THE GET DOWN
There are not too many restaurants like Marino in LA. Why? Because from the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, you’ll feel nothing less than taken care of. The service is impeccable, the food is amazing, and most of all the Matre D’ SAL will make you feel like you’re part of the family.
Yes, even if you walk in with kids, they’ll be treated just the same! Now THIS is my definition of a very special restaurant experience. Whenever there is a menu item named after the restaurant you’re dining in, order it. Hence, the Marino salad is a good direction to start. The eggplant caponata, cheese and salami makes what would otherwise be an ordinary salad extraordinary.
The pastas are handmade (and you can order some to go next door), the eggplant parm has some old school lovin in it, and the side dishes are everything you would want to accompany your meal. Your Italian Grandma would be very proud of the chef right about now. Especially with the Bolognese; it’s perfectly sweetened with carrots (the way it should be).
Don’t let Marino’s white tablecloths fool you. It is not a stuffy kind of place at all. You can tell that the people that dine at Marino, dine there often. Marino’s has had very loyal following in LA for over 30 years. What it lacks in design, it certainly makes up for in charm. Marino, we love you! And can’t wait to see you again…
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Bolognese and all the feels
Homies, Domestic Imports, Well-Cultured
Not promoted, but you should take the chance
Bluebird, Snook Nuk
Phone: (323) 466-8812
The Spotted Cloth
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For those with little
runners & screamers:
Here, you can forget the fact that it’s your rambunctious child that’s screaming and STILL enjoy most of your meal.
Not promoted, but you should take the chance:
If your toddler is at the stage when an iPad or some other colorful distraction can be used for an un-interrupted 20 minutes, then go for it.
Uh-uh, NO WAY, don’t even think about it!:
I don’t care how cute your toddler is. Pop your head in… turn around… walk away. PERIOD.
No contained area:
A place you cannot leave your toddler alone, not even for a second.
Enclosed, but space is tight:
If YOU can’t fit between the tables then you know you couldn’t catch your toddler if they tried – this isn’t Norm’s.
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