Homemade noodles should be considered a delicacy, as their fragile frames must be carefully collected from the hairbrushes of angels. Enjoy a feast of follicles with today’s Groupon to Ristorante Marcellino in Waltham. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine.<p>
- For $40, you get $80 worth of Italian cuisine for four to seven people.<p>
- For $60, you get $120 worth of Italian cuisine for eight or more people.<p>
Ristorante Marcellino’s kitchens deliver an expansive menu of authentic Italian dishes inspired by the owners’ native Calabria, Italy. For a leisurely intro to succulent Italian cuisine, meals can commence with antipasta plates, including savory bowls of mussels luxuriating in a white-wine sauce ($13) and melanzane davina ($10), a tasty dish of breaded eggplant that boasts a creamy topper of ricotta, prosciutto, and mozzarella. Made-from-scratch noodles and sauces demonstrate their superiority to their inferior, tree-harvested counterparts in decadent pasta dishes such as lobster ravioli ($22) and cavatelli calabrese with chickpeas floating in a light tomato broth with bay leaves and red pepper ($18). A rustic wood-burning brick oven churns out piping-hot pizzas with gourmet toppings such as potato and rosemary ($10) and prosciutto and fresh arugula ($14), each gooey and delectable enough to wow the color-coded bandana accents off a crime-fighting mutant turtle.
When they opened up Ristorante Marcellino's in 1997, owners Salvatore and Giovannina wanted to make sure their restaurant captured the flavors of the traditional Italian cooking they grew up with in their hometown of Calabria, Italy. Therefore, they emphasize the authenticity of their ingredients, which help craft housemade pastas and sauces, as well as bread that’s baked fresh in a wood-burning brick oven. It’s this attention to authenticity that led the Boston Globe to praise Ristorante Marcellino as a "clubby Calabrian gem of a restaurant."
At the downtown Waltham restaurant, visitors driving in or landing a reasonably sized blimp can take advantage of ample parking. The kitchen stays open late, and three bars serve up espresso martinis before or after meals.