Our Values
Our restaurant is like no other. There’s only one Da Marcella. Most of our values and inspiration flow down from our two dear Marcellas: Marcella Moreno and Marcella Polini, one born in Viareggio, Tuscany in 1920, the other in Cesenatico, Emilia-Romagna in 1924. They never met, but they both agreed that a Bolognese ragù should not bear that name unless it has been cooking for at least eight hours, otherwise it’s just “meat sauce”; that chickens should always roam free, and that feeding hormones or antibiotics to cows is not only harmful, but outright foolish; that a restaurant should be a place where you “restore” your customers to the best of your abilities and not just a business in search of a certain Return On Investment. They both were great cooks and their cooking was based on the old principle of using the freshest seasonal ingredients found daily at the farm markets and bringing them wholesome to the table without adornment. At Da Marcella we are simply following their steps.
About Us

We are five partners and we have been chefs, managers, bakers and/or waiters in restaurants like Felidia, Bar Pitti, Via Quadronno, Quattro, Plataforma, Da Silvano and many others.
In 2012 we united to open a Taverna that would closely resemble one just opened 100 years ago, before the terms “free-range chickens”, “organic” or “antibiotic and hormone-free beef” were coined, because then all chickens were free-range, all vegetables were organic and nobody had thought out the reckless irresponsibility of administering hormones or antibiotics to livestock.
We believe that great food should be affordably priced and that nobody should get rich feeding thy neighbor. All our pastas are made with the best durum wheat using the classic bronze dies that leave the surface of the pasta rough and porous to perfectly absorb our slow cooking sauces. At the same time, most of our pastas are organic and very soon all of them will be.
The word “restaurant” originates from the latin “restaurare” [to restore], as in “Come to our restaurant and we’ll feed you and restore you”. We want you to visit, eat with us and participate in our efforts to bring wholesomeness back into our food chain.
Da Marcella is a proud member of the Slow Food Organization, founded in 1986.

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Da Marcella Restaurant
11 West 51st Street
New York, NY. 10019

Fax: 917-639-3911

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