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8188 Brecksville Rd. (Wallings Rd.) Send to Phone

Lunch Sun.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Marco Polo's Restaurant Review

: If it looks and feels like this place has been around forever, that’s because it has. The oldest section was hand-built in the 1820s from large stones dragged out of a nearby stream. Other parts have been added on over the years and, inside and out, it is a real blending of old and new with tile, stone, dark wood and wrought-iron elements, white-clothed tables, high-back chairs and green plants. The menu, too, blends old and new styles of Italian fare. For an appetizer, try the Marco’s sampler: stuffed mushrooms, spinach and artichoke dip and the restaurant’s own bruschetta. Another nice appetizer to share is the warm Brie cheese with French bread, toasted almonds and seedless red grapes. EntrĂ©es include most of the Italian dishes with which we’re all familiar: spaghetti, lasagna, eggplant Parmigiana, ravioli, fettuccini Alfredo, chicken Marsala, but all are done well---you can’t go wrong with any of them. Some of the more outstanding are veal saltimbocca (with onions, garlic, Marsala wine, sage, prosciutto, asparagus and mozzarella) and calamari marinara. A good selection of meat entrĂ©es includes the unusual bourbon black cherry filet, an 8-ounce steak topped with a sweet black cherry-bourbon sauce---probably too sweet for some, but we liked it. If you have room, try one of the large homemade desserts. Service is friendly and efficient.


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