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“Middle of the road food”

Vito Marcello's Italian Bistro
Ranked #16 of 93 Restaurants in North Conway
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$26
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Authentic Italian food served in a beautiful setting with a Tuscan garden patio for ll Fresco dining (Seasonal). Great for romantic dinners or family gatherings. we offer Gluten sensitive options and vegetarian options. Full bar with hand crafted cocktails.
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Middle of the road food”
Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

The restaurant still bares the signs of former Bellini's restaurant, however only on the inside. The parking is ample behind the building. On arrival we were told that we have two couples ahead of us and we have to wait 20-30 min. That was fine except that there were like 3 tables available. Therefore we were sat in 5 min. The prices are on the high side (mid to high $20's) and many items on the menu have no price. The reason: those items are in the mid $30 range. We had chicken with penne, broccoli and chicken Parmesan. All meals come with salad and bread which were very tasty. The chicken and penne was good and the chicken parm was mediocre. Comfort food, nothing special. The beer is only in bottle and the wine selection is decent. The glass price of wine is high at $9 a pop. The desserts are beautifully presented on a platter with great choices. We had the tiramisu and it was a generous portion and very good. The service was moderately fast. The booth seats were not very comfortable. The table surface is very interesting, a sheet if copper. Conclusion: good comfort food at higher than average prices. In this price range there are better choices in the area.

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st martin
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What happened to this restaurant ???”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

I used to really enjoy Bellinis. Then they moved and the atmosphere was lost along with a great deal of their diners. They moved back to their original location and opened under Vito Marcello's, the son of original owners.
I felt the prices were ok. We had six meals. Four were good, 1 was mediocre, and 1 barely edible. The marsala meal was barely mentionable, actually a boring marsala. The parmesan was so overcooked on one side that the knife they provided could not cut it. Seriously.
The service was awful. I had stopped in, and made the reservation the day before. It was for 7:15 pm. I was told that if we arrived after 7:30, they may not save our reservation. With that in mind, we arrived at 7:05. The young woman who made our reservation was there to seat us. She exclaimed that our table had not yet been set up. That should have been done at 4:00 pm when the waitstaff arrived. No excuse for this. several other parties had to be seated before us. It was 7:25 before we were seated. There was a party of 10 seated a few minutes before us, right beside us. As we walked to the table the hostess declared that she had to still get us another chair. The table was set for 5, we were a party of six. One person had to stand there for for 2-3 minutes until the chair arrived. They neglected to bring another silverware set, mentionable that they were wrapped in a paper napkin, no cloth napkins. The waiter showed up in a timely manner, and took drink, and wine orders. He was good about wine suggestions. We ordered toasted raviolis to share as an appetizer. Wine was good as were the raviolis. The waiter neglected to pick up the bread plates used for the raviolis. The salad which was served family style with dressing in a gravy boat, came about 15 minutes later. when the salad was done, the waiter did pick the plates up and came back for the stack of bread plates. He never replaced the bread plates, and we had to ask for bread. It was 9:15 pm before our entrees arrived. One person had to ask 3x for a silverware setting. It was entrée time before it arrived. The gentleman then told the waiter how awful the service was. Then the hostess showed up to try to help, but it was really too late. It was 10:10 pm before we left there. It is apparent from other reviews, that they are having problems at this restaurant. Our entrees took forever, yet we saw Vito, out of the kitchen on 3 occasions, one to sing happy birthday to a little girl. Note, that the party seated a few minutes before us was done one hour before us. It was obvious that they need to hire a manager who knows how to make this place hum. Our waiter was totally overwhelmed. Not going to return.

  • Visited March 2014
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RI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice Atmosphere and Great Food”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Had the baked fish with penne pasta and salad. The food was very good and the service was excellent. This is a family-owned, family friendly restaurant set in the heart of North Conway. Seavey Street is easily accessible from Route 16 in downtown North Conway or from the North-South Road. The menu is varied and the wine list extensive. Enjoy!

  • Visited January 2014
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Definitely would not recommend”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Food was ok, but TOO expensive for such slow and poor service. Would not go back , not even for free :-(

  • Visited December 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“thumbs up from us”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

found this place at the end of our holiday...loved the carbonara,the wife had lamb,both done to perfection, the service was also very good and the staff were friendly and informative about the meals on offer..,if ever we go back,this is going to be the first place we'll be going to for a meal,

  • Visited February 2014
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