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“Average Italian food...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Marios

Marios
1298 Main St, Dubuque, IA
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Ranked #19 of 170 restaurants in Dubuque
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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90 reviews 90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Average Italian food...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

If you have had REALLY good Italian, like from the North end of Boston where you can dine on heavenly aromas, this place will NOT stack up. It is OK, just not superbly special in my book. The sausage and veggie pasta was primarily tiny diced potatoes with noodles and pretty bland. Add a few mini diced onions and couple carrot shreds and a few mini diced pieces of plain sausage. Not much to impress and this was an advertised special. We also had calzone. Again, nothing to shout about. Somewhat doughy. Considering fact that owners are first generation Italian from NYC area, I had higher hopes of finding fare similar to what can be had in Boston.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“fun and relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We love visiting with Mario whenever we eat there! He is an enjoyable man! The food is always great, whether it be Italian or American.

Visited June 2012
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Dubuque
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Family run”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

You will find Mario often greeting customers, ever a gentleman kissing the hands of the ladies. The Italian love is evident in this family run, charming local favorite. Must tries include the Sicilian Salad and Panzaratti.

Visited May 2012
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Delray Beach florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Best Italian in Dubuque !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Mario's is great for authentic Italian cuisine in Dubuque. Run by Mario & his lovely wife (in the kitchen !!!) all your favorite dishes are here.

Visited August 2011
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Ames, IA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Vintage feel, fabulous food, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

After an exhausting day, we stopped into Mario's Italian Restaurant over the weekend for a quick sandwich and a drink. We just wanted a quiet bite before we headed home. My spouse and I both ordered the meatball sandwiches and I had a glass of the house cabernet.

It was exactly what we wanted. Just the right amount of food. The wine, also, was smooth and had a nice finish. The bread was very fresh and tasty with a flavor of garlic, the meatballs were a nice size and delicious. On a personal note, I would have preferred a bit more red sauce on the sandwich, but it was still very satisfying.

Our waitress was attentive without hovering and let us linger at the table as we finished out drinks and immediately brought the check when we asked for it.

I hadn't been to Mario's for a year or more and it was nice to see that the quality was still there and that some things don't change in Dubuque, Iowa.

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