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“Like Mario's”
Review of Scarpa's Italian

Scarpa's Italian
Ranked #10 of 450 Restaurants in Lakeland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Lakeland, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Like Mario's”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

This is the new version of the Lakeland favorite, Mario's. Some new items and old favorites. Good Italian food in a pleasat space. A new favorite.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Lakeland, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Scarpa's...a triumphant return of a fine Italian restaurant”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

If you were a fan of Mario's Italian Restaurant....and who wasn't ....Mario's son Glenn and his wife Ashley have reopened the restaurant under the family moniker. The tastes are right where they left off maybe even better than when Mario retired. Many of the same dishes remained .....staples such as the Stuffed Portobella mushroom, Eggplant Rollotini, Fried Eggplant, Bruschcetta, Sausage and Peppers and some specials . The Pasta plates and the Entree's are just delicious. The Veal dishes are so good you want to wipe the plate clean. The Specials have all been superb....Parmesan crusted Grouper, Grouper Scampi and that Veal Chop.

So do yourself a favor and go visit Scarpa's.....order a bottle of the incredibly priced wines and enjoy a great meal....you won't regret it

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Edward M
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Lakeland, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
439 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

I went here with my family back in feb, and it was very good, I had the fried egg plant and loved it. I would love to go back. It is a small place, but worth the trip. The do take reservations.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Ellie W
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Lakeland, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“It's Not Mario's... It's Better!”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The old Mario's is back in business, with his Son Glenn picking up right where Mario left off. This restaurant has gone through a few iterations of other names since being sold by Mario's some years ago, but we were so happy to see that Glenn has brought the restaurant back, and it's never been better. Our group enjoyed the improved seating area, a more intimate atmosphere and more comfortable seating. Joy, our favorite server (probably in the world... she's awesome), is also back, and it was so nice seeing old friends.

As for the food, where Mario used to have the 14oz. Bone in Veal Chop as an occasional special, Glenn has added it to the menu permanently... and I love that. I had it last night, perfectly cooked medium rare with a mushroom sage reduction and wild rice and sugar snap peas. They did a great job. My wife had the Spaghetti & Meatballs, my brother in-law had the ravioli, and both dishes were awesome. We shared the Eggplant Rollatini and Mussels appetizers, and both were wonderful. All in all, the food was amazing.

Just a few small issues to point out. On the weekends they get really busy, and they have always had a very small kitchen... thus, things can take some additional time to come out. So don't be in a rush. Service was also a little slow, I think they probably need a few more serves on busy Friday and Saturday nights. Lastly, it gets a bit warm with lots of people inside. This is the only reason for my 4 star rating instead of 5... the food is a 6.

All in all however, the little issues can be easily overlooked as this place is, in my view, the very best Italian restaurant in Lakeland and surrounding areas. There is no doubt that the food can compete on a national scale, and do very well. Highly recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Jim C
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Lakeland, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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“Welcome back!”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We have been customers of Mario's for many years, when it transitioned to Porta Rossa we were disappointed on their departure from their roots and the great authentic Italian fare. We just now had a chance to visit since the reopening as Scarpa's and boy-oh-boy, what a welcome change and return to the cuisine that we so much loved. We had a fantastic meal, it was five in our party and everyone loved it, four of the five are foodies and travel extensively having recently returned from a trip to Italy enjoying great restaurants and meals there. From the appetizers, rolled eggplant, sausage and peppers (the best I've ever had anywhere!) and gnocchi, to the entrees and desserts, the several bottles of wine and the impeccable service, we couldn't be more pleased by the experience and having decided to go back to the old Mario's. WELCOME BACK!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Jaime M
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