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Marino’s Bistro To Go Reveals “Build Your Own Pasta Bowl”

Marino’s Bistro To Go, which opened in 2015 at 2010 Marlton Pike West, Marketplace at Garden State Park, has unveiled several new additions to its menu including its highly-acclaimed “Build Your Own Pasta Bowl.”

Unlike anything available in other restaurants, this unique concept allows diners to choose from nine pastas, then select a sauce, and lastly select an optional “add on” including shrimp, meatballs, and chicken. Ten complimentary toppings are also available.

Marino's Pasta To Go Build Your Own Pasta Bowl Cherry Hill

Marino’s Pasta To Go Build Your Own Pasta Bowl (Photo by David Johnson)

Choose from the following pastas:

  • Homemade gnocci
  • Penne
  • Whole wheat penne
  • Rigatoni
  • Spaghetti
  • Angel air
  • Pappardella
  • Cheese ravioli
  • Gluten-free penne

Then choose from the following sauces:

  • Red gravy
  • Vodka sauce
  • Alfredo
  • Gorgonzola cream
  • Pesto cream
  • Bolognese (meat sauce)

For a little extra dough, add the following:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Shrimp (4 pieces)
  • Sausage link in red gravy (1 link)
  • A jumbo meatball

Complimentary toppings include:

  • Grated Locatelli cheese (the real stuff!)
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (the real deal, no “Parmesan” here)
  • Grated Ricotta Salata
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • White truffle oil
  • Hot pepper oil
  • Fried chili peppers
  • Fried long hots

We checked it out tonight and absolutely adored the concept. Super easy to order, quick service, AND very tasty! Everything tastes homemade even though it is made in just a few minutes with some high-tech equipment, like this quick-cooking industrial-sized pasta cooker.

Marino's Bistro To Go Industrial-Sized Pasta Cooker

Pasta takes no time to cook with this machine!

I opted for the Rigatoni with Red Gravy and 2 Jumbo Meatballs. I asked for a liberal grating of fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano (it’s the real thing!) and fresh chopped basil. SO GOOD!

Rigatoni with Red Gravy and Meatballs at Marino's Bistro To Go

Rigatoni with Red Gravy and Meatballs (Photo by Marilyn Johnson)

You can’t see the meatballs because they give you a generous amount of sauce and cheese – which is a very welcome thing!

Here’s a close-up of the glorious balls, though.

Marino's Bistro To Go Meatballs in Red Gravy

Jumbo Meatballs in Red Gravy Jimmy’s Grandma’s Own Recipe! (Photo by Marilyn Johnson)

They also offer a selection of build-your-own salads, sandwiches and more.

Owner Jimmy Marino and his partners, who are his two brothers, have also added salad and sandwich stations for those who aren’t looking for pasta or want to add to their orders.

Marino’s To Go has approximately 80 seats and has become a very popular spot for lunch and dinner. It also has a thriving take out and catering business for those looking for a “home cooked” meal in minutes.

Marino modeled the Cherry Hill location after the original Marino To Go location opened in 2009 next door to his acclaimed restaurant in Collingswood, NJ Bistro DiMarino. Its success inspired him to open the Cherry Hill location – only on a much larger scale.

The concept has become so popular that Marino has started a franchising business and the Cherry Hill location serves as the storefront for the training of future franchisees.

Jimmy has already signed on to open a Bistro To Go location on Market Street in Camden, signaling firm plans for a Camden renaissance.

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