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My wife and I are coming into town for a dinner at Marea--alas, couldn't nail a res at Atera. Would like some recommendations about Marea's food and drink.

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  1. The pastas and risotto are excellent, as is the crudo.

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      I'm with you on this approach, Nancy S.
      We go there pretty often, and generally make a truly excellent meal out of the crudos and a selection of pastas.
      I feel that the main courses are simply not as good as the crudo/pasta approach, and have learned to eschew them.
      This may seem a serious criticism of the restaurant, but one can construct such a fantastic meal without ever getting a main course, that we keep going back.

      1. re: strangemd

        Agreed, the composed "cooked" fish preparations are a bit disappointing (especially given its name and sea-affinity), but the ricotta was the best I've ever had in a restaurant. Desserts are tasty as well.

    2. This thread has some recent comments and food recommendations:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620825

      If you type "Marea" into the search box above, you may some helpful info.

      1. I ate at Marea 4 or 5 years ago. At the time there had been a lot of talk about Creekstone beef in the news (i.e, NY Times). Marea had a Creekstone steak on the menu. Consumed in shame for ordering a piece of meat in a fish restaurant, I ordered it (rare). That was the best piece of meat I ever ate.