp appetizer with citrus that was refreshing but I don't see it on the menu any more.
For dessert I got the panna cotta, which I think is their most popular dessert. It was creamy but more on the thick side, which is good. But it wasn't hard. Light almond flavor. Served with citrus. There's also a good chocolate buddino, which comes from the Garibaldi's menu.
Here's some photos of my first two visits: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/201...
PIZZA QUESTION: This kind of bugged me and wondering what people think. The second time I went for pizza, the cheese pizza I got was charred. And I know it looks hand-made, but this time the charring actually made a hole through the pizza. This was contained to what was probably one slice of the whole pie. But it wasn't just one hole, it was maybe 2-3 holes of varying sizes. And again, the hole went through the pizza, it wasn't like the big bubbling crust popped and you get the leftover, it was "hold up the pizza slice and see your dinner partner" kind of hole.
I ended up not saying anything because the pizza was good and the server was nice, and I didn't want to make a scene. But in my head I thought how embarrassing that they served this pizza that was literally burnt through to guests. I know it would mean a long wait to get another pizza, but still. What would you guys have done?
I think there's a fine line between crispy pizza and burnt pizza. I recently experienced burnt pizza at Marzano's on College and sent it back. The server was very nice and didn't try to justify the extra well done pie.
One thing I have noticed is that the one on College does not have truffle oil on their 4 cheese pizza, like the one on Park, unless they've recently changed their menu. I used to go out of my way over there to have it. Between the two, I prefer the one on Park, especially since I think the bartender makes better drinks.
Funny you had a burnt pizza at the same place as me! :)
Nice to hear that they didn't make a big deal about it. So I might say something if I get one with a hole again. Marzano on College is just more convenient for me since I don't have a car and the Park one would probably be a trek.
We went the other night because we wanted pizza and it was the closest place. Everything had big, bold flavors.
The grissini were good. Arancini (3 for $11) in a sweet tomato sauce were quite good though I prefer meat filling. Meatballs (4 for $10) were really good. They wouldn't give us bread to sop up the delicious sauces, though they did give us an extra crostino.
House-made sausage and quattro formaggi pizzas ($14 each) were delicious and had a nice char, but to my taste they load them up with too much cheese so the crust isn't crisp. Two pies were a lot for three to share, one would have been enough.
Soft-serve Straus ice cream, not my thing. My friend like his DIY affogato as he could keep topping off the coffee with more ice cream.
Nice wine list with some good values.
They were working on the Garibaldi's space next door during dinner service, occasionally using jackhammers or something equally noisy. I didn't appreciate that, seems greedy and inconsiderate.
Good food, but for this sort of menu I'd rather go to Dopo.