Marzoni’s had been open for a few weeks now. Have you been there? Let us know what you thought of it!
I went with my wife and another couple to dine at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewing Company on the strip north of Selinsgrove on February 10th. I will call them “S”, my wife and our friends “B” and “G”.
Three of us got Eggplant Parmesan and one got the stuffed shells with a meatball.
The eggplant was served in a unique way. It consisted of three large thin slices of eggplant, each rolled around a ricotta cheese filling and then deep-fried. Then plated and covered with some melted mozzarella and a little tomato sauce. The eggplant was thin, crispy and added texture but the taste of the eggplant itself was masked by the cheese filling. A big plus was the eggplant was fresh. It was served with a large side of spaghetti with a really good tomato sauce. Eggplant Parmesan classically has thicker slices so the taste and texture of it is much more noticeable with the cheese and sauce. Many other restaurants serve pre-frozen, breaded, deep-fried eggplant that turns to mush when you get it.
“S” ate her dinner, but prefers a more traditional recipe with the thicker slices and no cheese stuffing. “B” liked it but also prefers a more traditional dish. I enjoyed the different way it was made, but if it is called Eggplant Parmesan I would prefer thicker eggplant also. Interesting point: if it had been called Stuffed Eggplant my thoughts may have been different!
The shells stuffed with four cheeses and the one large meat ball looked very good and the portion size was adequate. “G” liked it and had good things to say about it.
The service this evening was good. The staff was friendly and the food came in a timely manner. I would give it an 8 out of 10. Atmosphere is plesent and not to noisy.
We also tried their beer. They will eventually brew on site but for now it is brought in from their brewery elseware.
They do offer takeout six packs of their own beer. They also have some bottled domestic beers.
More about the beer later.
OH MY! It so happened that the following night, “S” and I went out to Marzoni’s again! With another couple I will call “G” and”B”. No relation to the “B” from the night before.
This night all of us had pizza. In fact, all of us had the same choice in pizza, The Marzoni Special with tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage, mozzarella, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. One difference, I ordered wheat crust and the “G” and “B” ordered a white crust.
The pizza was good, not spectacular but good. You could tell by the crusts crispness that it was brick oven baked.
Unfortunately, this evenings service was not a repeat of last night. The pizza took over 35 minutes to arrive. The waitress said it would be out soon a few times. Then she offered a free appetizer or salad while we wait. This is over half an hour after being seated. “S” and I ordered a side salad which came about one minute after she left with the order. About one minute after that, our pizza arrived! I could see the waitress was a little frustrated. I think the kitchen messed up somehow, as our pizza was very hot and the other couples was somewhat cooler. Perhaps it had been waiting for ours to get done, or redone! The other thing was I did not get the wheat crust. Both pizzas were with white crust.
Now that I am writing this and reassessing my composure while waiting, I am really impressed that I did not get more upset and yell or get up and leave or strangle the waitress or at least demand a discount. Well, I guess that is because we were not in a hurry, just out to have a nice time with “B” and “G”. Good friends do make a difference!
Which brings up my last topic, the beer.
Over the past two nights I have tried the “Locke Mountain Lager”, their lightest beer. I guess I do not like light beer as this one tasted watered down to me. My wife agrees with that assessment. However, their “Stone Mason Stout” is quite tasty as is the “Avalanche IPA” I could tell you all kinds of beersie adjectives describing their tastes but I am not a beer connoisseur. I just like what I like.
One can also try a sample of four six ounce glasses of different types.
The meal price for both nights without the beer was $30 and $17.
Will I come again? Probably I will. The long wait happens in many other restaurants from time to time for lots of reasons. Others who were eating did not seem to be waiting as we did and the service in general seemed adequate.
Just one more place to go on the strip. It is little different from other restaurants, but similar food quality.