Being a Union native, and someone who lives around the block from Mario's (now called Tutto Bene Trattorria), I have been to Mario's a good amount, and for different occasions. Regardless of the occassion, the food, service, and overall feeling has been very good.
It has a romantic feel for those who want to go on a date or two there, but it also has a laid back feel by the small bar area. I'm someone who usually gets the same thing (obviously based on which restaraunt I'm going to), so I can't comment on the wealth of dishes...however, I CAN comment on the pastas, salads, and anti-pastos there -- delicious.
I also like the fact that they continue an old tradition of giving their customers mini cones filled with sorbet between the appetizer and the main course to cleanse the pallet -- something you will really appreciate.
Definitely would recommend Mario's to anyone.
Came here once a few years ago been meaningto go back. Fantastic! I had the chicken francese and my boyfriend had veal. In between our meals they gave us tiny lemon sorbet cones to cleanse the palate! Love this idea more places should do it! Not too crowded but I'd definitely call before you go.
Excellent food, great bar, and they always make me feel like part of the family! I eat there at least once a week, and never had a bad meal.