Marzano's is fun, noisy, cozy place to go for great Italian food. I took my mom there for her birthday dinner on 1/12/07. The ambiance is like somebody's large house (in fact the restaurant is a converted house). We walked in and could instantly smell warm melt y candles and great food. The candlelight, tapestries etc give a very warm and inviting feeling, very homey and happy and comfortable. The delicious bread on the table is homemade and tastes like it, including a buttery, crunchy crust, and there's a bottle of spiced olive oil at the table for dipping the bread in. I had strawberry lemonade, mom had a fruity iced tea that was really different and very good, and we both had the seasonal green salad with red onions, walnuts and the house balsamic dressing...oh, wonderful. Mom ordered the chicken gorgonzola, I had the Fisherman's Bows (prawns, scallops and bow-tie pasta) - both were excellent, and very huge portions - we both could only eat half and took home the rest in take-out boxes. Mom ordered tiramisu for dessert and they brought it on a ""Happy Birthday"" plate with a lit candle. It was absolutely to die for, the best I've ever had, and I ordered the canoli which was a downright religious experience. The cream inside is sweet and puffy, the outside is crunchy and carmelized...oh marron, I could have eaten a dozen of those. The coffee was very, very good as well. The service was excellent, surprisingly fast , even on a crowded Friday night, no problems. We even got two parking places directly outside the front door. The only down side to Marzano's is that it's so noisy you can barely hear your dining companion right across the table. But the up side is that everybody's having so much fun, you'll probably make some new friends at the table across from you (we did!) Our total bill was only $62. All in all a great experience and we will be back...oh, the canoli!
Pros: Great moderately priced Italian food, easy parking, fast service, canoli from heaven.
Cons: Very very noisy