Review: Marco’s New York Italian
Situated beneath the Hampton-by-Hilton hotel in Sheffield’s West Bar area, the inside of Marco’s New York Italian restaurant has a classy but comfortable feel with smart surrounds giving the venue more of a “proper restaurant” feel than other Italian food chains. A pleasant soundtrack of Frank Sinatra greeted us as we settled down in one of the snazzy booths and added nicely to the Italian-American theme.
We’d decided to stick to the Italian side of the menu for the evening, and therefore opted for the Monte Cristo sharing board to kick things off. The two large olive grissinis made for perfect dipping in the tangy, sweet-and-sour caponata – a tasty mix of aubergine, tomatoes and peppers. The fresh rosemary focaccia accompanied the crushed avocado, mozzarella and bruschetta nicely (in fact, we could have done with a bit more bread to finish things off) and served as a great palette-cleanser before the main event.
For mains we opted for brand new menu addition Pollo Allo Valdostana and – won over by the sheer meatiness of the thing – the Calzone Al Carne. The former arrived as a mouth-watering cluster of fontina cheese, slices of prosciutto ham and chicken with spaghetti al pomodoro; a relatively simple dish, but a hearty, melt-in-the-mouth treat when done well, as this certainly was. The hefty calzone was packed with spicy nduja sausage, pepperoni, bolognaise and mozzarella cheese, which made for a delicious meaty feast of the highest order.
Dessert-time and the beastly calzone had seen to it that I wouldn’t be attempting another course; however, my partner, keeping the Italian vibe going to the end, ordered a classic affogato to finish. It arrived looking resplendent: three scoops of vanilla gelato in a cocktail glass, drenched in hot espresso and with amaretti biscuits on the side. A smooth, flavoursome finish to tie off a great evening of food.
With new additions to the menu tasting superb, ditto for the old favourites, and the service being as attentive as ever, Marco’s New York Italian easily preserves its reputation as one of the best places for fine dining in Sheffield city centre.
West Bar Green, Sheffield S1 2DA // 0114 399 0990 //