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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

There is a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, about an hour away from my house called, Marco's Restorante Italiano.  It's been around for about 40 years, but is now in a brand new building, thanks to a fire that destroyed the old building in 2004. 

The place has beautiful dining and banquet rooms, a full bar, and an extensive wine list.  The specialty, as you would expect, is Italian fare, and the chefs do it really well.  There are other choices on the menu for those who would prefer American or vegetarian, but when we go to an Italian restaurant, we want Italian food! 

We started with salads with the house creamy Italian dressing that were consumed before I could get my camera out of it's case.  From there on, however, I did manage to document the dishes.

Hubby chose the Chicken Cacciatore, which was in a delicious marinara sauce, served over linguine.  Lots of chicken, mushrooms, and peppers....hmmm   mmmm!
 I opted for the Sausage and Chicken Siciliano.  Slices of sweet Italian sausage and chunks of tender, moist chicken, mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers in a perfect marinara sauce on linguine, with melted Italian cheeses on top.
 
 Our friends both went with Lasagna--layers of meat, cheese, and pasta, smothered in a homemade tomato sauce and also topped with melted Italian cheeses.  I'd be hard pressed to choose between the Lasagna and the dish I had on my next visit!
 A basket of crusty, fresh Italian bread was refilled happily at our request, and olive oil and parmesean cheese were available for dipping.
 We  stopped halfway through our entrees and asked for take-home boxes so we could try their tempting desserts.  Our friend chose the Tiramisu.
 Hubby wanted to try the Mud Pie.....not too shabby!
Our friend's wife and I chose the Pecan Praline Truffle;  it's served with whipped cream on top and is basically a chocolate coated scoop of Pecan Praline ice cream, with chocolate sauce drizzled all over the plate.  I don't care for whipped cream on ice cream, so I passed, but my friend went all out and had a good-sized dollop of whipped cream on her Truffle.  The chocolate shell was frozen hard and difficult to break into, but definitely worth the effort!

I suspect we'll be back to Marco's for more Italian goodness soon!  If  you are curious and want to know more about Marco's, or peruse their menu, they have a website:  http://www.marcositalian.com/index.htm



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22 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

I always enjoy your restaurant tours Eva-- You pick the greatest places and I like that you don't mind traveling to try a new place.

I'd be tempted to drive a LONG way for that lasagna and the desserts :-)

Happy SIMC, jj

Brian Miller said...

wow. those desserts look incredible...i have to ask though...what is in the first picture...being nice i will say it looks like beef stew...

hope you have a wonderful day in your city...

Amy said...

Every week! I get so hungry! Oh, Miss Eva. What am I going to do?

Have a great Sunday!

Jen said...

Everything look yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Kirby3131 said...

Oh My Goodness! Good thing it's lunch time, I need to go whip up a sandwich and dream that it's your meal :)

Kristin - The Goat
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Steven Anthony said...

everything looks so awesome....Im so hungry now ;)

natalee said...

YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!! Italian is my favorite.(shocked are ya??) MMMM that mud pie looks sooooooooo delicious......!!!!!!!!!! I love when you take me out to eat with you.. I get all the experience and no calories....lol!!!!!

Kristina P. said...

You sure do know how to pick an Italian restaurant!

Claudia said...

hmmm - this looks fantastic - i love italian food...getting hungry now...

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I really love those old style Italian restaurants. It's like Mom's home cookin. That chicken cacciatore has me craving some now and the mud pie - YUM!

Ann On and On... said...

Those desserts look amazing! If I'm ever in that neck of the woods I know where to go.

Happy Sunday!

RNSANE said...

I think I gained five pounds just reading your post and looking enviously at all the photos! Wonderful.

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Kristy said...

Ooh, I am so jealous, I want some of that right now!

Being Me said...

Damn. I am about 24 hours too far from this place!

qandlequeen said...

HOLY COW! The entrees look yummy but those desserts are incredible. Very jealous

Unknown Mami said...

That lasagna looks unbelievably good.

lakeviewer said...

You're eating just like an Italian! I approve.

Paige said...

oh god im drooling it all looks so good.

gaelikaa said...

This has me starving - next to Indian, I adore Italian food!

Eva Gallant said...

Paige: Believe me...it was wonderful!

Pat said...

I love their dishes - literally! They are so pretty. The food looks delish, and the desserts? To die for!

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness. I might have to plan my next vacation around visiting this restaurant!