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Aug 24, 2011 03:59 PM

Rome/Trastevere - MARCO G

I see no reviews or even mention of this restaurant in Trastevere. Has anyone eaten here, and what can you tell us? All replies greatly appreciated.

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  1. Did you see the name on TripAdvisor, where Marco G occupies the enviable position of No. 3 restaurant in Rome? If I had to guess, I'd say that the owner is using TA, by fair means or foul, as a marketing tool. The first review dates from February of this year. How likely is it that such a new restaurant would rise to the No. 3 position on unaided merit? A great number of the reviews are by one-time posters, and the owner evidently follows the TA reviews assiduously, commenting on almost every one of them. Gushingly on the positive ones, rudely on the negative ones. Have you looked at the Web site? It's plastered with the TA logo.

    Restaurants that no one in Rome has ever heard of sometimes rocket into the top positions on TA. A few years ago, it was The Library. This year, it's Marco G. Go at your own peril.

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    1. re: zerlina

      Thank you Zerlina. It did seem a little too good to be true. Your analysis is greatly appreciated and I think your suspicions are quite compelling ones.

    2. We fell for this one... Saw the TA reviews and decided to try it last night. This was by far the worst meal we had in Italy over the past 10 days. Pasta dishes were just not at all good. The sauce for the tortellini pomodoro was sugary sweet and my fusilli with truffle sauce didn't even taste of truffle oil in the least...more like an instant mushroom gravy. Definite tourist trap IMO. only redeeming qualities were competent service and a decent, interesting and reasonably priced wine list.

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      1. re: Jpand01

        This is the beauty of Chowhound. Sorry for your experience Jpan01 but I am sure am grateful for your man-on-the-street 1st hand real-time instant report on this place. I am fairly savvy about all things on the net but this one almost fooled me. Thanks to you and Zerlina(marketing tool indeed!)... I will pass on Marco G.

        1. re: michaeldempsey

          I had the same suspicion...Thanks for confirming it. Everytime I walk by there, it has a different name with different people and menu.

          1. re: cristinab

            Wow...just shows to take trip advisor reviews with a grain of salt. We ate at Hosteria Mercato last night on Campo di' Fiore and had one of the best meals we've had in Italy. Delicious scallopine di maiale and oricchiete secondi, and ricotta di buffalo primo. Of course, the trip advisor reviews make this place sound awful. Glad we didn't check before sitting down, because we would've chosen differently had we read the reviews.

      2. Just came across this, looking to see what people might have said about this place. I have more recent experience at Marco G. We ate dinner there in May 2013 and enjoyed it so much we went back two nights later. The first evening we were there, the place was almost full. When we went back, admittedly a little earlier in the evening, we were the only ones there.

        I had the porchetta and it was to die for. The service was really good as well. I posted some of the photos on my flickr page, in case anyone is interested.