Pizza. That is the one word in the entire English language that makes me think of Italian food. Ever since I fell in love with authentic Italian food back in 2014, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pizza. Pizza that is light, flavorful and a sauce that is seeped in the flavors of Italy. After visiting Marco’s, I believe my seemingly endless quest is over.
Marco’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is a small mom and pop place in Wimberly, TX. Marco brought the authentic flavor of Italian pizza from Italy to the Texas Hill Country in 2005. The servers are very friendly and talkative. Yes, the restaurant is small, but nonetheless it is full of amicable people who brighten your day with their actions and words. The word pizza has a very confusing origin. It is ‘pie’ in Italian, ‘pix’ in Latin, and pitta in Greek. Legend has it that Raffaele Esposito made the first pizza in the late 1800’s for King Umberto and Queen Margherita. Apparently, Queen Margherita liked Esposito’s invention that he decided to name his dish, ‘pizza margherita.’
I ordered the Hawaiian pizza and it was cooked to perfection. The crust was soft yet crunchy. The pizza sits light in the stomach. The ham was covered in a rich and smokey flavor. The pineapple pieces that were scattered across that face of the dish still had the juicy insides of a fresh pineapple and the juices helped caramelize the outside of the fruit to give it a candy crunch with a juicy pineapple inside.Gelato in Italian literally means ‘frozen.’
Gelato originated back in the 16th century by Bernardo Buotalenti. Legend has it that he amused the courts of Catherine De Medici with his creamy creation.Gelato is churned at a lower speed, has a milk base instead of cream, and uses less egg yolks. American ice cream is churned at a very high speed to incorporate more air into the mix, it has a cream base instead of milk, and it has a fat content of at least 10%. Marco’s gelato melts in your mouth oozing out a milky, chocolatey and buttery taste that overwhelms your brain with flavor. The texture reminded me of eating a spoonful of chocolate Greek yogurt with a bit more sugar.
The food was a (drum roll please!) 10 out of 10. The service was a 10 out of 10. The atmosphere was a 10 out of 10. I highly recommend Marco’s Italian Restaurant for excellent pizza, excellent service, and an excellent environment.
If you decide after reading this post that you want to visit Marco’s, here is the address.
303 Wimberley Square, Wimberley, TX 78676