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Marino's Italian Restaurant

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5801 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310
+1 515-255-3931
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Marino's has now relocated to Merle Hay Rd. in Johnston. We have not been back for many years, but decided to give it a try again in their new digs. Not many changes in the décor, which is OK. Food was basic Italian with marginal seasoning which made it taste kind of bland-almost store-bought flavors. Service was spotty at best-unless... More 

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This Italian family whips up superb Calzones that are so huge, you will easily get two delicious meals out of each one!

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Thank dawnya
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This place...you guys, it is so good. The sandwiches are huge and divine. The pastas do not disappoint (try the tortellini). You get a salad and bread sticks with the pasta meals. This is a go-to for my family, especially for takeout. You don't need a whole meal per person, in that the servings are quite large. Or, you can... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

First, there are several inaccuracies on this page. The google map shows their old location which was a few blocks away. The web link is somewhat generic, not just for this place and it also shows the old location. The zip code is wrong. No idea what place that is in the pictures, but it sure isn't this place. Have... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Marino's will not blow you away with either its food or its decor. It's all low-key but good. The pictures on this page as I write this are NOT right, by the way. Marino's is located in a little stand-alone building at Merle Hay and Hickman in Des Moines. But there's a nice collection of booths and tables. We've never... More 

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Thank CardsFanIowa
Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

basic Italian menu-- variations on pasta dishes: stuffed shells, manicotti and ravioli. Limited choices, but what we chose was good, and generous. The place has no wine or beer, but are very convivial about diners brig there own choice. We brought both white and red wine and our own glasses and there was no corkage fee and no fuss. I... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Stopped in on a Friday night and we're seated immediately. Felt like a good sign. Cute small place minimally decorated, no alcohol served but can bring your own. Ordered bread sticks and received them rather quickly but were a bit burnt. I ordered stuffed chicken breast over liguuine, my date ordered stuffed ravoli. Meals came with a salad that looked... More 

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Des Moines, Ia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

Looking to grab some pasta for dinner so thought we'd try this place being as it's just down the street from our house. The food was pretty good, decent helpings. The waitress did seem to be hovering just a bit and the biggest downside is they do not serve alcohol at all. Would have been nice to enjoy a nice... More 

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Thank Kristi M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

I love this place! My favorite Italian in Des Moines. Family-owned and operated. Small, quaint place. No corkage fee, but they do only have plastic glasses for your wine. The breadsticks are amazing. My husband and I agree that they have the best pizza in Des Moines. I especially love the spinach and cheese manicotti. They make everything to go... More 

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Thank Kristina A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

I visited Marino's for the first time in May 2015. I had read really great reviews and they didn't disappoint. Marino's is simple, quaint, and has great home style Italian. We also enjoyed that we could bring in our own wine too! Can't wait to go back as I know this will be a favorite local spot for sure!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5801 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-3931

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?