Sunday, July 24, 2011

Marciano's (Greenbelt 3)

Marciano's is an Italian-American restaurant located in Greenbelt 3. Their food items have creative names inspired by old Hollywood glam.

Note: It's not my habit to bring a camera when I go out, so as with previous posts, the pictures used here are official photos, taken from the restaurant's Facebook page. I hope to change this habit in the future.

Taste
We sampled three of Marciano's dishes - Blair Waldorf 4 Cheese and Sausage Risotto, Tenderloin with Foie Gras, and Astoria Pork Medallions with Mashed Potatoes.

The risotto was very rich. You feel the umay factor early on. I wasn't sure if it was due to the oil used or due to the abundance of cheese. The Pork Medallions and the Tenderloin were both good, though. They were tender and moist. Loved the foie gras!


Marciano's Greenbelt 3 Menu

Marciano's Greenbelt 3 Menu

Marciano's Greenbelt 3 Menu


Affordability
Some of Marciano's food are affordable, some are a bit pricey. So it's up to you and your budget.


Interiors

The restaurant is very aesthetically pleasing. I doubt anyone would disagree. The decors and furniture are elegant. The curtains and the chandeliers add a great touch to the interiors, really classy. Framed artwork pieces are lined up on a brick wall on the opposite part of the place. The two sides are a little bit in contrast but the contrast works.

Marciano's Greenbelt 3
Marciano's Greenbelt 3
Marciano's Greenbelt 3
Marciano's Greenbelt 3

There are a lot of mirrors in Marciano's. You'll probably catch yourself checking yourself out (or perhaps another good-looking diner) several times during your stay (don't worry, the mirrors and the lightning are all flattering). These huge mirrors on the opposite walls open up the place, making it look more spacious and inviting. The curtains on one side, meanwhile, provide a nice contrast by enhancing the feeling of privacy and intimacy on the nearby tables.

I don't know if these contrasts I'm seeing were done intentionally by whoever designed the restaurant's look or if I'm just overanalyzing stuff. :D


Marciano's Greenbelt 3

If there's one thing about the interiors that I don't like, it's the ceiling. I'm not a fan of open ceilings. I don't even know what they're called. I just don't like seeing exposed pipes unless I'm in an industrial place. That style seems to be popular though since it makes spaces look bigger.

Marciano's Greenbelt 3
Marciano's Greenbelt 3

Cleanliness
No complaints here.

Service
If you'll search the Net, you'll find several negative reviews about the service in Marciano's. During our first visit, the servers seemed a bit cold compared to other restaurants'. But since the restaurant looked upscale, my companion and I wondered if the staff were in fact trained to be a little distant (ala the stereotypical  snobbish waiters in upscale French restaurants) instead of being all-smiles and chatty. Anyway, our food did not take long to arrive and we did not experience any rude behavior from the staff so all was well.

By the way, as you can probably see from the above pictures, Marciano's has a great-looking menu. All their food items have big, appealing pictures. I wish all restaurants would have such menus. It's a great help for customers when we know what we're ordering. I'm sure the restaurants would benefit as well since customers would be tempted to order more.

One last thing. Both times when we were at Marciano's, their TV was playing Breakfast at Tiffany's without sound. I don't get the logic of playing a movie or even a TV show without sound or subtitles. If you don't want the noise, please enable the subtitles. It was also a little weird to see the same movie during those two visits, with the movie skipping during our second visit. For a restaurant owned by an actor (Marvin Agustin), it was a bit ironic.



Marciano's
2nd Level
Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila


35 comments:

  1. i also don't like how 'functional ceilings' look ill-finished with all the bare pipes. i mean c'mon, they could have just made a decent ceiling of sorts, especially with all those chandeliers hanging.

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  2. The bare ceIling is an eye catcher and not a nice sight.I like to try the rissoto.

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  3. The bare ceiling were usually used to simply give depth to the space. and we must appreciate the design of the engineers who lay the pipes and ductings on the cieling to give a decent look to everone :) just my opinion:)

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    1. You're right. It's functional and probably aesthetic to some. Just didn't appeal to me.

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  4. Ugh, I hate the umay factor. It ruins my appetite even for food items on the table.

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  5. exquisite ceiling... i would really want to go there... :) soon. :)

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  6. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a nice movie, but the Marciano's staff should have played other movies.

    I would love to watch "Wanted" while eating steak. :D

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    1. Let's up the ante. Cannibal Holocaust perhaps? :))

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  7. Seriously, open ceilings? I'm also quite iffy about such. But if the food and service is great (as what you've mentioned), then I could probably make an exemption. :)

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  8. love the elegant interiors but no to the open ceilings (although i don't think i'll notice that) hahaha :)

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  9. I still haven't eaten at Marciano's but I hope to give it a try soon. Although when it comes to service, promptness and alertness ranks high on my list, it's still nice when servers are energetic and quite chatty.. ^^

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    1. I agree. It's definitely a plus for me when servers look like they are happy to see you.

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  10. Looks great! This is one my dreams! to be able to hop to different great restaurants!

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  11. Marciano, sounds sosyal. Anyway, since they also offer budget meals, bet ko 'to. LOL!

    Very classic ang interior!

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  12. the place looks nice!! and now imseeing foods! not so good for a dieters like me haha xx

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  13. The place looks classic and the foods truly tempting. Soon, I'll be there!

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  14. I think the ceiling is not appropriate to the ambiance that they are trying to convey. Anyway I am interested with their paella, just one of my favorite dish.

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    1. I like paella too, but haven't tried Marciano's version.

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  15. makes me hungry - paella!!!!!! would love to try it out and make my review too :))

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  16. nice place.. but also agree with others about the ceiling:)

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  17. wow restaurant na restaurant tlga ang dating :3 just like what i see in movies <3 i'd love to dine in one .

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  18. I love their interior design! The mirrors, chandeliers, curtains for 2 seaters, but not the ceiling I agree. The tried their steak and pasta which I could say nothing really special just the usual. But I like their presentation with the Gossip Girl, Hepburn and other hollywood inspired dishes. I think they are selling the experience and the poshness of the place. =)

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    1. I agree with you. They're selling an experience, not just food. :)

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  19. I also like the chandeliers and the red flowing curtain. It would probably make a good date place. I'm not so sure why they didn't close the ceiling to hide the exposed pipes. Is it because of ventilation so that more air can go around the area but if its air-conditioned it shouldn't be a problem right? Other than that I think the place looks divine. :)

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    1. I'm just guessing but I think it's to make the resto's ceiling appear higher and thus make the resto look bigger and the chandeliers grander.

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  20. i don't like open ceilings either. They're a bit scary...well, that's how I sense them to be. hehe :)

    The foods look yummy and... oh, pricey. Well, if the taste could justify the cost, it's not a problem. As the cliche goes, quality is never cheap.

    :)

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  21. "Suplado" waiters/waitresses turns me off. But since I haven't tried their food, might as well give them a shot. ^_^

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  22. the interior looks really nice.
    i also dislike servers who have blank expressions on their faces and such. btw, seriously, BLAIR WALDORF 4 cheese, as in Gossip Girl ? :o

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  23. Looks like an interesting place to sit and eat and chillax...the food are truly tempting and i could imagine myself burping with all all these beautiful table temptations.

    However, the pipes at the ceiling looks distracting especially for a fine dining theme..it's not that bad because others like the feel of an old vintage warehouse with all the criss-crossing pipes....

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  24. wow, mukhang masarap ang food kaya lang medyo nakakailang, mukhang mahal... lol. love to try it though. Yahweh bless.

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  26. When we are starved... any dining place will do
    but when we wish to have fine dining experience,
    we look for restos with good food and ambiance,
    clean and with an excellent service. We sometimes
    ignore the price for as long as we are satisfied.

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  27. food and service is great!

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