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“Real Deal Italian Home Cooking” 5 of 5 stars
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Martino's Italian Villa
1929 North Washington Street, Kokomo, IN
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Ranked #24 of 128 restaurants in Kokomo
Cuisines: Italian
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Kokomo, Indiana, United States
1 review
“Real Deal Italian Home Cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I grew up in an Italian neighborhood, and my wife is of Italian descent. Having moved here from the Chicago area 30 years ago, the wife and I (and eventually kids) would enjoy catching up on good Italian food when we visited family back in the Chicago area. However, Martino's has been an oasis for us: here we find authentic Italian food, like the neighborhood.

Martino's has the best bread in town, hands down (and available for carry out), and that is the foundation for great Italian sandwiches and food. Bread is king. Their sauces are real-deal Italian.

There are other very good Italian restaurants in town, and their food is excellent as well. Martino's niche is not gourmet, ritzy Italian, but rather the kind of food real Italians love on a daily basis. And no culture "lives to eat" quite like the Italians. A little advice: before you leave, patronize the take-out section of the restaurant and bring home a loaf of bread. We stop there regularly to bring home a loaf of bread. Be sure to keep the loaf whole; tell them "no" if they ask to slice it. Enjoy!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Excellent home-style Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

When you want the best authentic Italian food in Kokomo, Martino's is the place. I grew up in Kokomo and paid the restaurant a visit for lunch. The food is just as good as ever. Our party had a full stromboli with extra pizza sauce, two Italian roast beef sandwiches, and a chopped steak with mashed potatoes and no gravy. Two of us had salads -- ample portion, everything fresh with excellent French and thousand island dressings -- and one had Angela's chili (Angela is the current owner's mother, who helped open the restaurant in 1962). The service was friendly and prompt. And the price tag was less than we expected. They also have take-out.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Dinner for 25”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Excellent food and drinks as always! Everyone was pleased from Steaks to Italian dishes, the Cosmo Martini's were Wonderful!!

Visited August 2012
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“Not your Olive Garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is more authentic than any chain you can find locally. Service can be slow at times, but it is worth the wait. Bread was very fresh!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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