Small plates of food are all the rage at the moment, so you’ll be delighted to discover that Marabel on Allandale Road specialises in these exquisite bite-sized dishes. These dishes go by the name of cicchetti, which is Italian for small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional bàcari in Venice, Italy. So despite being located in Stoneygate, Leicester you’ll get nothing but Mediterranean vibes in this restaurant and wine bar. With everything from pizza to pasta and from meat to seafood, Italian flatbreads and salads on offer, even the fussiest of eaters will find something enticing on the menu at Marabel.
Authentic Italian grub around Leicester really doesn’t get much better than Marabel on Allandale Road in Stoneygate. Priding themselves in serving up excellent Italian small plates called cicchetti, the menu at Marabel encompasses all that is good about Mediterranean food – good seasoning, lots of olive oil, a sprinkle or two of chilli, and bucketloads of garlic. Choose from creamy pasta dishes, seafood risottos, crispy slow-roasted pork belly dishes, fillet steaks with balsamic glaze, and so much more, with lots of vegetarian options to boot! Plus, the beauty of small plates is that you’re completely justified in ordering more than a few things off the menu, so you can get a real taste of Marabel’s fantastic Italian offerings.
If you’re heading out for dinner at Marabel in Stoneygate, Leicester we highly recommend kicking off your meal in style with an Aperol Spritz or two. For starters, ensure you try their crispy fried gnocchi with a fiery tomato dip and lashings of freshly shaved parmesan. For mains, a selection of cicchetti is the only way to go with the wild mushroom arancini (stuffed rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried) and a smooth carbonara with linguine and crispy pancetta are amongst some of the best on the menu. Oh, we’re drooling at the mere thought of it. You’d better book a table at Marabel immediately!
Great food, great selection of wine (and good knowledge of wine from staff) and good service.
This was my second visit to Marabel and the food and service has been excellent on both ocassions. I love the melanzane parmigiana and seabass with pesto. The bloody negroni is also delicious. Thoroughly recommend.
Last night was the first night my sister, my mum and I had spent an evening together (just us, no partners, no kids) for ages, and we had such a lovely time. Food was fab and service was great x
Both food and service is amazing! Luckily it's only round the corner from my flat so I go a lot and have never been disappointed. Would fully recommend
The restaurant was lively and all members of staff were friendly & accommodating. However there was a very long wait for food - over an hour from ordering. Food portions were quite small - 3 very small pieces of chicken in the chicken cacciatore! One dish was incorrect & had to be changed. We were charged for a bottle of prosecco instead of a glass - asked for it to be taken off - they added a glass but didn't take the bottle off so had to ask again!
Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Staff were all very pleasant. I will definitely recommend Marabel. Great experience and we will be back again soon
The food was fabulous and the service was great. The staff could not have been more helpful. The restaurant has a wonderful friendly atmosphere. It was very relaxed and friendly. Would definitely recommend.
Great, professional and friendly service. Food beautiful. Recommend 2-3 dishes per person. We are at a Saturday lunch sitting and catered for well. Lighting is a little dark but ok.
First visit.. Amazing food.. great staff who were very friendly and accommodating.. very reasonable prices too and didnt have to wait long for our food either! definitely return soon👍🏼
Great environment, enthusiastic service and most of all the food was amazing. The only detractor was the lighting; a bit too dark and we couldn't see all the beautiful food. Would definitely recommend!