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“Excellent in the North End” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marco

Marco
253 Hanover St., 2nd Flr., Boston, MA 02113 (North End)
(617) 742-1276
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Ranked #461 of 2,672 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: North End
Transit: Haymarket goverment center
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent in the North End”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Most every restaurant is very good in the North End, but Marco's is our favorite. It is small and intimate therefore a reservation is a must. But it is worth it. Both the cocktails and wine list were excellent and our waiter gave us great recommendations as well. The menu, while limited, has a wonderful selection and the pasta with bolognese sauce was a standout at our table. We also liked the fact that you can order a half or full serving and most of us ordered the half and were very happy with the portion. It was my daughter's birthday and they brought a complimentary piece of tiramisu which made her very happy. We will continue to come to this restaurant!

  • 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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Providence, Rhode Island
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341 reviews 341 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Lovely trattoria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

What a lovely trattoria! It is on the 2nd floor and is small but that adds to the charm. The menu is changes and is small but the selections are thoughtfully prepared. There are more primi than secondi choices. They offer gluten-free options. We had the burrata special which is a "must have" if it is offered. The pasta and risotto entrees we had were both very good. The wine selection is very nice. We enjoyed the Querceto chianti which is always great. The service was also very good.

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Washington, D.C.
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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We enjoyed our meal at Marco. The fried stuffed zucchini blossoms were a bit overly cheesy. The beet salad was well-presented and very good. The half-portion sizes of the entrees were very generous. I could not finish my eggplant lasagna, and my husband struggled to finish his cavatelli. Overall, a very good meal. Listen to other reviewers and try to snag a table near the window -- excellent people-watching abounds!

Visited September 2012
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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“Wonderful Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I read the consistently positive reviews on Yelp and Open Table and had to check it out. We requested a table by the window which I would recommend highly since it offers great views of Hanover as well as a bit of a respite from the noise in the restaurant. While tucked away on the second floor in a cozy but not crowded space, the room can get noisy. The waiter brought us a delicious amuse bouche to start and we had the restaurant price fixe meal ( it was restaurant week) which offered several choices that would please fish, meat and vegetarian palates. The wine list a good selection of very reasonable reds and whites and it was easy to find a few good choices for under $50 which is rare these days. The pastas were fresh, the sauces for each of the 3 dishes that we had were unique and suited the dish perfectly. Wonderful tiramisu and chocolate cake to finish off a great evening. Dinner for 4 with a bottle of wine was about $220 including tax and tip - well worth it.

  • Visited August 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Favorite restaurant in North End, Boston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We've been eating at Marco's for the past few years and it's become our favorite destination in the North End. The food is sourced locally and is absolutely delicious. We've always enjoyed good, friendly service. To save a few bucks, try a bottle of the house wine: It's very good and reasonably priced. The last time we at there was during Restaurant Week and it was busier and bit louder than usual. But I find that I generally don't have to strain to hear conversation at my table, which is very important to me. This is a gem and I highly recommend it to others.

  • Visited August 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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