Disclaimer: I have not eaten here in over 10 years and I once worked as a waitress at Mario's about 15 years ago. This is the type of dining experience that you never forget. The minute you walk in the door the aroma starts you salivating and the atmosphere takes you to another time and place. Italian and Italian/American music is always playing in the background. You are immediately made to feel like family by the family who own and operate this fine ristorante. You will not find any warmer, welcoming, and generous proprietors. The food is all freshly made from scratch, with only the finest ingredients, and the highest standards I have ever seen in the many restaurants I have worked at in my lifetime. I must confess on my numerous visits to Mario's I had a hard time deciding what to order because so many of the dishes were my favorites and I could never finish all I wanted (that's what "doggie bags" are for!). Of all the restaurants I have worked and dined at all over this country, and surrounding countries, this is the one I still dream about, and can taste from memory. I do not know what is currently on the menu, but I will make a few suggestions based on my memories and hopefully these items are still available. Mario made his own homemade Italian sausage and it is to die for!, Start with that as an appetizer. The antipasto salad with his homemade red wine, garlic, and oil dressing was another unbelieveably good starter. Mario baked his bread fresh daily and never in our life have we had better bread! My husband was addicted to it and could never stop eating it. Mario also made a great garlic bread, worth the extra cost. My personal main course favorites were his lasagna, his veal picatta, and his pizzas. When available, his homemade spumoni was the ultimate dessert and his wife, Chris, made the most wonderful frozen peanut butter cream pie. Any time we had visitors come from out of town we always took them to Mario's and always had a great dining experience. This is not a grab and go eatery, this is dining in the true tradition of dining in the Italian way, so make time to relax and enjoy an evening you will never forget. We are planning a trip out west for next summer and will make the 3 hour round trip out of our way just so I can make my dining dreams come true again!
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