The Prince of Pasta

Mangia at Marcellino Ristorante

As mentioned above, Marcellino's bill of fare offers far more than pasta, even if my jones for it got the best of me this time. In addition to appetizers like thinly sliced carpaccios of raw tuna and beef -- both of which I sampled and swooned over -- there are entrees such as calves' liver flambed with cognac; filet mignon; lamb chops; and salmon. If an ounce of the genius applied to the pastas is also focused on such entrees, I'm certain they're without parallel. For dessert, there are a few options, but insist on the panna cotta, as a richer and creamier version of same would be difficult to imagine.

Round out your evening with a shot or two of Marcellino's house-made limoncello, a sweet vodka-lemon digestif, meaning it not only packs a punch but will aid in the digestion of your meal. It's one of the many personal touches of the place that makes an evening here such a fulfilling experience. I feel immensely spoiled by Marcellino's, and I don't know how anyone else's pasta will ever come close.

The prince with his princess: Marcellino and Sima Verzino run one of the finest Italian restaurants in the Valley.
Jackie Mercandetti
The prince with his princess: Marcellino and Sima Verzino run one of the finest Italian restaurants in the Valley.

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Marcellino Ristorante

7114 E. Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Central Scottsdale

Details

Tuna carpaccio: $11.95
Paccatelli in sausage ragu: $14.95
Gnocchi Sorrentina: $15.95
Panna cotta: $6.95

602-216-0004 (www.marcellin oristora nte.com). Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday.

1301 East Northern Avenue, Phoenix

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