114 Bridge St.
Mayville Wisconsin 53050United States
This lovely restaurant in tiny Mayville screams "hidden gem," with its cozy decor and authentic Italian food, straight from Great-Grandma and -Grandpa Marsibilio.
Marsibilio's is the kind of place you love to stumble upon: a charmingly decorated restaurant where you don't have to shout to be heard and where the food is well above average. And when you find such a place in a tiny town like Mayville (population: 5,000) it's all the more exciting. Open just a few years, Marsibilio's is the work of Kevin and Michelle Martin. Kevin's great-grandparents, the Marsibilios (who changed their surname to Martin when they emigrated from Italy to America), always made meals from scratch, down to the various pasta sauces and the pastas themselves. So did their five kids, and their kids' kids and at least one great-grandchild -- Kevin. He loved re-creating their recipes so much, and inventing his own, that he opened this spot in downtown Mayville. The small restaurant has a bar and two booths in the front and a larger open section in the back with additional seating. The menu is fairly extensive, featuring appetizers, soups and salads, pasta (of course), pizzas, and various meat and seafood entrees. Similarly, there's a nice selection of beer, wine and other drinks. Two desserts are available. Prices are moderate, with most entrees $10-$16; the most expensive item is the $24 beef Oscar, a USDA prime ribeye topped with sauteed crab meat and asparagus, then drizzled with made-to-order Hollandaise sauce. Drinks are also moderate, with a nice red Zinfandel, for example, only $5.50. Michelle proudly notes that pretty much everything on the menu is handmade. You can definitely taste it in the pasta and sauces as well as in classic dishes like the pizza Margherita. Mayville-area residents, you are darn lucky.