After reading about Marscapone's in the Zagat guide, my wife and I were anticipating a wonderful meal. However, when we arrived at the restaurant, the first thing we noted was the very limited number of cars parked outside. Once inside, we also observed a small number of diners in the restaurant, which we thought unusual for 8 PM on a Saturday evening.\r
We an appetizer of mozarella w/ marinara sauce. Both of us agreed that the cheese was bland, and the sauce was only mediocre. Two of our children who were with us also did not enjoy the appetizer. The garlic bread that was put on the table was also rather bland and we all took one taste of it and ate no more. The salad that came with the entree was not bad, but was in no way memorable. We each ordered different dishes (lasagna, fettuccini marscapone, chicken marsala, and fettuccini marscapone with pesto ) The lasagna was awful, and 3 of us tasted it and agreed. The chicken marsala was mediocre, with the marsala sauce not having the slightest sweetness to it. The two fettuccini dishes were not as bad, but neither of them could be considered good. The pasta was not al-dente. Although we heard that the desserts were outstanding, none of us had the slightest interest in prolonging such a substandard dinner. To say the least, each of us was highly disappointed in out meal, especially after having such high expectations from the Zagat review. We had just eaten at IL Sol in West Hollywood the night before, and the food could not have been better. Given that experience, it made Marscapones that much less memorable.\r
My wife and myself live in Maryland and were visiting California on vacation. We dine at Italian restaurants in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City frequently, and consider ourselves to have very good taste (and high standards) when it comes to Italian food. This restaurant simply was very overrated based upon our selections.
Pros: good place to go if you don't want to be recognized
Cons: food was bland and unappetizing