What is Papa Mario’s?
Every neighborhood needs a casual pizza joint, where everyone knows your name. Even in Shanghai, you’ll find just such one, Papa Mario’s. Near peoples’ square, Da Papa Mario’s is a simple Italian restaurant that strives to serve Italian favorites of pasta and pizzas. The owner, Mario, is like the loving uncle who comes around to each table to make sure you having a good time. And when you’re done with your meal, you’ll get a nice shot of limoncello to complete the meal.
What did I eat?
We ordered the Quandris di Pasta and the Capricciosa pizza. The Quandris is a combination of different pastas including Rosette della mamma, mushroom ravioli, strascinati rabbit sauce, tortellini in chicken broth for 130 RMB. The presentation was almost unappetizing with the presentation of the pastas in individual glumps on a plate. Each of the little piles didn’t exactly have me salivating when it arrived. But after getting past the unenthusiastic looking pasta – the pastas weren’t all that bad. They had pretty good flavor. The capriccios pizza with extra dough, tomato, mozzarella, ham, mushroom, artichoke, fresh sausage, oregano for 110 RMB, wasn’t exactly mind blowing as well. The crust, which I think is the most important part of the pizza, was chewy and had a cardboard texture. Nasty. The only thing I liked was our Mozzarella Alla Capriese appetizer with tomato, mozzarella, fresh basel and oregano for 65 RMB.
The food was just not acceptable. I wouldn’t bring my friends back here, even for a 2nd chance. But I think quality and consistency with the pizzas needs to be readily improved. The presentation of the pastas could also be improved.
The Last Word
Da Papa Mario’s has a pretty nice following, since when we went it was raining, and the place was packed.
爸爸马里奥 Da Papa Mario’s
No.1, 370 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Lu
+86 21 6340-1386
Price Range 2 $/¥/NT