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POLPO MARIO

Via XXV Aprile 163, 16039 Sestri Levante, Italy
0185 480203
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Ranked #29 of 136 Restaurants in Sestri Levante
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $27 - $67
Cuisines: Sushi, Italian, Chowder
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Considering all the good comments, we decided to give it a try. The staff is nice and the food is good, but I wonder. Does it deserve those praises? I don't think so. Nothing outstanding about this restaurant. Good but not outstanding. It is not particularly worth seeing

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Old Bethpage, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our dishes were excellent! Ravioli with shrimp in a creamy sauce....spaghetti carbonara with tuna and seared tuna with mushrooms. Wonderful and friendly waiter!,

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Being seated at a table in an empty section of restaurant as all others booked-2 hours later we were still alone!! Pasta was very good my fish warm at best mainly tepid-tuna over cooked and dry Pricey and no smiles !!

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

After years in Sestri Levante Polpo Mario is always a certainty. The good is delicious, the food mix is interesting, but not so complex that at the end you do not know what you are eating. The chef has been the same for years and he gave his imprinting to the cooking. Obviously, if you do not like fish this... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Restaurant kindly prepared local anchovy dish (bagnun) for me, and some grilled vegetables for my wife, neither of which were on menu. Out-of-season flexibilty perhaps, but no less appreciated. Everything very tasty and the pumpkin bread was so good that my wife said she would choose it for her last rites - and we got to take some away with... More

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Best, The Netherlands
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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Had a wonderful evening at Polpo Mario. The interior of the restaurant is a picture but the dishes are superb too. Although it was very busy the staff made time to explain and suggest what to eat. So we 'stumbled in' some delicious surprises we never had before. For sure one of the best places we eat in Italy!

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Oslo
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went four times during an eight day stay. Maybe we are a bit lazy, but the food was simply very nice. In particular, if they have the cuttlefish carpaccio for starters, go for it! Also the pasta and the main courses we had were very good.

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Milan, Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Went to this restaurant and found the menu with very poor options. Waiters were kind but had no clue what the restaurant had to offer, if you asked: do you have shrimps? They said one minute, disappeared for five minutes and then came back saying no. Do you have melon? I need to ask, they replied. We lastly ordered some... More

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CantinadelPolpo, Proprietario at POLPO MARIO, responded to this review

Hello, First sorry for my bad English knowledge, I hope to explain correctly our point of view: We bag your perdon for the delay in serving you our mixed grilled, but we'd like to inform that we have a fixed menù with 8 proposal for each courses (total of 24 dishes) plus a daily menu composed of other 9 proposals...... More

Oslo, Norway
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122 reviews 122 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

After returning to Sestri for several summers, we finally tried Polpo Mario. The service was good and the server was able to speak English, which was quite helpful. The trofie al pesto was delicious, but the spaghetti brezza (with clams and mussels) was lacking. Lots of empty shells and the dish was too oily. My husband had tuna with porcini... More

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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641 reviews 641 reviews
481 restaurant reviews
1,289 helpful votes 1,289 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a restaurant I really wanted to try, as the chef wrote a book titled "I lived on love and octopus" which includes something like 130 recipes for cooking octopus. NB: those are typical old style recipes, not the creative spread of the chef. The base cooking style is indeed typical ligurian, which has its moments - I am... More

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