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Mare E Monti

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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RED WINES
Pinot Noir, Sartori (Veneto)
8
30
Pinot Noir, Coste Mancini (Abruzzo)
12
38
Nero d'Avola, Stemmari (Sicilia)
9
32
Primitivo, Di Manduria, Primo Duca (Puglia)
10
35
Barbera, Barbera d'Abla, G. Gagliardo (Piemonte)
42
Chianti, Superiore, Ruffino (Toscana)
9
32
Chianti, Classico Banfi (Toscana)
38
Montepulciano, Cerulli-Spinozzi (Abruzzo)
30
Montepulciano, Ducaminimo (Abruzzo)
15
50
Montepulciano, Mammut d'Abruzzo)
80
WHITE WINES
Prosecco (DOC) Prima Perla (Treviso)
8
30
Pinot Grigio (IGT) Danzante (Veneto)
8
30
Pinot Grigio (IGT) Corte Moschina (Veneto)
12
38
Sauvignon Blanc (DOC) Borgo Conventi (Friuli)
9
32
Moscato (DOCG) Golden Bubbles (Terre Siciliane)
9
32
Pecorino (IGT) Coste Mancini (Abruzzo)
12
38
Chardonnay (IGT) Stemmari (Sicilia)
8
30
Chardonnay (IGT) Nozzole (Toscana)
9
32
Trebbiano (DOC) Duca Minimo (d'Abruzzo)
9
32
ROSE' WINES
Abruzzo (DOC) Cerasuolo (Abruzzo)
12
38
KNOW YOUR WINES
WINE CERTIFICATION
In the second half of the 20th century, Italy decided to establish a series of laws to safeguard the quality and authenticity of their wine. Italian Wine certification falls into three categories of decreasing strictness: DOCG, DOC, and IGT
Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG)
Seeing this on the label of your wine bottle means that the wine producers followed the strictest regulations possible to make that wine. The wine was tested a committee that then guarantees the geographic authenticity of the wine and its quality. There are currently only a handful of Italian wines that qualify for DOCG status
Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC)
DOC wines are much more commonly found. The rules governing quality and authenticity are still very strict, but they're a little more generous than those for DOCG status. For instance, the geographic zone might be a little bigger or the rules about what kind of grapes might be a little more relaxed
Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT)
This designation was created a little after the DOC and DOCG designations in order to accommodate growers who couldn't meet all the DOC or DOCG regulations for one reason or another, but were still producing great wines
TONGUE, MEET TANNINS
Tongue, Meet Tannins
Tannins are a naturally occurring substance in grapes and other fruits and plants (like tea, for example). The taste of tannin is often described as bitter, causing a dry and puckery feeling in the mouth. Tannins end up in your wine when the vintner allows the skins to sit in the grape juice as it ferments. This is also how wines get their color. Wines that have little or no skin contact end up pink or white, with far fewer tannins. Wines that ferment with the skins for a longer period end up red, with high tannin content. As you'd imagine, red grape skins have more tannins than white grape skins. Fun fact: you can get a white wine from a red grape by removing the skins from the juice immediately. All the color comes from the skins—even red grapes are white inside
WINE FLAVORS AND PAIRINGS
While a perfect balance where both food and wine are equally enhanced is theoretically possible, typically a pairing will have a more enhancing influence on one or the other. This means either the food or the wine will be the dominant focus of the pairing, with the other serving as a complement to enhance the enjoyment of the first
REDS
Pinot noir
Light to medium body with an aroma reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry. Great option for meat and the other fish such as duck and mushrooms and salmon or tuna. Suggested Menu Item: Anatra Croccante, Ravioli ai Funghi
Nero d'Avola
The color is cherry or ruby red with a fruity perfume, strongly reminiscent of blackberries. The flavor is dry, slightly acid, rounded, warm and full-bodied. Great with Eggplant Parmigiana. Suggested Menu Item: Vitello alla Milanese, Gnocchi Alessia
Barbera
Deep color with more intense, powerful fruit. Partners well any meaty dish such as grilled or roasted pork and goes perfect with Bolognese. Suggested Menu Item: Maiale Saltimbocca, Spaghetti con Polpette
Chianti
Medium-bodied with firm tannins and medium-high to high acidity. Floral, cherry and light nutty notes. Pairs best with tomato-based red sauces but will also work with cream- or oil-based sauces. Roast lamb with rosemary and garlic, Roast or braised veal, especially with mushrooms, Bistecca, T bone or ribeye steaks. Suggested Menu Item: Pollo Amaretto, Lasagna
Montepulciano
Aromatic, tannic and with low acidity. Earthy notes, black berries and has an inky-deep purple color. It can be described as "rustic" which is less pronounced when the wine is paired with food. Italian immigrants drank Montepulciano d' Abruzzo with their meatballs and spaghetti. Suggested Menu Item: Pollo Giuseppe
Super Tuscan | Sangiovese
Fresh fruity flavors of strawberry and a little spiciness, but it readily takes on oaky, even tarry, flavors when aged in barrels. Often has a flavor profile of sour red cherries with earthy aromas. Wines made from Sangiovese usually have medium-plus tannins and high acidity. A Sangiovese with high tannins will work perfectly with rich roasted meat, cured sausages and hard cheeses. Suggested Menu Item: Pappardelle alla Bolognese
Merlot
Plum and black cherry are among the most common fruit-based descriptors. Fruity, spicy. Very soft, less tannin than Cabernet sauvignon. Smooth, rounded and "easy drinking" . Pairs best with tomato-based red sauces and meat such as; Osso bucco (braised veal shanks) and Duck which is a rich food that can stand up to a powerful wine, which makes Merlot a great match. Suggested Menu Item: Pollo alla Parmigiana
Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is not meant for light and delicate dishes; in fact the wine will simply crush the meal, spoiling the flavors of the dish. Among its heavy duty flavors are blackberry, black currant, plum, eucalyptus, mint, violet, black tea, dusty earth, cedar, tobacco, coffee bean, mocha, chocolate, vanilla and cut wood. Best with grilled dishes, as the charred nature of the meat mirrors the bitter edge of the tannin in the wine and 'thick' dishes like hearty beef stews, or braised rib. Suggested Menu Item: Vitello alla Parmigiana
Barbaresco
Traditional pairings for Barbaresco are rich meat focused dishes like braised short ribs, beef roasts, lamb or veal chops. Here you'll find that the smoke and earthy qualities of the wine are complemented by the dish. The wine is also amazing with earthy dishes that have mushrooms or truffles, such as risotto with porcini mushrooms, or a grilled steak with a side of grilled mushroom. This will also pair well with earthy cheeses but try to stay away from rich sauces that might overwhelm the wine. Suggested Menu Item: Maiale Saltimbocca
Barolo
"One of Italy's Greatest Wines" - Big, powerful, tannic wine. Will overwhelm food so best paired with pasta and veggies. Suggested Menu Item: Amatra Croccante
WHITE
Prosecco
Prosecco is a young and fresh sparkling wine that is a classic pairing with Seafood. The citrus notes act like a squeeze of lemon on the seafood. Great with anything fried and battered as the high acidity in the Prosecco cuts through the grease and cleanses the palate. This wine would pair great with a starter of Calamari Fitti. Suggested Menu Item: Caprese
Pinot Grigio
Simple, light-bodied, dry and crisp complemented by aroma notes citing lemon, green apple and blossoms. Best paired fish dishes such as mussels and great with cream- or oil-based sauces but can hold its own with tomato-based red sauces. Suggested Menu Item: Zuppa di Cozze, Salmone all Griglia
Sauvignon Blanc / Fume Blanc
Dry, tart and acidic with herbal flavors as well as tropical fruit. Typically, very light which make them a nice match for cream- or oil-based sauces, oysters and grilled vegetables. Suggested Menu Item: Torno Carpaccio, Cannellone di Verdane
Pecorino
Dry, fresh and well balanced. The color is an amber with hints of straw-yellow, greenish streaks. Fragrance is a field of flowers with a note of ripe fruit and a hit of apple. Suggested Menu Item: Merluzzo alforno
Chardonnay
Fruity, buttery, with a velvety feel that's atypical to dry white wines. Best paired with cream- or oil-based sauces, but can also be served with a light, tomato-based red sauce, Risotto, Pork and Roasted Chicken. Suggested Menu Item: Melanzare all Parmigana
Moscato
Extremely refreshing lightly sparkling wine with notes of fresh nectarine, melon and white peach. Delicate, slightly sweet with a long lingering finish
Rose
Light, fruity character with a pink color that can range from a pale orange to a vivid near-purple. Italy makes amazing Rosé that will have a bit of a fizz to them and are typically made by the Barbera grape. Anything high in fat/protein and low in carbs are amazing with this dry wine such as Pork, Ham, Salmon, and Eggplant. Suggested Menu Item: Spaghetti alle Vongole
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our go to Italian restaurant in Worcester. We always sit at the bar, we really enjoy Armando who takes such good care of us! Makes a great drink and an excellent cappuccino. Really enjoy talking sports with him. Aracini and beet salad are two favorites....More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had very high hopes with all the favorable reviews. Sadly nothing lived up to the hype. Very difficult to find parking, entering is also very poorly lit, if you are not a person with perfect eyesight, and perfect abilities, getting in is not easy...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank HelenM151
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Based on other reviews I had high expectations. Then the cold bread was served and it went down hill. Veal was overcooked, pasta and marinara were mediocre, ambience was non existent. Even coffee was served warm, but not hot. One time is enough.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Stevet326
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We frequent this restaurant 3-4 times per year Great food,service and atmosphere Best bolognese around The only setback is there is usually a long wait on weekends

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank fuzzy2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly upscale family place. Mari e Monti is a class act. Great food and really good service. Gets really busy on Saturdays and the wait for over an hour started at 7 last weekend. :(

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank danpestretto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere (read:on the dimmer side), very good Italian food. Definitely on the list of repeat performers in the area!

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Elizabeth T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time visiting this restaurant. Ambience is pleasant.  5 stool bar with TV as you wait for seating.  Exposed brick walls with minimal decorations.  We arrived at 5:30 PM just after opening so we were seated immediately and parked on Wall Street 3 doors away....More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Dave M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came in for dinner and we had the Parmesan wheel pasta which we had for an appetizers for the table and then we had amazing eggplant Parmesan! Best we ever had!

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank 261susany
Reviewed October 9, 2019

We visited on a recent Wednesday evening and the place was very busy. While waiting for my friend, I noticed a large wheel of parmesan cheese being brought from table to table and watched while a parmesan cream sauce with pasta was tossed right at...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Wendy S
Reviewed September 17, 2019

Was a busy night, restaurant was packed with more waiting in the lounge, but the service was excellent - waitress was polite, attentive, efficient. Cocktails were fun. Food was alright.

Date of visit: September 2019
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kaycon165
October 16, 2019|
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Response from drjeff | Reviewed this property |
Amstel light only I think
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Maureen S
May 18, 2018|
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Response from Kiki2010 | Reviewed this property |
There is street parking. Just look for a spot.
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Jasmine N
March 28, 2017|
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Response from BrendaTM | Reviewed this property |
No! Full service bar.
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