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Thoughts on Marcellino's

rjlebed Oct 26, 2010 11:06 AM

I would love some thoughts on Marcellino's. Recommended, or not! Thanks.

7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    Arizphil Nov 7, 2010 03:38 PM

    My wife and I ate at Marcellino's last night. It was wonderful. Everything was great...except the bill. Marcellino's may be the best Italian restaurant in the Valley and is one of the top venues generally. It is just very expensive. The wine list is competitive, but the food items are pricey.

    7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: Arizphil
      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 8, 2010 12:18 AM

      I feel kind of silly asking, but... Expensive for what you got, or just expensive in general? If it's one of the best places in town, it's going to command a premium price... and I already go into downtown Scottsdale fully expecting every item to be stuck with a $2 trendiness surcharge.

      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
        kmarg Nov 8, 2010 04:44 PM

        $20-30+ pasta dishes. Handmade custom flavors, abd wonderful, but that $2 trendiness charge is just a start. So expensive in general. Still worth it, just need to be prepared. Not mom and pop at all.

        1. re: kmarg
          Mother of four Nov 8, 2010 05:04 PM

          What is a $2 trendiness charge?

          1. re: Mother of four
            JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 8, 2010 07:29 PM

            It's my snarky way of saying that food in downtown Scottsdale is more expensive seemingly for the sole reason that one is eating it in downtown Scottsdale.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
              Bill Hunt Nov 14, 2010 06:33 PM

              I cannot recall if their prices increased in the new location, or not, but then seldom really reflect on the costs, until someone starts offering Kobe Beef (the real stuff).

              In our several trips, I did not notice an uptick, but might well have just overlooked it.

              I rate them a "great," and am far happier paying Chef's prices, than many of the new, chef-named steak houses.

              Also, for the wine lover, Chef usually has a few "hidden gems," that never make it to the wine list. Ask, and see what he's got lurking.


              PS - I understood the "trendiness surcharge." We see a lot of that in London, and especially with a particular, very trendy restaurant group there. They add a £10-20 "cover charge," per person, just to dine with them - and the prices are high, even for Mayfair. Hope that that idea never catches on in the US.

    2. Bill Hunt Nov 5, 2010 08:19 PM

      We were great fans of the old location, and got there fairly often.

      Though the new restaurant is farther from us, we have been there a couple of times, and really enjoyed it, plus the venue is very nice.

      I found no weak points (noise level is about the same), and will definitely be back, as will most of our friends. Great chef, wonderful staff, and a new restaurant. OK, more miles for me, but worth the drive, so long as we do not delve too deeply into the wine cellar.

      Speaking for some good friends (they travel to Italy almost every other year, and she writes cookbooks), we give it four thumbs up!



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        kmarg Oct 26, 2010 10:19 PM

        Haven't checked out the new location, but previous visits to old store were always great. The fresh made pastas and sauces are fantastic. Great wine list and owner friendly service. I think it is one of the top Italian places in town. And they do price it accordingly.

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