Marino Ristorante

By Jessica Ingber

Even if you don’t live in the neighborhood, you’ll still want to call this cool, old-school spot home, and it doesn't hurt that you’ll be greeted like you’re family the moment you walk inside. Marino is a true family affair, with a mother/son duo running the front house show. But don’t let all the hugs and warm smiles fool you—when it comes to true, authentic Italian food, they are the real deal.

Once you’ve cozied up in a booth, it's decision time. Will it be homemade pastas like bigoli all’ amatriciana—spaghetti with pulled oxtail and caramelized onions in a tomato sauce with organic vegetables—or branzino al sale, aka baked Mediterranean striped bass? Oh, and if you feel like flying solo, there’s a picturesque bar with your name on it.

the crowd

Couples, families of four, and Hollywood types (the Paramount lot is nearby).

... on the side

star seating
Ask for the table in back, where Sinatra used to sit. Seriously.

name dropper
If you’re new to Marino, look for Mario. He owns the restaurant with other members of his family, and can be found seating guests and sharing the specials of the night.

on the stereo
Frank Sinatra


lunch: Mon–Fri noon–2 PM
dinner: Mon–Sat 5 PM–10 PM
Closed Sunday

price range

$18 (pappardelle alla Bolognese) to $44 (lobster diavolo)