Ristorante Marco owner Marco Rizzo has always treated customers at his original restaurant in Bear as if they were family. When he opened his Greenville restaurant, he wanted to improve service—as if that were possible. Rizzo cut a few standards at the Greenville place and offered more upscale entrées. “Before we were just preparing good food,” he says. “Now we’re doing more on the prep side and paying more attention to presentation.” There is excellent veal, fresh fish and classics such as lasagna, at the Bear spot. This month (July 2010), expect salads with Jersey tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as lots of fresh fish.
“This is not a restaurant,” Marco Rizzo says. “This is my home.” Guests at Ristorante Marco certainly feel at home, thanks to the warm, cozy atmosphere and their host’s personality—friendly, full of life and Italian all the way. Rizzo thinks of customers as his friends, he’s always quick with a wine recommendation for veal scaloppine, and he’s even absorbed customers’ family recipes into his menu. “I feel like part of their families,” he says. “I even get invited to weddings.” Rizzo, who is from Italy, still visits his home country every year, then brings back the latest in wine and food trends. He’s built such a loyal following, in June he opened a second restaurant, this time in Greenville.
3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 254-5427