Marios Italian Cuisine touts to package one of the most magnificent table-side views of Bukit Jambul together with their Italian-offering. The newly opened Italian restaurant sits on top the Bukit Jambul hill and offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the bustling Bayan Lepas/ Bayan Baru town. This hidden gem is tucked away from the main road of Jalan Bukit Jambul (not the slope heading to Equatorial Hotel Penang) and housed in one of the mammoth-sized bungalows (a stone's throw distance away from the Bukit Jambul recreation hill). Step in the bungalow and you will be welcomed by the intimate setting with huge see-through glasses offering spectacular greenery and hill-view; the homey ambiance suggests it could be an ideal place for evening chill. On the menu, Marios boasts over a huge selection of Italian eats- from Appetizers, Salad to Pasta, Pizza, Grills to Desserts.... at unexpected wallet-friendly price tags. Making advance reservation is recommended to secure the extra romantic-value spot.
Cheese & Spinach Patties (Rm 14)
Spaghetti Al Pesto (Rm 21)
Quattro Staggioni (Rm 28)
Cheese & Spinach Patties sure sounds like the perfect starter to fulfill our novelty-curiosity; three eccentric sphere-sized objects served on a lake of Tomato-sauce with a small dollop of Feta Cheese. Little effort was required to slit through them, the crispy skin demonstrated characteristics of Tempura-skin... slightly uneven with an addictive crackling-crispy texture. The concoction of Tomato Sauce, Feta Cheese and the Patties worked perfectly well together.
The mains could be more exciting though, they could have done more with the presentation of Spaghetti Al Pesto. We were rather disappointed with the absence of Cheese, not even a few slivers of them were seen. The Spaghetti was slightly overcooked but the flavors were alright. We were expecting a bold Basil flavor but to our dismay, it did not carry a hint of Basil. The whole dish was flat and lacked of dimension.... seasoning was spot on nevertheless. Marios churns out Woodfire Pizza, we had their Quattro Staggioni, a 4-flavored Pizza but it was disappointingly average. It lacked of the woody-burnt aroma and the Pizza base was below par either. It can be a tummy filler but if you seek worthy-calories, omit this dish.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Address: 88, Lintang Bukit Jambul, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm, 6 pm to 11 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6019- 472 5837