For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy’s most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Cast your vote for the Boot’s best culinary creation with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale Italian cuisine at Marcello's Pasta Grill in Tempe.
The menu at Marcello's Pasta Grill floods taste canals with original Italian cuisine culled from the Romano family's best-kept culinary secrets. Shepherd an aimless flock of mushrooms, pineapples, or other garden dwellers ($1 each) into a pizza-paddock where prosciutto, pepperoni, or meatballs ($2 each) graze on a brick-oven-fired meadow of cheeses ($6.95 for cheese pizza). Marinara slides down the baked ziti's pasta chutes into a sizzling pit of mozzarella ($11.95), and veal parmigiana plunges toward a perilous kiddie pool of tomato sauce ($16.95). Grapey nectars from the eatery's extensive wine list douse cartoon mouth flames fueled by the chicken, sausage, and pepperocini's fiery flavors ($14.95).
Once game season begins, diners can score taste touchdowns during Marcello's Pasta Grill's Monday-night-football festivities. Televisions broadcast each pigskin-pelting quarter, and touchdown dances can be choreographed atop the exposed-brick bar.
Marcello’s Pasta Grill
Founded by the Romano family in 1995, Marcello’s Pasta Grill serves up original recipes passed down through a restaurateur-riddled lineage responsible for eateries in Italy, Argentina, and New York. Build-your-own pizzas spring from the kitchen's brick oven, bubbling over with cheese and toppings ranging from prosciutto and meatballs to broccoli and sundried tomatoes. Fresh seasonal dishes—such as wintertime ravioli stuffed with freshly chopped resolutions—fill up Marcello's ever-changing specials blackboard. Down in the spacious wine cellar, more than 30 vintages anticipate a future uncorking. Bartenders also mix various martinis and anchor mugs to the bar with pours of draft and bottled beer.
1701 E Warner Rd.
Tempe, Arizona 85284Get Directions