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Restaurant review: Marzano, Larnaca

When thinking about where to go to eat we sometimes think about going somewhere by the sea, or with a nice view, or in a quaint village. Sometimes though, it’s nice to have something a little different with more of a city feeling. Somewhere that still lets you enjoy the good food while appreciating the contrast of the relaxed environment and the hustle and bustle outside can be found at Marzano, offering the flavours of Italy.

An array of tasty salads, pizza, pasta and grilled food is on offer. In an aim to please all, despite having many pizzas to choose from, including the option to choose a pizza that may have previously been on offer but has been taken off the menu.

When going in the evening, Marzano has a soft blue lighting that really adds to the ambience giving a classy and different feeling. The tables gleam and are spotless, well laid and all very uniform. The ceilings are high so even if it is relatively full, you won’t feel drowned out by the sound of conversation from all the other tables. Another touch that really impressed me was that the paintings on the walls are by a local artist and are of Larnaca past and present.

When looking through the menu so many dishes caught my eye. I hadn’t intended on getting salad but so many were tempting. The pizzas all sounded so good, one with duck topping nearly drew me in. I love grilled food, and the choice of steaks, fish, pork medallions was almost mind boggling! I finally opted for something that I thought combined them all. Tagliatelle Pollo had the meat I desired, vegetables and a cream cheese sauce. My partner, loving a bit of spice, opted for the American hot pizza. The menu also has many dishes that include ‘superfoods’, combining ingredients such as quinoa, avocado and beetroot. With the salads looking so tempting, we ordered one to have as a starter between us, the Rucola with avocado and beetroot.

At Marzano, you can see the chefs preparing the food, dashing about, working as an organised team. Most importantly, you can see how clean everything is.

The salad we had was fantastic. Fresh vegetables and dressed to perfection. The combination of flavours worked so well together. Finally, our main dishes arrived. Still piping hot, we couldn’t wait to tuck in! One thing I will say is that the servings are very generous. Don’t be deceived by the very large bowl making the food look like it is a smaller quantity, once you dig in you realise just how much has been put in front of you. The pasta was cooked perfectly. The cream was not too rich and the chicken very tender. The pizza was a good size too. The base was thin and crispy, just like an authentic Italian pizza you’d have in the back streets of Rome and my dining partner assured me it had a good warmth to it.

Marzano have a lunch time offer: for just €10.85 you can enjoy a main dish from the lunchtime selection, a dessert and a soft drink. Additionally, if you feel like having a good lunch while someone else takes care of the kids, on the weekends Marzano has a clown, face painting and someone making balloon animals as entertainment.

I would most definitely go back to Marzano. I actually have in mind what I might choose from the menu next time! In my opinion, the grilled food was a little on the pricey side but the rest was very reasonably priced. Good food, good atmosphere and good service mean that I would definitely recommend a visit to Marzano.

SPECIALTY simple Italian
WHERE Marzano, Makarios Avenue III & Kalogreon, Larnaca
CONTACT 24 657000
WHEN 12pm-11pm
PRICE Salads from €9.40, pizzas around €10

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