Mario's Italian Restaurant
Mario's is a local Italian restaurant nestled back in a strip center off of broadway/I-69 just south of Heritage (south of Carmike movie theater). I can never seem to figure out the hours of operation and we have stopped by on multiple occasions when they were closed. My wife and I visited once for a date night. The place looks a lot better on the inside than on the outside, it is your typical Italian restaurant with cozy booths and tables with a nice romantic atmosphere. They also have live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The spread: This place has apparently been in operation since 1977, so it is old school Italian-American. The appetizers range from bruschetta, fried mozzarella, fried zucchini, fried calamari, etc. They also serve pizzas with all the regular toppings. The entrees range from chicken/shrimp primavera, blackened snapper, venetian chicken/veal, chicken/veal marsala/piccata/milanese, etc. We tried the bruschetta, fried ravioli, pizza, chicken piccata, fettuccine alfredo.
The verdict: I really liked the atmosphere of this place. It is old school Italian with Frank Sinatra playing in the background. The waiter was young, but attentive and provided good service. The food was also very good, some of the best pizza in town. My wife and I really liked the fried ravioli. The pasta were good as well. Overall, the place had good food, plenty of it and a nice atmosphere. It isn't cutting edge real Italian cooking, but it is good, reasonable priced stick to your ribs food. What's not to like?
Edible Tyler Roses: 4 out of 5. Only drawback for me are the hours of operation.