Restaurant review - Marco's New York Italian, Hoylake

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 October 2013

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What is it?

Well, it used to be Frankie’s Bar and Grill - Marco Pierre White’s joint venture with champion jockey Frankie Dettori. Now White has re-branded it, as the name suggests, as a New York-style Italian.

On the menu

Sophisticated versions of great Big Apple belly-busting treats such as burgers. hot dogs and ribs, plus pizzas, steaks and pasta staples from spaghetti bolognese to rigatoni meatballs. We tried the Italian burger with mozzarella and crispy prosciutto (£10.95) which ticked all the right boxes after an appetite-whetting yomp along Hoylake beach. There are a few fish dishes, of which we tried the yellowfin tuna steak with olives and capers (£16.50) - a very full-flavoured and hearty portion it was too. Of the starters, we tried garlic and lemon prawns with toasted rustic bread (£7.75) - a good portion of large buttery prawns - and the roast beetroot and goats’ cheese salad (£5.50) which was excellent value and tasty.

Decor and ambience

Seaside architecture, big windows, glitterballs and chequerboard tile floors. All very shiny and glitzy. Piped music ran from Gypsy Kings to KT Tunstall. Why no Dean Martin or Tony Bennett? This is supposed to be Wirral-meets-New York.

Service

Attentive and friendly.

Cost

For a little over £80, we had three courses each, side orders and a bottle of Italian pinot noir (£17.95), which was very good value, from a concise but sensible wine list.

Marco’s New York Italian

The King’s Gap

Hoylake

Wirral CH47 1HE

0151 632 2073

www.marcoshoylake.co.uk

LOUISE ALLEN-TAYLOR

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