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Marco - 11 Reviews - 253 Hanover St, Boston, MA - Family Style Dining Reviews - Phone (617) 742-1276


253 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-1276
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Marco - Boston, MA


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I recent visited Marco and the food was amazing. We started out with the figs wrapped in prosciutto stuffed with blue cheese it was highly recomended. The bolognese is amazing the...


I was not impressed with the service at Marco's. I ordered my pasta and got the wrong dish. I politely told my waiter that I didn't order it. He insisted that I did, yelled at...

Best The North End has to offer 7/2/2009

I recent visited Marco and the food was amazing. We started out with the figs wrapped in prosciutto stuffed with blue cheese it was highly recomended. The bolognese is amazing the best in Boston hands down. The Cavatelli was fresh and full of flavor. I will be back for more. I can't understand some of the reviews. This place was a delight. Pros: Food, Service and wine Cons: 2nd floor more

An average experience 6/19/2008

I want to love this place, I really do. I love the atmosphere and feel the service is great. There was a mistake with our order and the waiter took care of it without any of what I perceive to be the typical North End negativity that I have experienced at many restaurants in the area. My friends and I enjoyed the zucchini blossom appetizer and the ricotta/mozzarella fritters which came in a tasty tomato sauce. We loved the homemade foccacia. Our salads were good, kinda lame dressing, but okay. I had the salad with baby asparagus, white beans, arugula and she had arugula with bacon and pecrino. Nothing was wrong with the salads, but they were kinda forgettable. We ordered a half order of 2 different pastas: one was the orechiette with shrimp (overcooked shrimp) and a chicken and penne in a carbonara-style sauce. Both of us felt the pastas were okay, but nothing we would order again. The portions were generous and I wanted to love them, but we both thought they were just okay. Why do so many restaurants not have salt and pepper on tables anymore, by the way? I can't help feeling it's as if the chef thinks the food is seasoned so perfectly that salt and pepper are not needed. People have different palates and I don't like having to ask for salt and pepper. Maybe it's just me...anyway, Marco was okay. I had been there once before and had the steak, which was really tasty and cooked perfectly. We had pasta with bolognese sauce that time too which I thought was good. However, this time 2 people with us had the bolognese and were not crazy about it. One of the people with us loved the homemade sausage. more

Bad service and below average food for the price 5/11/2008

I am a long time resident of Boston and now a resident of the North End and I have to say it is rare that I am very disappointed to the point of being upset with a restaurant. The main issues I had were service and the quality of food. The recommended appetizer was heavy and bland. (cheese fritters). We arrived at 4:45 and our entree came at about 5:45. That is my girlfriends entree came at 5:45, there was a mistake in the kitchen and my entree came at 6:05. I had the pleasure of watching her eat as I drank our bottle of wine I waited for the food. No attempt was made to apologies or even explain the mistake. The dish was then overcooked. I have news for Marco -- Go to Il Panino and try the Ossobuco, then try your own braised veal shank and let me know what you think. My girlfriend was also served and charged for the large order of her meal when she had ordered the small portion. I find it hard to believe that Marco will last more than a few years in such a competitive environment as the North end. I for one will not be going back. Pros: Very good house wine. Cons: Service, food quality, value more

Cozy and great add to North End 5/1/2007

Marco is a cozy and small restaurant in the North End. It serves Italian food, but not traditionally Italian, and the restaurant has a nice style of modern decor and romantic tables, with a nice fireplace, and brick walls. We greatly enjoyed wine priced $35 a bottle, and the entrees were tasty, not the best there is in the North End, but very good. Pros: Atmosphere, price, menu Cons: Tight corners more

Even the pepperoni is special 2/21/2007

This restaurant, like others have stated, is like a speakeasy- hidden away on the second story along Hannover Street. Its pretty much across the street from Mike's Pastry- look for their admittedly small sign and go up the stairs. Pros: The taste. The food. The prices (relative to other places of this caliber) Cons: Tough to find the first time more

questionable 10/11/2006

can one trust someone that has given a horrible or amazing review to this restaurant while they have not commented on any other? I think marco is great!! Pros: great food, staff, cozy Cons: price more

The Place To Be In The North End 8/24/2006

Look no further if you want amazing food, fantastic wine, and phenomenal service. I cannot understand any negative reviews this establishment has received. Honestly I have lived in Boston for quite awhile and also traveled to some of the most revered areas for classic Italian cuisine including Little Italy in New York and spent some time traveling Italy itself and the most amazing dining experience you could have throughout Boston is Marco. There is nothing comparable. When you enter this rustic Italian gem, make sure that you are hungry for incredible food, matching wines, and knowledgable/caring/incredible service. The awesome part is that you won't have to break the bank to do it. The only reason to miss this place is because you are foolish and cannot find it. There is something genuine about a place that you can only get to through description. This is the speakeasy of Italian dining in Boston and if you take the time to find it, I couldn't imagine you being disappointed. Try anything on the menu and leave content. Ask the advice of the servers and you will be mesmerized by both the quality and friendliness of your dining experience. No matter who you are and your necessities/qualifications for dining out, Marco is the place to be. Pros: Food, Service, Wine Cons: Not one, EVERYONE swears it more

It cannot get any better! 8/22/2006

This wonderful restaurant served me the best meal I have ever had! Pasta dishes are wonderful, there are creative salads appropriate for the season and the appetizers will leave you mesmerized. Best of all the wine; great Italian reds and whites that go perfectly with your meal. Ask the servers, they know what they are talking about! The service in general is wonderful and to top it all, the ambience is the most perfect blend of cozy, sophisticated and friendly. Eating at Marco makes you feel like you are in on the most glorious secret. more

I guess here, the customer is never right 7/13/2006

I was not impressed with the service at Marco's. I ordered my pasta and got the wrong dish. I politely told my waiter that I didn't order it. He insisted that I did, yelled at me, and made me feel like a complete moron. With a huff, he asked me what I did order, and I told him, then he continued to tell me that I didn't order it, that I ordered what was in front of me. I was appauled and I told him just to forget it that I would just like it wrapped up since I could not eat it since it had tomatoes and meat on it. After all that he brought me what I originally ordered. I never had a worse dining experience. more

The Greatest Azzuri Restaurant in Town 4/11/2006

This is by far the best Italian ""Cibo"" in the Boston area. There are so many things to rave about. First and foremost, the owners make terrific use of a small size restaurant. The place looks fashionable without trying too hard. It's a bit noisy but that's what genuine Italian dinning is all about. Great food and great conversations. Marco isn't flooded with tourists who tend to overflow the NorthEnd. This place is for people who love genuine Italian food that doesn't always need to be pricey. The dishes are a delight. The appetizers are superb. Try the Endive salad. It's a mega hit. Entrees are delicious and very creative but not in a fancy snoby type of way. Service is terrific and the staff is very friendly. Prices are very reasonable. You won't leave hungry and you won't be disappointed. I will go there many times again for sure. Pros: Food, Service, Decor more

Delicious, Warm and Friendly 11/14/2005

Food - Delicious, Atmosphere - Warm, Service - Friendly Hands down the best italian food I've had since my last visit to Italy. Chef Matt is both talented and friendly. I highly recommend a visit to this new restaurant. Pros: Chef, Service, Home made Ravioli more
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  • In Short
    Chef Marc Orfaly aims to replicate the success of Pigalle, his award-winning Theatre District restaurant, with this rustic Italian bistro. Located on bustling Hanover Street,...

  • 10/20/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 09:30 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, North End