Hidden on the corner of 47th ave and 43rd st is one of the few non-pizza Italian restaurants in the area: Mario’s. It’s been around since the mid-80s, and I would consider it a “semi-fancy” place.
Mario’s is probably unnoticed by visitors to Sunnyside as it’s not on any of the major thoroughfares. It must do well though, since it’s still around after 25 years. The seating area is not large, but it’s not tiny either, and features mainly 2-person and 4-person tables.
The bread was complimentary, but the sour-apple martini certainly was not ($10). Not sure why this Italian restaurant had an extensive martini menu. It wasn’t bad, but could have done without the neon food coloring.
The bruschetta appetizer ($7) was pretty good, but not anything spectacular.
Entrees all come with a choice of spaghetti, roasted potatoes, or string beans (seen here in the background). The salmon ($20) was one of the day’s chef’s specials, and came loaded with capers, olives, onions, and a sauce. It was quite good, but again, not spectacular.
You can barely see the chicken ($17) from under the asparagus here. This was again one of the chef’s special, so you may not see this exact dish on your menu, but there will undoubtedly be something similar. Sorry to keep repeating myself, but the dish was once again good, but not spectacular. This restaurant is a step below really good restaurants – it’s definitely good food, but it makes you wish it was just that extra bit better.