Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare and drinks at the East Side Mario's Niagara Falls location in the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
East Side Mario's whips up a tasty menu of Italian favourites to sate the sauce-slurping yearnings of patrons. Pizza and pasta packages ($19.99 each) include either a small cheese or pepperoni pizza or a choice of pasta and provide access to an eternal spring of all-you-can-eat soup or salad and garlic homeloaf, as well as a beverage and a mini black-and-white-chocolate mousse cake. A-la-carte aficionados can sample a selection of traditional Italian dishes such as Mario's chicken parmigiana ($21.99) or seafood linguine ($20.99), containing shrimp, mussels, and sea scallops that simmer in a bubbly bath of tomato-herb sauce and fresh basil. Modern Italian twists exist outside Venetian arm-wrestling tournaments in the form of dishes such as the Vernazza peppercorn alfredo ($19.99). Savour its seasoned chicken breast, grilled Portobello mushrooms, red peppers, basil, garlic, and fettuccine surfing a wave-pool of peppercorn alfredo sauce and served alongside a crostini topped with goat cheese, mushrooms and roasted red peppers. Say arrivederci to the Adriatic with the "From the Neighbourhood" menu, which features local greats such as barbecue back ribs ($21.99 half rack, $28.99 full rack) and grilled atlantic salmon ($22.99). Midday munchies are slaked with lunch specials ($10.99–$13.99), allowing patrons to leave with full stomachs and toned biceps from hours of sandwich lifting and attempting to ask for more pepper by pantomiming.
Five Restaurantica reviewers give East Side Mario's an average of three stars:
East Side Mario's
A mere sandwich throw from Niagara Falls, East Side Mario's is found within the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Fallsview Hotel, directly across the street from Fallsview Casino. Below elegant chandeliers, Mario's red and white checked tablecloths support grilled salmon, juicy steak, and Italian-imported pastas slathered in spicy arrabbiata or pesto alfredo. The doors of the kitchen part as servers emerge bearing Sicilian-style pizzas fresh from the sweltering interior of a stone oven.
Through the steam rising from Mario's all-you-can-eat garlic homeloaf, diners can peer at the framed mirrors hanging on gold walls. After enjoying wine or cocktails at Mario's polished wooden bar, guests can question servers about Four Points hotel accommodations or the strength needed to hurl a pizza across Niagara Falls and into the mouth of a waiting American.