Food Porn: Marco’s Fine Italian Dining

I don’t normally get that excited when Alli and I go to Italian restaurants, but since we started Buffalo Eats I’ve heard only good things about Marco’s Fine Italian Dining. I previously visited Marco’s Deli and loved the food, plus I knew chef Marco Sciortino had some serious chops after watching the Nickel City Chef XII Recap. The restaurant isn’t in the prettiest of places, located on Niagara Street near the Rich Products plant in the West Side, but that definitely doesn’t detour their customers. In the grass “parking lot” across the street we found plenty of luxury cars and inside was a busy crowd on a Friday evening.

When we visited they were in the middle of repainting/renovating the dining room, but otherwise the restaurant has a comfortable/casual atmosphere while still offering formal dining experience. The atmosphere was the polar opposite of what you’d find at Santasiero’s down the street. Our server seemed a little busy and took some time before coming over to the table and taking our order but afterwards everything went very smoothly and she was extremely friendly and helpful during our meal.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Semi-Casual
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Location: West Side
  • Prices: Appetizers < $10, Entrees $15-25

To start our meal, there was almost no doubt that we’d be ordering the Toasted Ravioli’s (pictured below) as an appetizer. Deep fried ravioli’s are maybe one of Alli’s favorite things and Marco’s version did not disappoint. A nice crunchy exterior that wasn’t greasy, filled with a good amount of ricotta cheese and served with a side of their house sauce. Nothing revolutionary about the dish but was executed perfectly and exactly what we were in the mood for.

For our main entrees, I ordered the Penne and Peas (pictured above) while Alli ordered the classic Spaghetti Parm (gallery). The Penne and Peas entree had a nice creamy tomato sauce that had just a hint of sweetness which worked great with the pieces of homemade sausage that were just a little spicy. I really loved the sausage and was pleasantly surprised with the creamy sauce that wasn’t too heavy and really just gave a smooth texture to the dish as a whole. The serving size was gigantic and the flavors were fantastic, which justified the slightly high price tag (all of Marco’s entrees are in the $15-20 range). The Spaghetti Parm was just as gigantic of a serving of noodles, sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, but what really stood out was Marco’s sweet homemade “Sunday Sauce” that Alli really loved. If you are a fan of red sauces that are more on the sweeter side, you will enjoy what Marco’s offers. Both entrees also came with salads that were OK but nothing special and honestly we both could have done without.

Marco’s also serves the typical pizza, sandwiches and chicken wings that other Italian restaurants serve, but we suggest sticking to the entrees. We barely ate through half of our meals because they were so big and went home with plenty of leftovers for the weekend. I’ve been craving that Penne and Peas entree since our visit, which is something that normally doesn’t happen with me and Italian food. I am definitely looking forward to going back to try more.

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5 thoughts on “Food Porn: Marco’s Fine Italian Dining

  1. Any review where Donnie says “I really loved the sausage” will amuse me for hours.

  2. tsuj10

    Marco’s fennel Italian sausage was really good, too — that’s what I ordered the only time I’ve visited.

  3. sandy

    Marco’s Restaurant is amazing!! They serve the BEST Chicken Margarita EVER!!

  4. Thank you Don! I wish I would have come out to say hello, I’m glad you enjoyed, the dining rooms are now finished. Looking forward To meeting you on your next visit.
    Cheers
    Marco

  5. With an Entertainment card, I’ve visited Marco’s twice with my son. I had the linguine with meatballs, and found the sauce to be in need of more cooking! It tasted raw to me, being of Italian heritage, (not Sicilian)! It was an okay dinner, but, my son had a chicken dish with pasta, and he loved it!

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