This spot offers traditional Italian food in a culturally vibrant part of town. Located along the Corso Italia, a strip of shops and restaurants in ... More
This spot offers traditional Italian food in a culturally vibrant part of town. Located along the Corso Italia, a strip of shops and restaurants in Toronto's Italian community, the restaurant adds to the experience of walking the neighbourhood and sampling its rich and authentic flavour. The clientele ranges from locals of all ages to visitors from around the world who walk in after window-shopping. The main courses consist mostly of pasta dishes and Italian sandwiches.
I would just like to say that I have been to Marcellos a couple of times but something has changed. What seemed to be an alright evening quickly turned to big disappointment. After our food we were brought the bill, even though it was not requested and the waitress said that we can stay as long as we want she just brought it because she was finishing her shift. So my friend and I chatted for a bit longer and realized that the staff was becoming increasingly hostile towards us because of we were not freeing the seats. In fact as we decided to leave, the management (in italian) very rudely spoke of us as my friend just stopped to go to the bathroom. I speak Italian and it was not professional at all to hear comments as such. As a highly rated restaurant, there should be some professionalism and respect towards the people who come and pay not only for the food but for the service as well. That is all I have to say, would I go there again, no thank you. I have been treated better.
i have been going to marcellos for about 10 years.Both the st.clair location and the vaughn location are fantastic.the pizza is the best in the city,the service is fast and friendly and the owners make u feel at home every time
I have been going to Marcello's for almost 16 years. The food is always amazing, and I can be a picky eater. The service is good 99% of the time, occasionally there will be a new server who is not as helpful, but in general everyone is friendly and helpful.
Its a local place with amazing food and its incredibly popular. The wait can be ridiculous and they don't take reservations, but if you wait you will not be dissapointed. The pizza and gnocci are especially good, topped with a slice of frutti de bosco a better meal is hard to find.
I have been going to Marcello's for about 5-6 years now. I know they have opened there new location in Woodbridge, but me and my boyfriend really enjoy the St. Clair location.
But this last time everything changed. My boyfriend seen that there were no table seating for two set up. This was to put more people into the place, so you would be seated beside other people and if you asked to be seated alone. The waiting staff would make upseting comment to everyone that was waiting to be seated. We were very upset, but we just wanted to eat. The food was ok, but not like it was before they did even service our food together and coffee was so sour and it take then 20 mins to ask for our order.
I will never go back!!
Although it may take you a few minutes to get seated (there are no reservations taken) any wait is well worth it.
The fried calamari and the caprese salad are terrific. Any of the pizza's are good, the pasta is plentiful as are the special dishes. I recently had osso buoco (spelling?) that was like homemade.
Whatever you do, save a bit a room and split a piece of tiramusi...it's Toronto's best!!
Staff is good, particularly because they remember you even if you are infrequent visitors.
I have been to this restaurant many times and I have not had one bad meal. The calamari is fabulous as is their Caesar salad. You do have to arrive early. If you come at 6 pm, there may be two or three tables left. It fills up quickly! Love the place!
I would love to rate this restaurant but I'll never get the chance.
On the recommendation of a Toronto newspaper, we tried to eat there on a Thursday evening, arriving, as recommended, early, since they don't take reservations.
There was already a line up but we were told it would be a "little bit" which, when pressed, was defined as 20 minutes.
Twenty-five minutes later a table for two was clearly available. We asked if we could have it and were told that no, it was being held until nearby tables emptied so the tables could be aggregated for a party of 12 that arrived 15 minutes after we did.
Since they refused to take reservations, we were perplexed. The server who was handling seating said that he had to do what was most efficient for the restaurant, which is to say, in my interpretation, make the most money and screw those who had been patiently waiting. At that point, we were told it would be another 20 minutes.
Needless to say, we left.
It seems as though this restaurant caters to clients it knows -- so if you don't know anyone, don't bother.
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