Italy is renowned as the home to Michelangelo's most famous frescoes, the world's first pizza, and the only footwear large enough to fit an entire continent. Taste the bounty of Europe's boot with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Ristorante Marco in Bear.
Ristorante Marco's friendly wait staff transports an extensive menu of upscale Italian entrees, earning Best Upstate Italian Restaurant accolades from Delaware Today critics in 2010. Inquisitive incisors can penetrate crab-laden cream sauce to question reclusive shredded-lobster ravioli ($18) about its former life as a macaroni stunt double. Alternatively, homemade gnocchi alla sorrentina ($15) drifts dreamily in a marinara lake as a 10-ounce filet mignon portofino ($28) surfs waves of garlic, crabmeat, and shiitake mushrooms to diners' stomachs. Wash down your meal with one of Ristorante Marco's more than 100 wines, or gaze deeply into large paintings of Italian vistas in an attempt to finally find Waldo among the ruins of the Roman Forum.
Marco Rizzo regularly strolls local markets, handpicking ingredients for Ristorante Marco's kitchen. He learned to cherish fresh food as a child, when growing up in a small Italian fishing village meant his family had to grow and harvest much of what they ate on a small farm plot. He also learned from his mother, a chef herself, how good food can bring people together—Marco's house regularly erupted into activity at dinnertime, with conversations and Xbox tournaments carrying well into the night.
Now, at Ristorante Marco, the Italian native draws upon these memories as he crafts the dishes he grew up with, from housemade pastas to seafood. Valuing entertaining as much as he does cooking, Marco relishes chatting with guests and recommending a drink from the restaurant's list of more than 100 wines, including a selection from his hometown, Santa Maria di Castellabate. Such touches earned Ristorante Marco the 2010 Critics' Choice award for Best Upstate Italian Restaurant in Delaware Today.
1847 Pulaski Hwy.
Bear, Delaware 19701