I love Robino's! I have been going there since I was a baby (I'm 61 now). Unfortunately, I no longer go to Robino's due to the high crime rate in Wilmington. While their food is excellent, I don't think a plate of spaghetti is worth getting shot over.
as a kid this was the place to go.........now it is filthy, smelly and serves horrible food. we were appalled the last time (and it will remain the LAST time) we ate there. the carpets look moldy, there is an odd smell to the whole place. the food was just bad.
I have been going to Mrs. R for over 20 years. I started going there as a child. It has some nice memories for me. I have never had a bad meal there. I have also had a few special things catered. I agree with one of the other posters, it doesn't have much atmosphere, but if you want some basic authentic Italian food this is the place to go! Not a place for snobs!!!
Mrs. Robino's Restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten at, I used to eat there 3 times a week when I lived in Wilmington. The atmosphere is wonderful, price is reasonable, food is execellent, and the wait staff is very good. Only down side is the parking, but I usually took a cab so no biggie for me.
Have been eating here for 50 years. All pasta is homemade although store-bought is available. Sauce is incredible. I love the regular and the meat sauce and have been told the red sauce with crab meat is good too. We love the chopped antipasto w/o anchovies and my granddaughter loves the fried cauliflower. Not on menu -have to ask for it. Other Italian restaurants come and go - but Mrs. Robinos has been around forever. MMM mmm - my mouth is watering...gotta go! p.s. great peanut butter pie.
Mrs. Robino's is a Wilmington institution, and for good reason.
Mrs. Robino's is a blue collar joint, not fancy. The sauce there is so popular that locals will call ahead, bring their own pot, and then take just a pot of fresh sauce home to eat at their own table. You can order anything for take-out, and I used to do so at least once a week.
In the event that you wish to eat on the premises, be warned that there is invariably a line to be seated, and waiting times can stretch beyond 30 minutes. There is a bar, but not nearly enough seating to wait comfortably for a table. There are some benches along the wall, but the waiting area is cramped, and usually crowded.
The solution? Call ahead. Ask the name of the person that you speak to on the phone, tell them the time that you will be coming, and with how many people. When you arrive, walk to the front of the line and ask for that person. You will be seated immediately, or within two to three minutes.
The other speciality of the house is the antipasto. You will be asked whether you prefer it chopped or un-chopped, with or without anchovies. I recommend it chopped, with anchovies on the side. Add your own olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, to taste.
The pricing is cheap, reflecting the clientele and the ambiance, neither of which are pretty. But these are not the foundations of the fame of this eatery, which has flourished in the same location on Union street for decades. Patrons who know all the good Italian joints in Wilmington go to Mrs. Robino's for the food, and for the prices. I once took a client there for lunch, fed six people, with drinks and dessert, and got out for under $50.
For take-out, I used to get an order of antipasto, an order of ravioli, an order of spaghetti, and an order of gnoccis, and pay around twelve to fifteen bucks.
I stopped eating Italian food anywhere else in Wilmington. I used to live there. I tried all the nearby restaurants, and there are many. It is not uncommon for folks to drive all the way down from Pennsylvania, and from Philadelphia, to eat at Mrs. Robinos.
Parking is definitely a problem. You will want to give yourself plenty of time, so that you can drive a couple of race-tracks around the block to find a spot. You can usually find a place on one of the side streets to either side of Union street.
In sum, Mrs. Robinos is not for the snooty, and it does not feature high cuisine. It is the best place in Wilmington for good, basic, very competent Italian food like your grandmother used to make, if you were lucky enough to have an Italian grandmother. Wear whatever you like, and enjoy the great prices.
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