Marcello Pizzeria & Restaurant

Written by on June 21, 2014 in I Eat Canada, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – “The Drive” (Commercial Drive), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Marcello Pizzeria

How I heard of this place: On an impromptu visit with our good friend, and new(ish)-business owner in Little Italy, he invited us to lunch. When asked if we wanted sushi or Italian, my husband chose the latter out of respect for the neighborhood. We were certainly glad he did!

Type of cuisine: Restaurant owner and chef, Marcello Lombardo has a love of Italian food and a pedigree to match. Born in Palermo, Marcello owned a restaurant on the Adriatic Riviera before moving to Vancouver, where he’s been serving authentic classic Italian dishes for over twenty-five years.

Marcello Pizzeria Oven

An enormous Neapolitan style wood-burning oven in the shape of the sun, the Sun God is the Mediterranean symbol of prosperity, is the showpiece to the entire room. It makes some of the best pizza in the city, churning out heavenly Naples-style thin crust creations available in over 20 varieties. The oven maintains a consistent temperature of 500°, baking the crust to a crisp golden brown that glistens with extra virgin olive oil.

Marcello’s is famous for their pizza and pasta. They make all of their pasta in house. The gnocchi is home made every day, which accounts for its pillowy softness and perfect texture, especially when served in a creamy quattro formaggi (four-cheese sauce). Not to be missed is Marcello’s baked lasagna. Hearty, yet surprisingly light, it’s layer upon layer of fresh spinach, béchamel and Marcello’s savory meat sauce. Guests come religiously for this dish.

Marcello Pizzeria Lasagna

More than just pizza and pasta, Marcello’s menu caters to all palates. They’ve got something for everybody. The forno roast chicken is spectacular and they offer many vegetarian options as well. Seafood dishes like calamari and grilled prawns are very popular and the octopus salad is to die for.”

Ambiance: Marcello’s is the best choice for an authentic Italian experience. The large room, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto vibrant Commercial Drive, combines old world Mediterranean warmth and sunny décor with an inviting atmosphere that appeals to people of all ages and origins…

Marcello Pizzeria Dining

The energy of the dining room is just as much a part of the experience as the stellar cuisine. Bustling and raucous when at capacity, this lively eatery thrums like a high-tension wire during peak times. As Marcello’s maintains its energy with a steady stream of walk-in traffic, reservation space is limited. Call a few days ahead to reserve a spot, or simply walk in when you get the craving. Be it a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Marcello’s is always an experience.

Marcello Pizzeria Bar

What I ordered: To start, our lunch-time host delighted in the Stracciatella (CAD$6.95), a light chicken broth soup with egg, served with house-made focaccia,

Marcello Pizzeria Stracciatella

and a basket of the bread for all of us to share.

Marcello Pizzeria Focaccia

For our main entrees, my husband chose the Lasagna (CAD$14.95), prepared from scratch showcasing layers of spinach noodles and meat sauce topped with béchamel (pictured above). I shared a large pizza (CAD$27.95), half Funghi with tomato sauce, mozzarella and mushrooms, and half Contadina with tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, salame, green peppers and mushrooms.

Marcello Pizzeria Large Pizza

What I loved: I very much enjoyed – and seemed to not get enough of – the lasagna, the Funghi side of our pizza a close second as far as taste, texture and preparation.

Marcello Pizzeria Pizza Close-Up

Why I loved it: An airy space laced in earth tones creating a warmth against the bustling street outside, serving hot, thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and tastes of small towns in Italy.

Cost: Average to high (CAD$15 – CAD$20 per person)

Marcello Pizzeria The Drive

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