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“Very good food but poor atmosphere”

Mario's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 69 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I have to admit, when I first stepped into Mario's I thought it would be a dingy Italian pizza place with bad cooking. But looks can be deceiving. The food here is very good but it is more Iike a 70's family pizza place than a fancy Italian restaurant. The Mediterranean salad was very good with crumbled feta cheese and red peppers. The eggplant parmesan was also very good. It was really heavy and oily, but it was cooked well and tasted good. The marinara sauce was also seasoned well. The major failing for me was the atmosphere. The lighting was very dim, it was very loud, and the carpet was dirty. This is a good place for a family dinner with babies or small children, but definitely not for a romantic date or a special occasion.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Good, consistent food at a great price. Love the chicken parm. For those so inclined, there's the ability to byob wine or beer.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Solid no frill Italian food that's inexpensive. This gem has been operating for well over 40 years. It's the go to family place for Italian food and pizza.

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Reviewed 20 July 2016

I first ate here after college, while working down the street. It hasn't changed a bit, and that is one of it's great blessings. Mario's offers familiar comfort food - pizza, pasta, chicken parm, etc. It's not fancy, it's not elegant, but it's done consistently well. Service is fast and good, and it is a nice easy meal. It is always filled - families, seniors, businessmen, tourists and locals.

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Reviewed 20 July 2016

The decor is traditional and a little tired. The menu is predictable; the food is okay. Prices are reasonable. Locals love it anyway.

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