Marzano's Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 516 Garfield St S

    Tacoma, WA 98444

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  • 253-537-4191

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Tue-Fri 11am-2pm

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CRAMPED and UNCOMFORTABLE dining experience. Tables can be jammed into corners where you do not want to be seated as you will be pinned in there later by a party of six arriving later. Music is loud and conversation difficult. You are more apt to hear dialogue from the tables that surround you than anything from your date just across from you. Food is good but difficult to eat when your arms can't move. Service can be rushed but is friendly. Please remove some tables and provide breathing room for your clientele. Sad!!

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CRAMPED and UNCOMFORTABLE dining experience. Tables can be jammed into corners where you do not want to be seated as you will be pinned in there later by a party of six arriving later. Music is loud and conversation difficult. You are more apt to hear dialogue from the tables that surround you than anything from your date just across from you. Food is good but difficult to eat when your arms can't move. Service can be rushed but is friendly. Please remove some tables and provide breathing room for your clientele. Sad!!

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Provide more room for your dining clientele so there experience is comfortable rather than cramped and closed in by tables squeezed too close to one another. Then turn the music down and improve service for a more appreciating crowd.

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Provide more room for your dining clientele so there experience is comfortable rather than cramped and closed in by tables squeezed too close to one another. Then turn the music down and improve service for a more appreciating crowd.

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My husband and I get cravings for this place around once a month. It isn't cheap so we don't go too often. I just love the spaghetti and he gets the scallops tortellini. This is the best Italian food Tacoma has to offer and you will not get disappointed.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I get cravings for this place around once a month. It isn't cheap so we don't go too often. I just love the spaghetti and he gets the scallops tortellini. This is the best Italian food Tacoma has to offer and you will not get disappointed.

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I arrived at five o'clock on Friday without a reservation. When I told the hostess/waitress that I was dining alone, she said there would not be a problem, and she quickly arranged a table for me. While I was waiting, I heard the staff

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★★★★★

I arrived at five o'clock on Friday without a reservation. When I told the hostess/waitress that I was dining alone, she said there would not be a problem, and she quickly arranged a table for me. While I was waiting, I heard the staff

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Hands down the best Italian Restaurant I have ever been to. The food is amazing. No matter what you order you can not go wrong, the whole menu is amazing. The place has a great atmosphere. The wait staff is wonderful. It is a little higher price, but worth every cent.

5
★★★★★

Hands down the best Italian Restaurant I have ever been to. The food is amazing. No matter what you order you can not go wrong, the whole menu is amazing. The place has a great atmosphere. The wait staff is wonderful. It is a little higher price, but worth every cent.

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I have had almost everything on the menu (not veal). The gorgonzola and the bowtie sage cream pastas are mine and my boyfriend??s absolute favorites! Dinners come with fresh made bread (ask for the fresh grated parm) and a delightful spring veggie salad with vinaigrette. The wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and the owner (Elisa) is there almost every night to make sure everything is top notch. The decor is nice and the venue intimate so it can get loud when the place is packed, which it usually is. All of the desserts are amazing so save room!!!

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★★★★★

I have had almost everything on the menu (not veal). The gorgonzola and the bowtie sage cream pastas are mine and my boyfriend??s absolute favorites! Dinners come with fresh made bread (ask for the fresh grated parm) and a delightful spring veggie salad with vinaigrette. The wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and the owner (Elisa) is there almost every night to make sure everything is top notch. The decor is nice and the venue intimate so it can get loud when the place is packed, which it usually is. All of the desserts are amazing so save room!!!

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My wife and I get cravings for this food. I always have spaghetti with marinara and she always has the tortellini aurora with scallops. We are travelers and have eaten in probably a hundred Italian restaurants and this one has absolutely the best flavor. It is head and shoulders above the nearest comparable. Also the homemade balsamic vinaigrette is the best ever as well. You will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

My wife and I get cravings for this food. I always have spaghetti with marinara and she always has the tortellini aurora with scallops. We are travelers and have eaten in probably a hundred Italian restaurants and this one has absolutely the best flavor. It is head and shoulders above the nearest comparable. Also the homemade balsamic vinaigrette is the best ever as well. You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Exquisite flavor and fresh ingredients

Cons: mildly pricey--but soooo worth it

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This restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to. It's nestled in Parkland next to PLU - a little hard to find, but worth it. It's small, but the food is out of this world. The Chicken parmesan is the best, and they have a great wine list as well. It's a little spendy, but you pay for what you get, and it's honestly worth it. I would highly recommend going to Marzanos!

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★★★★★

This restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to. It's nestled in Parkland next to PLU - a little hard to find, but worth it. It's small, but the food is out of this world. The Chicken parmesan is the best, and they have a great wine list as well. It's a little spendy, but you pay for what you get, and it's honestly worth it. I would highly recommend going to Marzanos!

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Marzano's was delicious! I loved it, it is a little hidden, but something that needs to be found and enjoyed by everyone. The people are friendly and the food is great! I really enjoyed their pizza!

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★★★★☆

Marzano's was delicious! I loved it, it is a little hidden, but something that needs to be found and enjoyed by everyone. The people are friendly and the food is great! I really enjoyed their pizza!

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Marzanos is a nice little Italian Restaurant by PLU. They have good food and the atmosphere is nice and calming. Good place to eat. Their spaghetti is really good.

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Marzanos is a nice little Italian Restaurant by PLU. They have good food and the atmosphere is nice and calming. Good place to eat. Their spaghetti is really good.

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This little italian restaurant in parkland is by far the best Italian food in the whole state. From the anti-pasta down to the Tiramizo. Great food Good prices.

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★★★★★

This little italian restaurant in parkland is by far the best Italian food in the whole state. From the anti-pasta down to the Tiramizo. Great food Good prices.

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Marzano's is regularly reviewed as one of the best kept secrets in the Puget Sound region. There is a good reason, it truly is one of the best places you will ever go to eat. It is not fancy by any means, but you will feel right at home here. It is nice, clean, and comfortable. Most importantly, it is home to some great italian food prepared using local ingredients. I have had great seafood dishes each time that I have eaten here.

We showed up on a Saturday night without reservations, but they still quickly made room and found us a table. They have pleasant wait staff and will make your dining experience memorable.

One drawback is that there is not much privacy. The building is quite small, as it is situated on a corner near Pacific Lutheran University. If you go while school is in session, you may have difficulty getting a parking spot. This is a great place to take an important date, or a business client. Look forward to great memories!

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★★★★★

Marzano's is regularly reviewed as one of the best kept secrets in the Puget Sound region. There is a good reason, it truly is one of the best places you will ever go to eat. It is not fancy by any means, but you will feel right at home here. It is nice, clean, and comfortable. Most importantly, it is home to some great italian food prepared using local ingredients. I have had great seafood dishes each time that I have eaten here.

We showed up on a Saturday night without reservations, but they still quickly made room and found us a table. They have pleasant wait staff and will make your dining experience memorable.

One drawback is that there is not much privacy. The building is quite small, as it is situated on a corner near Pacific Lutheran University. If you go while school is in session, you may have difficulty getting a parking spot. This is a great place to take an important date, or a business client. Look forward to great memories!

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I kept hearing my boyfriend talk about Marzano's and how great the food was so, I secretly made reservations and surprised him with a romantic evening out. From the minute we walked in the door, the service was amazing. We started with the bread and oil, then moved on to the Goat Cheese Torte, then on to the salad. The vinaigrette on the salad was so good. I really wished I had asked what was in it. Then came our meals, piping hot and bursting with wonderful flavor. We ended dinner with one of their fabulous desserts and coffee. There was so much food left over. We gladly took it home and had it for lunch the next day. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to enjoy great service, a wonderful wine selection, phenomenal food and unbelievable ambience.

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★★★★★

I kept hearing my boyfriend talk about Marzano's and how great the food was so, I secretly made reservations and surprised him with a romantic evening out. From the minute we walked in the door, the service was amazing. We started with the bread and oil, then moved on to the Goat Cheese Torte, then on to the salad. The vinaigrette on the salad was so good. I really wished I had asked what was in it. Then came our meals, piping hot and bursting with wonderful flavor. We ended dinner with one of their fabulous desserts and coffee. There was so much food left over. We gladly took it home and had it for lunch the next day. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to enjoy great service, a wonderful wine selection, phenomenal food and unbelievable ambience.

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This place has always been the finest dining in the PLU area, it is a MUCH tastier choice than "From the Swamp" right down the street.

However, as this place's popularity grew, or maybe it was a recent change in management, the prices have risen to astronomical highs. It IS very sumptuous food, but the cost is too great. Bills for two people can easily exceed $75 with two entrees, tax, wine and tip.

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This place has always been the finest dining in the PLU area, it is a MUCH tastier choice than "From the Swamp" right down the street.

However, as this place's popularity grew, or maybe it was a recent change in management, the prices have risen to astronomical highs. It IS very sumptuous food, but the cost is too great. Bills for two people can easily exceed $75 with two entrees, tax, wine and tip.

Pros: wonderful food and service

Cons: price

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Marzano's is fun, noisy, cozy place to go for great Italian food. I took my mom there for her birthday dinner on 1/12/07. The ambiance is like somebody's large house (in fact the restaurant is a converted house). We walked in and could instantly smell warm melt y candles and great food. The candlelight, tapestries etc give a very warm and inviting feeling, very homey and happy and comfortable. The delicious bread on the table is homemade and tastes like it, including a buttery, crunchy crust, and there's a bottle of spiced olive oil at the table for dipping the bread in. I had strawberry lemonade, mom had a fruity iced tea that was really different and very good, and we both had the seasonal green salad with red onions, walnuts and the house balsamic dressing...oh, wonderful. Mom ordered the chicken gorgonzola, I had the Fisherman's Bows (prawns, scallops and bow-tie pasta) - both were excellent, and very huge portions - we both could only eat half and took home the rest in take-out boxes. Mom ordered tiramisu for dessert and they brought it on a "Happy Birthday" plate with a lit candle. It was absolutely to die for, the best I've ever had, and I ordered the canoli which was a downright religious experience. The cream inside is sweet and puffy, the outside is crunchy and carmelized...oh marron, I could have eaten a dozen of those. The coffee was very, very good as well. The service was excellent, surprisingly fast , even on a crowded Friday night, no problems. We even got two parking places directly outside the front door. The only down side to Marzano's is that it's so noisy you can barely hear your dining companion right across the table. But the up side is that everybody's having so much fun, you'll probably make some new friends at the table across from you (we did!) Our total bill was only $62. All in all a great experience and we will be back...oh, the canoli!

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★★★★★

Marzano's is fun, noisy, cozy place to go for great Italian food. I took my mom there for her birthday dinner on 1/12/07. The ambiance is like somebody's large house (in fact the restaurant is a converted house). We walked in and could instantly smell warm melt y candles and great food. The candlelight, tapestries etc give a very warm and inviting feeling, very homey and happy and comfortable. The delicious bread on the table is homemade and tastes like it, including a buttery, crunchy crust, and there's a bottle of spiced olive oil at the table for dipping the bread in. I had strawberry lemonade, mom had a fruity iced tea that was really different and very good, and we both had the seasonal green salad with red onions, walnuts and the house balsamic dressing...oh, wonderful. Mom ordered the chicken gorgonzola, I had the Fisherman's Bows (prawns, scallops and bow-tie pasta) - both were excellent, and very huge portions - we both could only eat half and took home the rest in take-out boxes. Mom ordered tiramisu for dessert and they brought it on a "Happy Birthday" plate with a lit candle. It was absolutely to die for, the best I've ever had, and I ordered the canoli which was a downright religious experience. The cream inside is sweet and puffy, the outside is crunchy and carmelized...oh marron, I could have eaten a dozen of those. The coffee was very, very good as well. The service was excellent, surprisingly fast , even on a crowded Friday night, no problems. We even got two parking places directly outside the front door. The only down side to Marzano's is that it's so noisy you can barely hear your dining companion right across the table. But the up side is that everybody's having so much fun, you'll probably make some new friends at the table across from you (we did!) Our total bill was only $62. All in all a great experience and we will be back...oh, the canoli!

Pros: Great moderately priced Italian food, easy parking, fast service, canoli from heaven.

Cons: Very very noisy

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I am a visitor to the area, living in Oregon. I have traveled around the world and many times to Italy. I would rate Marzano as one of the best Italian restaurants I have experienced in or out of Italy. The ambience is pure Italian, as is the menu. I was especially impressed with the service. Never did we feel rushed, but neither did we wait very long for the next course to arrive. When a table was finished the dirty dishes were immediately removed and an attractive new setting was placed. The serving portions are very generous, but for people like me who do not wish to take a "doggie bag" home, they will split entrees for a reasonable $3.00 charge. As mentioned by another reviewer, the Tiramisu is extraordinary. The wine list is well chosen and a wide selection of wines by the glass are available. My wish would be that the restaurant be closer to me, if it was it would quickly become my favorite.

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★★★★★

I am a visitor to the area, living in Oregon. I have traveled around the world and many times to Italy. I would rate Marzano as one of the best Italian restaurants I have experienced in or out of Italy. The ambience is pure Italian, as is the menu. I was especially impressed with the service. Never did we feel rushed, but neither did we wait very long for the next course to arrive. When a table was finished the dirty dishes were immediately removed and an attractive new setting was placed. The serving portions are very generous, but for people like me who do not wish to take a "doggie bag" home, they will split entrees for a reasonable $3.00 charge. As mentioned by another reviewer, the Tiramisu is extraordinary. The wine list is well chosen and a wide selection of wines by the glass are available. My wish would be that the restaurant be closer to me, if it was it would quickly become my favorite.

Pros: service, food, wine list

Cons: noise, need for reservations, large portions

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I used to work here and I've actually sat down and ate here more times than I can remember. This is THE place for special occasions, taking a date or just having a nice dinner (or lunch). Summertime is beautiful on the patios. Elisa, the owner, has spent a lot of time creating the perfect atmosphere. Her recipes are flawless. There is no place like this in Washington. Try to save some room (which might be very difficult) for the desserts. The homemade Tiramisu is the perfect ending to a perfect dinner. Don't be stingy with the Tiramisu, one slice can feed at least four people.

Enjoy! I promise you wont be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I used to work here and I've actually sat down and ate here more times than I can remember. This is THE place for special occasions, taking a date or just having a nice dinner (or lunch). Summertime is beautiful on the patios. Elisa, the owner, has spent a lot of time creating the perfect atmosphere. Her recipes are flawless. There is no place like this in Washington. Try to save some room (which might be very difficult) for the desserts. The homemade Tiramisu is the perfect ending to a perfect dinner. Don't be stingy with the Tiramisu, one slice can feed at least four people.

Enjoy! I promise you wont be disappointed.

Pros: Romantic, Ambience, Quality

Cons: Tight seating, Loud on weekends

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Reccomended by friends, we didn't know you needed a reservation, went there for our anniversary and they still sat us, AWESOME service and food. Best in Tacoma by far...

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★★★★★

Reccomended by friends, we didn't know you needed a reservation, went there for our anniversary and they still sat us, AWESOME service and food. Best in Tacoma by far...

Pros: Great food, service, ambience...

Cons: still a little pricey, but good for special occasion

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This restaurant is amazing! A great, very cozy place to take your significant other. Marzano's offers a superb selection of wines as well from all around the world! The manicotti is the best disk I've had here. The plates are decorative and the food is nearly-perfect! Raviolis come in at a close 2nd for my favorites here! Expect to pay around $20 for a dish here though. It's worth it!

PROS: GREAT food!
CONS: A bit spendy

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★★★★★

This restaurant is amazing! A great, very cozy place to take your significant other. Marzano's offers a superb selection of wines as well from all around the world! The manicotti is the best disk I've had here. The plates are decorative and the food is nearly-perfect! Raviolis come in at a close 2nd for my favorites here! Expect to pay around $20 for a dish here though. It's worth it!

PROS: GREAT food!
CONS: A bit spendy

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You can't find a better chicken parmigiana! Marzanos is classy, gourmet italian food with a great atmosphere. And it's fairly affordable! Also check out their wine list!

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You can't find a better chicken parmigiana! Marzanos is classy, gourmet italian food with a great atmosphere. And it's fairly affordable! Also check out their wine list!

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Converted house makes you feel like at home. Service is friendly and casual, but professional. Food is beautiful and tastes awesome. Best Restaurant...GO!!!

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Converted house makes you feel like at home. Service is friendly and casual, but professional. Food is beautiful and tastes awesome. Best Restaurant...GO!!!

Pros: Value, Atmosphere, Great food

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My husband and I have been going to Marzano's Restaurant for many years. It is consistently excellent...we always have trouble deciding on what to order...we have so many favorites on the menu. There are 4 or 5 "specials"...in addition to

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My husband and I have been going to Marzano's Restaurant for many years. It is consistently excellent...we always have trouble deciding on what to order...we have so many favorites on the menu. There are 4 or 5 "specials"...in addition to

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My husband and I love going here on romantic dates. The atmosphere really does remind us of a fantastic vacation we had in Tuscany years ago.The tables are close together - so if you don't like that, you may feel uncomfortable. Just

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My husband and I love going here on romantic dates. The atmosphere really does remind us of a fantastic vacation we had in Tuscany years ago.The tables are close together - so if you don't like that, you may feel uncomfortable. Just

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If you are looking for a real good Italian place to eat withoutout the "chain" restaurant, look no further. There is a liitle place called Marzano in Parkland in the PLU area. It is located in a house but don't let this steer you away.

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If you are looking for a real good Italian place to eat withoutout the "chain" restaurant, look no further. There is a liitle place called Marzano in Parkland in the PLU area. It is located in a house but don't let this steer you away.

 

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