(This story is sponsored by Marcello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria.)
Vancouver’s residents know that the best places to stuff your face with pasta are found along Commercial Drive—otherwise known as Little Italy.
This neighbourhood is filled with restaurants that believe a well-balanced meal consists of carbs, cheese, and more cheese (we support this). But if you’re craving handmade gnocchi, spaghetti Bolognese, or linguine vongole, you need to visit Marcello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria.
This Italian restaurant simply does not mess around when it comes to fresh, housemade pasta and sauces.
It’s hard to walk by the popular eatery without noticing the sheer number of customers dining and the long lineups outside. The restaurant’s wood-fired oven functions as both a cooker and a piece of art for diners to admire.
This year, Straight readers voted Marcello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria third in the category of “Best Pasta” in the Golden Plates 2020 awards. We can guess this probably has something to do with its mouthwatering four-cheese gnocchi.
Growing up in Palermo, Italy, chef Marcello discovered his passion for cooking at the age of eight. After professional training in Milan and owning a restaurant along the Adriatic Sea, Marcello felt that it was time to share his Italian food with Vancouver. The doors of his establishment at 1404 Commercial Drive first opened in 1999.
Marcello takes immense pride in the consistency of his recipes but also enjoys surprising the restaurant’s faithful customers. “I occasionally cook some Italian specialty dishes that we don’t have on the menu,” he says, “like cinghiale with polenta, Nero di seppia ai frutti di mare, chicken or veal Milanese.”
Creating extraordinary dishes allows Marcello to showcase his affinity for cooking while impressing restaurantgoers. If you prefer sticking to classic Italian dishes, the spaghetti puttanesca and pizza margherita will leave you wishing for leftovers the following evening at home.
Should you ever find yourself longing for a large bowl of creamy linguine carbonara, the friendly staff at Marcello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria will have you covered.
To explore the menu or to make a reservation, visit www.marcellopizzeria.com/.More