Mario's Place will probably most be appreciated by serious foodies and people who enjoy good wines. By that I mean people who are not just happy with a steak, a pizza or pasta for dinner. In other words, food prepared by a trained chef from the best ingredients. In that area they excel. They have a pretty amazing wine list as well.
My wife and I live in San Diego. We are fortunate to have previously lived in Santa Monica and we dine out often for both pleasure and business reasons. We have visited Italy 6 times so far as well as other European countries. When we are in Riverside, we always make it a point to have dinner at Mario's place. We feel that the restaurant would be successful in Italy, West Los Angeles or any place we have ever visited. Where they stand out the most is in their specials. They are a gourmet restaurant in a market that caters to many people with less ambitions taste. Therefore, their standard menu, for the most part, is mostly focused on the market they are in. However, in our opinion, the specials are always very impressive.
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