Marino's Italian Cafe offers homemade, traditional, rustic Italian food in a casual and elegant atmosphere. We offer classics such as Chicken Marsala, Lasagna and Veal Parmigiana as well as hand-cut steaks and chops, fresh seafood and specialty salads. Mama Marino makes her bread fresh each and every morning. Find out why they're the best rolls in town! We also specialize in on and off-premise catering, offering sit-down formal or buffet dinners. Take-out is available seven days a week.
Lunch Buffet Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30AM - 2:30PM.
Ask about our 2 dinners for $20 special, and add a bottle of wine for only $9.99!
Marino's Italian Cafe has been an Italian staple in Austintown for over 30 years.
Still in the same location, still run by the Marino family and still serving good food. I was welcomed by Anna Marino, matriarch of the Marino family. She's like your next door neighbor that always has something to talk about and always wants to feed you. I liked her the minute we met.
Marino's is a casual restaurant with a touch of simple elegance. A small dining room with booths and tables all adorned with white linens. It's comfortable, very clean and the staff friendly and attentive.
Today, Anna had three dishes prepared for me. Fish Francaise, Chicken Parmigiana and Ravioli. My server smiled and said, "you want rolls too don't you?" Ah. I've read about these rolls and quickly nodded with approval. Anna makes homemade bread and rolls every morning and if they taste as good as they smell, I'll understand their fame.
It wasn't long before three amazing dishes were presented to me. First to try, the Ravioli. A giant, hand-shaped ravioli on a beautiful pink sauce. The pasta is filled with a delicious ricotta and spinach filling. The dough itself, is light and not too thick. And the sauce, a pink vodka sauce, is bursting with flavor. It's a little spicy, cheesy, garlicky, all the good things you want in a sauce and more. It's nice and thick and sticks to every bite of that light pillowy pasta. In between bites, I grabbed one of Anna's famous rolls. Big soft rolls are sliced through the top to create three "slices". In between each is a pad of butter that just oozes out of the warm bread. I had a flashback of my childhood when my mom would buy this loaf of frozen French bread and put a chunk of butter in between each slice and bake it. The oozing butter was there in Anna's rolls but the taste took it to another level. Light and airy and butter. Yum. I dipped in that vodka sauce and I was sold.
As hard as it was to move off the pasta, I directed my fork to the fish. The citrusy smell of fresh lemon and the glisten of butter awakened my senses. The fish is very lightly battered and sautéed in a delicious lemon wine sauce. The sauce has the perfect combination of tart lemon and smooth butter. This fish is light and flaky but the sauce, again, is packed with a punch and please pass the rolls because it too, is worthy of dipping into.
Could it get any better? I move on to the Chicken Parm, a favorite of so many. I've had chicken parmigiana at a lot of restaurants and it all comes down to the breading and the sauce. Marino's does not disappoint. A large boneless chicken breast is breaded and fried to a golden, crispy brown, then topped with Marino's tomato sauce and a lot of cheese. I love that crunchy crust that cuts into a moist bite of chicken. The hearty sauce is thick and rich. It's simple with not a lot of added herbs, just the way I like it.
What I like about the food here, it's packed with flavor. Seasoned well, plated beautifully, large portions and just a good meal. You know when a restaurant has been around for as long as Marino's has been, it must be good. When you have a good thing, why change. At Marino's, Anna knows best and as long as she keeps making those rolls they'll be around, serving the same great food, for many more years.