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.
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!
Some of Marciano's food are affordable, some are a bit pricey. So it's up to you and your budget.
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.
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
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.
No complaints here.
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.
Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Makati City, Metro Manila