Dinning at D’ Marco
Looking for an affordable but classy Italian restaurant? Let me introduce you to D’Marco.
This distinctive small restaurant is located in Piedades de Santa Ana about 4 kms West of Santa Ana, a western suburb of San Jose. After spending a few years in Nosara, on the Pacific Coast, D’Marco decided to try his luck in the Central Valley.
The dining room is stylish yet intimate, with a cushy atmosphere of home comfort. There is a small bar in the vestibule, where you can relax with an aperitif before your meal. Notice the autographed picture of Enzo Ferrari upon the wall…..Was the great man sitting there too, enjoying a Campari?
You may not meet D’Marco immediately, but the friendly and warm stuff will welcome you like royalty.
There is one significant difference at D’ Marco: His wife is not only Japanese, but a very good chef herself, so, if you do not want to eat Italian, no problem, you may eat Sushi, or Teriyaki! There aren’t many Italian restaurants where such a variety is on the menu! And while you are there, why not have your own creation; Italian and Japanese fusion cuisine! One glance at the menu will open up your appetite in no time, if you have not already been hit by the lovely fragrances and gorgeous exotic smells…
A tasty hors d’oeuvre like Salmon Carpaccio or Bruschetta maybe, or a small artichoke salad.
For the main course, you may choose between pasta, meats or fish; personally, I love the cheese and spinach raviolis in cream sauce. D’ Marco does offer tasty Pizzas as well, as any respected Italian restaurant would.
If you like to have a flamboyant show, have the Salmon Flambé. The man himself will make an entrance armed with a special trolley on which he will prepare your fish right in front of your very eyes; you will see him disappear behind a wall flames, he does have a penchant for drama! He will give you a presentation you are not going to forget so fast. The resulting dish is pure delight.
The meats are prime cuts, as would be expected, always juicy and tasty and tender. Whether grilled, cooked in wine or accompanied of creamy sauces, they excellent, and if you are not alone, I would recommend trying various dishes.
For desert there is a chocolate pie to die for, and I am not even mentioning the Mousse au Chocolat….A real sin!
D’Marco is always busy during the weekend, so maybe it is better to give him a call.
Do review his web site, give him a call, and just enjoy one of the most memorable meals of your life!
|Written by Mireille|
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Filed under: Hotel & Restaurant Reviews on May 26th, 2010