Mario's Italian Restaurant
a good thing for Union County
Mecklenburg County lost a great family restaurant when Mario’s Italian Restaurant and John’s Place scooted across the county line into Stallings.
The restaurant and connected bar feature an extensive menu of traditionally-known items PLUS a variety of more atypical dishes. You’ll want to try them all.
We have a list of “have to tries,” dishes that we would return to enjoy repeatedly – and have.
Filet mignon Milanese ($30) with sauteed mushrooms is so tender that the stereotypical statement “you could cut it with a butter knife” almost is fact. Delicious, amazingly tender, flavorful with mushrooms that do melt in your mouth.
Chicken cacciatore ($10/$14) is a very generous portion, really enough for two hungry people or tomorrow’s dinner. Made with plenty of fresh onions and peppers in a rich tomato sauce, it was served with a large portion pasta on the side. With grilled, not breaded, chicken, it’s a good low-carb.
Chicken scaloppini ($10/$10) features tender chicken in lemon butter sauce served with mushrooms and spaghetti. Our diner expected a stronger lemon flavor in the dish, but enjoyed the meal.
You can actually taste the lobster filling in lobster ravioli ($12/$16) – and that’s atypical. The ravioli were served in a delicate tomato and vodka cream sauce.
Shrimp broccolini ($13/$17) is a delicious sauté of peppers, tomatoes and shrimp in a light butter sauce served over linguini.
Mario’s has many house specialities, including chicken, veal and shrimp served in marsala, scaloppini, piccata, parmesan and francese styles. Traditional pastas are available plus specialty versions, including spinach stuffed shells, pasta margherita and lobster ravioli. You can add chicken or shrimp to any pasta.
With multiple extreme-temperature brick ovens, Mario’s takes pizza crusts to a new level. Thin and crisp with a slightly blistered crust, the 10-inch specialty pizzas are truly a delight for a single diner.