Marcellino's Now Serves Lunch and Pizza

It sounds like things are going really well for Sima and Marcellino Verzino at their stylish new SouthBridge location of Marcellino Ristorante Italiano. The couple recently returned from a trip to Italy and are "thriving" after five months in business, they tell me.

This week, they're amping things up with their long-awaited lunch service. Chef Marcellino's wood-fired pizzas are on the menu, too, including smoked mozzarella with prosciutto, mushroom pizza, and a white pizza with caramelized onions and rosemary, among others.

The lunch menu features handmade pastas that've made the restaurant a local favorite, such as gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce, a variety of salads, and entrees like marinated pork medallions in cognac and white peppercorn sauce. They're also offering a two-course lunch special for $22.95 that includes your choice of antipasto and secondi, plus a glass of wine.

Lunch is available daily from 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m., and pizzas and salads are served until 5 p.m.