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Mario’s Osteria (Boca Raton)

Posted on November 19th, 2012 · American Boca Raton Italian Pizza Subs/Salads

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Mario’s Osteria, 1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33431, (561) 239-7000.

I gotta ask you guys to pleasssse indulge me…do me a favor and read Jeff Eats’ Mario Of Boca (7/21/08) and Bova Cucina (6/6/09) reviews—it’ll save me a whole lot of explaining.

Anyway…this guy Mario is now back with a new Italian joint…Mario’s Osteria in Boca Raton. For you folks who want to know about Mr. Bova’s restaurant career- check the Sun Sentinel and you’ll find loads of details…you’ll also find the hows?/whys?/whens? concerning his unfortunate business relationship with Scott Rothstein Esq—Florida’s own “Bernie Madoff.”

Now let’s talk about the “dinner” that I just did…

First, the good news… Mario’s is “one” gorgeous looking semi-upscale Italian joint.

For color—Just a hunch here, but my gut tells me that “Mario” has some partners “here”—don’t know any details, but I suspect someone ELSE is bankrolling this joint…but I’m just guessing here (wink wink wink!). For the record, I’m assuming that you folks know the story how “Mario” lost a ton of money–getting crooked by Rothstein. If you don’t, some of you might find it an interesting read.

Second, the not so good news…the large pizza, meatball sub, chicken parm sub, garlic knots, French fries—were all LOUSY. An absolute waste of money. The pizza had no taste and the crust was a soggy mess…the meatballs tasted like something out of an Army rations’ can…Sorry I stand corrected, the rations’ stuff tastes better.

Let me wrap this one up real fast…don’t waste your time.

Wait! I was just thinking, let me give you guys an early Thanksgiving gift…here’s the 2-”Mario” reviews I mentioned at the top of this rant…

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Mario’s of Boca (Boca Raton)

Posted on July 21st, 2008 · Boca Raton Italian

Mario’s of Boca, 1901 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 392-5595.

Before we start, take a look at Mario’s wesbite at www.mariosofboca.com. Gorgeous place, great menu, reasonable prices…it is all “spelled out” for you on the website…WRONG!!!

Mario’s has been a Boca Raton “fixture” for something like 23 years…this Southern Italian joint literally owned (notice I said “owned” not “owns’) the Boca Raton market with lines continuously out the door. Well something happened (and I don’t know exactly what it was) to Mario’s changing it from a great joint into a mediocre second rate joint…kiss the lines goodbye.

I’ll make this as simple as can be…over the past 3 months I have had dinner at Mario’s twice…each time the food was horrendous and the service even worse, if that’s possible. Both times, the joint was literally being run by high-school kids ( no insult intended to the youth of America, but you know what I mean). Just so you know, I “sampled” veal parmigiana, veal chop milanese, chicken parmigiana, chicken scarpiello and shrimp scampi…they were all lousy…by the way, the veal parmigiana was in the same league as eating the sole of your Reebok sneaker…Just so we are straight, the people that I ate with all agreed, that the food was terrible and that the service amateurish. There was one redeeming thing…Mario’s garlic rolls are still terrific.

One final thought…when I was a kid, the big player in the premium ice cream business was Good Humor…the big player in coffee shops was Chock full o’ Nuts…the big player on the highways for hotels/food was Howard Johnson’s…everyone of them failed to stay at the top and are just bit players today. Mario’s was the kingpin.
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Bova Cucina (Boca Raton)

Posted on June 6th, 2009 · Boca Raton Italian

Bova Cucina, 1901 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 392-5595.

You know…if you dress a money in a $2,500 suit (in this case the suit is a great looking restaurant), it’s still a monkey.

Do me a favor and read my review for Mario’s of Boca (July 21, 2008)…it wasn’t very favorable.

Well the owners of Mario’s, recently changed the joint’s name to Bova Cucina and started a “dinner-promotion”…last month it was $8.95, this month it’s $9.95…the “deal”…soup or salad, garlic rolls, entree, pasta side and they throw in a cannoli for dessert.

Well, it’s still the same monkey dressed in the “$2,500 suit”…and the food is still mediocre.

The other night the joint was jammed with “bargain hunters”…trust me on this, the portions are small and like I said before, the food isn’t very good… your favorite neighborhood “mom & pop” serves better stuff.

Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me.

21 Comments to “Mario’s Osteria (Boca Raton)”

  1. YH says...

    Jeff
    This is a place for tourists. The food is mediocre and overpriced. For example $2.85 for a 10 oz Pepsi in a bottle.
    The GM is a condescending sob.
    I agree with you Mario is only fronting this joint. He must have found a new pigeon for cash.
    Mario use to be a good operator but his last few ventures have sucked.

  2. AR says...

    Jeff Eats:
    You got this one pegged right.
    My wife and I shared a pizza and a hero sandwich with 2 sodas ( no free refills) and with the tip it was $41. The pizza was terrible and the chicken parm sub wasn’t much better.

  3. Kenny V says...

    I had pizza there.
    Horrendous!

  4. Larry K says...

    Jeff,
    I have lived in Boca Raton for over 30 years. I am very familar with Mario’s.
    His first restaurant was dynamite.
    When he moved it the first time it went downhill. When he moved it a second time it went even further downhill.
    I tried the new restaurant.
    Like you wrote it’s great looking.
    The food isnt good.
    The garlic rolls that use to be great are rolls just topped with a drop of oil. Not good.
    Soda goes for $2.85 for 10 ounces. No refills.
    The pizza is bad news.
    The food is cafeteria style crap.
    I have no idea whatsoever why anyone would go there.

  5. Junior Walker says...

    The original Mario’s made some of the most delicious garlic knots going. The ones I had last Sunday weren’t the best. Very little garlic etc.
    I also tried the veal parm. The veal was tough, not good.
    My son had meatballs and pasta. The meatballs were tasteless.
    As jeff mentioned it’s a good looking place but the food is second rate.
    I wont be back.

  6. KJ says...

    Jeff Eats:
    Like you I love to drink a load of Coke or pepsi when I eat Italian food. Free Refills get the job done for me.
    Mario’s charges $2.85 for a 10 ounce bottle. Based on what I usualy drink, it would have cost me close to $12 to fill me up. I limited myself to two bottles, but really wasn’t too happy.
    This is a rip off.
    Such a small bottle is not a good move.
    I had a pizza there and it was second rate.

  7. Ralph Y says...

    They got bigger, cheaper, plastic soda bottles for to go orders. People who eat in get screwed with smaller glass bottle.

  8. BocaB says...

    I like Mario’s and have eaten there about 7 times. I would never order pizza or a sub there as it’s not really a pizza joint. I think their prices are very reasonable and the portiuons are nice size. I like their red sauce. Chicken Parm with pasta was very good as is their eggplant stack. As for the soda complaints, order Ice tea, they give free refills. Garlic rolls might not be as good as the original Mario’s, but they are better than most other places.

    • Simon S says...

      Are you a nut or something.I don’t like ice tea so why would I order it?

  9. Ron Cohen says...

    I ate at Mario’s about 3 weeks ago.
    It is a really great looking place.
    The menu is huge.
    It has an outdoor bar area with great 1/2 specials etc.
    I have eaten the pizza and it is definitely not the best in the area. I found it kind of tasteless.
    I have also had the meatballs and chicken scarpariello on the bone. The meatballs were not very good. They tasted like meatloaf with very little flavoring. The chicken scarp was fair but nothing great.
    Mario’s is a nice place to eat at because of the decor. The food isnt the best.

  10. GFD says...

    Great looking restaurant with mediocre food and service.
    Bova lost his touch when he moved his original restaurant to the hotel. It’s been nothing but a downhill slide foodwise since then.
    This Bova fellow use to have great food.

  11. Vic D. says...

    I didnt like the food or the service.
    It’s like a chain operation.
    The pizza I had wasnt very good.

  12. Mark says...

    I have to ask when did free soda refills start in high end resturants? I know its was in fast food places. What i want is free beer and wine refills. Also why is it everyone orders Veal or Chicken Parm when its not even italian food its American. When a chef comes to America from Italy he has to be taught to make it as they dont make it in Italy .

  13. kj says...

    food is just fair/

  14. Rong says...

    Had pizza there and it was absolute garbage.

  15. Tom Stetson says...

    Pizza is not good.

  16. Gene R. says...

    Great looking place.
    Food is mediocre.

  17. FORMERLY FROM BROOKLYN says...

    Ate there a few days ago.
    Super looking restaurant.
    Food is fair.

  18. HW says...

    Ate there Friday night and loved the pizza and meatball sub. Line waiting to get in at 6pm.

  19. TED says...

    Jeff
    You were way too rough on them.
    Food is ok and it’s a very good looking joint.

    • KSR says...

      I agree, Jeff you got to give it another shot.

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