Tue - Sun: 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sun: 18:00 - 22:30
This small Italian pizzeria makes all its thin-crust pizzas to order and even the pasta is handmade. The rustica pizza with tomato, cheese, Italian sausages and button mushrooms is popular and there are a few pizza biancas (white pizzas, made with olive oil instead of tomato sauce) on the menu.
That's right - compared with the top pizza places here, Marios is on par with the top places - Pizza Bella, Cugini, Riccioti.
Something changed at Mario's since we'd been there last. We used to go quite often, but with being spoiled for choices for good Italian fare in the area, we branched out.
We were at Pizza Bella and Pasta Bella when they opened, and are regulars there as here. We were regulars at Spizzico in UE Square, though better at pasta than pizza until Chef Mino left; we haven't been back because if I'm having Italian, I want an Italian on-site, and, we get a weird vibe from the greeter, who is nice enough but, dunno...
When we went back to Mario's a couple of weeks ago I was amazed at how good the pizza was - it's better than before and on par with any other place I've been in Singapore.
The service, while it was always good, has improved. The prices are more than reasonable. The food is excellent. And better choices for desserts than some other places.
You can't go wrong with Mario's. But don't tell anyone.....
And re some of the sour reviews here with nasty comments like "expat infested" and the like, well, these people don't know Italian like we Italians do. A lot of Mario's customers are Italians, that should tell you something. I wouldn't give much credence to an Italian reviewing Singaporean food, nor vice-versa. But with any place or anything, sometimes it depends on the night, everyone and every place can have an off night, and I've been to Mario's often enough to know it was good before and has gotten better.
Hey - all these places are good, and so is variety, and so is having choices.
Good on ya Mario.
We decided to give Da Mario a try this week and was extremely disappointed. Pizza was tasteless and bad. They were only interested in hard selling their most expensive items to us. When we didn't make their intended choices, they started providing lousy service. No prompt in serving drinks even though the waiter was standing just beside our table (we even had to remind several times before we got our drinks) , no more friendly greetings and after paying the bill, they didn't thank us for dining there. Money can be better spent elsewhere.
I dropped by for dinner with my wife to give it a try after having walked by many times over the past few years. We had a proscuitto and melon starter, a pizza, and a pasta. All were pretty mediocre. The staff were friendly but things took a while, even though it was a Monday night and the restaurant was quite quiet. We also had to remind them a few times to bring things. There are so many better places to go for Italian that I just can't recommend going here. It's not worth it.
So, Da Mario is really one of the more authentic Italian restaurants that I've been to. Not a big fan of Italian food, I would actually consider revisiting this restaurant with my overseas friends but the service if not for the lousy service. As there are a lot of other Italian restaurants in that area, I believe there would be one that is as delicious and has much better service! It's really not that difficult to beat the standard of service in Da Mario anyway. We spent $40 each as the bill came up to $155.
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