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Mario's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #343 of 1,182 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Price range: US$1 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: In existence for over 30 years, Mario's is one of the oldest restaurants in Cape Town and was opened by Mario and Pina Marzagalli in 1971. For the past 12 years Pina has been at the helm, and runs the restaurant with the assistance of her two children Marilena and Marco. Pina, with her vivacious personality and great charm has built up a loyal following of customers and the walls of the restaurant bear witness to this, as every available space is covered with names and comments from satisfied customers over the past 30 years.
Reviewed 28 April 2013

We happened upon Mario's whilst on vacation in Cape Town. What a disappointment! Food mediocre at best. Service pleasant, but certainly not attentive. Biggest danger... paying for the bill. Apparently, the credit card machine's connectivity is unreliable, and necessitates the waiter moving to the front of the restaurant to pick up a signal (anywhere but close to your table). We received two "Declines" and were asked if we could pay using another card. A little suspicious I called my bank in the UK on returing to our hotel to report the "decline" as it seemed odd. Now back home and see that Marios took two payments for R677, one from each card (nice trick eh?). The onus is now on me to prove fraud.
Be careful.

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Reviewed 10 April 2013

This restaurant is just block or two up from our hotel (Cape Royal) and so was very convenient. It is a family run restaurant with great food and very reasonable prices. The staff is also very nice.

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Thank ntflady
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

During my time in Cape Town we were a bunch of people looking for good Italian food and we found it in Mario's Italian restaurant. Thats why we visit it nearly twice a week! There is something for everyone on the card and neither I or my friends were ever disappointed. When my girlfriend arrived in Cape Town I had to show here this place-knowing that she is very picky with food- she also found something she liked. She still keeps talking about the great Tiramisu.
We would highly recommend Mario's Italian and will go on a diet back in Switzerland... for now we keep enjoying the good food...

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Thank Jonathan B
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

This restaurant is an institution in Cape Town, and the reason being the personal touch of the family running this restaurant for years and the delicious Italian food they prepare. I have eaten at Italian restaurants in the USA - New York, San Francisco, etc, and this restaurant - the ambience and the quality of the food - can compete with the best of them.

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1  Thank MexGal
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

This has to be the worst Italian food we have ever eaten !!!
Once shown to our table, we waited for about 15 minutes before we had to ask for menus.
The waitress seemed disinterested in serving us and never introduced any specials to us.
The penne pesto was stuck together like glue and the bolognaise had no taste or flavor whatsoever. The oso bucco which was described as " succulent" on the menu was far from it.
The owner sat at the counter at the entrance and never once came to check on diners. She clearly has no interest in her restaurant at all. I ate there about two years ago and the quality and service has deteriorated terribly since then.
That is our last visit !!!

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Thank Richard L
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