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“Great Italian Fare” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza

Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza
Ranked #3 of 50 Restaurants in Port Isabel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $26
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza is located in Port Isabel, Texas adjacent to our historic and renowned Lighthouse Square. Enjoy our classic Italian dining and coastal cuisine with old-world charm, casual elegance and a vast menu of hand-made pasta dishes, delectable seafood, pizzas and other Italian classics. At Marcello's all of our bread, pizza dough, sauces and dishes are made from scratch and we take great pride in our fresh, quality ingredients. We serve lunch and dinner daily. We look forward to serving you!
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Italian Fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went to this restaurant on Friday night on 15 August, and we a party of 4 and we all were very hungry and wanted to check out some italian food... we decided to go here and was pleasantly surprised that the food was very tasty and abundant.. I ordered the Bruschetta app and it was very good... the others in my party ordered Calamari and they loved it... the bred that accompanied our meal was really good and my Margarita Pizza was good but had wayyy too much Basil on the pizza... The Mango Martini was incredibly delicious! Yummy!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rekhalove10
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We all appreciate your comments and business. We all appreciate and look forward to serving you and all of our guests in the future. Please also join us at our other restaurants in the future, Pirate's Landing, Sea Ranch, Laguna Bob's, and Pier 19
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“Awesome Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

My family of 9 went into Marcello's for Italian food and pizza and it was great! The pizza's were huge so we split them, the bread was yummy, a few of us had pasta and it was amazing. Our large party was sat in the Pub portion where Adam the bartender did a great job. Another plus is the drink specials until 7:00. BIG margarita's are $3.50, a glass of wine was $3.00. You can't beat those prices. Next time we are here we are NOT going to fight the crowds in South Padre or pay the over priced prices. We will eat here in Port Isabel at Marcello's a couple meals!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Georgia S
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We all appreciate your comments and business. We all appreciate and look forward to serving you and all of our guests in the future. Please also join us at our other restaurants in the future, Pirate's Landing, Sea Ranch, Laguna Bob's, and Pier 19
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Port Isabel, Texas
1 review
“That place was a great place to get some great food with excellent customer service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

When I first came in I was greeted with warm smiles and great relaxing music there was a sense that I had been going for years when in fact it was my first time eating in Marcello's. As for my food none can complain at the art we were given, it was by far the best meal I've had in years, and when I was ready to leave our server James with a great smile had our food packed for us and bid us a wonderful night.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank 09211959
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We all appreciate your comments and business. We all appreciate and look forward to serving you and all of our guests in the future. Please also join us at our other restaurants in the future, Pirate's Landing, Sea Ranch, Laguna Bob's, and Pier 19
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Bastrop, Texas
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“Carry out”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

Staying nearby with our pet and didn't want to leave him alone to go eat so opted for this number 1 rated restaurant. Mind you, we had lived in this area from 2005-2008 and had eaten here previously. In fact, Joe was our neighbor. But that didn't improve the food nor has time. I was told carry out time would be 15-20 minutes so I arrived about 22 minutes after placing the order and was told it would be another 5-7 minutes. OK. When I got our orders, a shrimp and scallop scampi style with a side of liguini and a Caesar salad side and a flounder stuffed with lobster and crab with a side of sauteed veggies and a Caesar salad, they were very hot (in a good way) but loaded with juices that sloshed out of the container. Container was rather flimsy and made a big mess. OK. Maybe the food is good. NOT! The shrimp and scallop got fettucini instead of linguini and the shrimp and scallops was awash in olive oil/butter/grease, no nice light lemony wine sauce - just yuk. The stuffed flounder was even more unimpressive with some kind of mush stuffing. Absolutely no discernable meat in the stuffing - either crab or lobster - along with horrible taste and texture. I scraped it all out and ate just the fish which wasn't any the more impressive. I don't know how TripAdvisor rates restaurants but I'd have to admonish them for this number 1 rating and I am sure we will not be trying Marcello's ever again.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Faithe917
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We appreciate your comments. We are sorry you were not satisfied with your carryout purchase. I personally never advise carryout. The product is never the same as served fresh in the restaurant. We ask and invite you to pleasse come inside and dine and assure you we will please you,
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4 reviews
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“Unbelievable Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

Upon walking in we were greeted so graciously and felt like we were visiting friends. This was our first time there. We had the pot roast spaghetti and encrusted salmon, wine, bread,soup, salad. It was all so amazingly good. To top it off JJ our waiter, was the greatest waiter EVER!!!!. We are so happy we stopped there for dinner. Thank you, Marcello's restaurant.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Steveaxelrod007
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We all appreciate your comments and business. We all appreciate and look forward to serving you and all of our guests in the future. Please also join us at our other restaurants in the future, Pirate's Landing, Sea Ranch, Laguna Bob's, and Pier 19
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