Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
Marzoni's rocks. Simple as that. It's nice enough to feel like you're in a top notch establishment, but not so nice that you feel like you need to be dressed up to go there. They have a "bar" side and a dining room side.
The food is excellent...from pizza, to the wings, to the spinach salmon salad, to the pistachio crusted salmon. The fried green beans are amazing too. Oh, and the nachos are amazing.
Marzoni's IPA is one of my favorites. 7% abv, and excellent flavor. Nice hops, but not overpowering. They always have 6 standard beers, and 2 seasonals. Their Octoberfest is 2nd to none. I've tried every other Octoberfest I can find, and Marzoni's is still my favorite.
If you're going to be in Central PA, make it a point to visit Marzoni's.
11-11-2013 00:34:31 | More by Rynamite
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
After passing by here many times on trips between Pittsburgh & the mid-state, my wife & I decided to stop in on our way back from a Thanksgiving trip.
Place was fairly busy, being a Saturday evening, but we were seated after a reasonable wait. Decor looked like kind of chain-y & contrived -- the dining room where we were seated reminded me a little of Olive Garden, with the Tuscan colors & a wall of grape-themed stuff (in a brewpub?). I have a feeling Hoss's has something to do with the atmosphere. Not bad, & kind of comforting in its own way, but pretty generic.
Beer selection was decent, though the "Brewer's Choice" selections, a Baltic porter & a dry-hopped pale, elevated it above the fairly mundane daily selection -- those two were my faves & pretty tasty, with the stout a close third. Not impressed with the American wheat, which was served with a lemon wedge & actually tasted a little dingy. Highs & lows here.
The menu was pretty decent, & there were a few items I was eyeing, finally settling on the chicken salad croissant with sweet potato fries. Good stuff, but I had to eat the sandwich with a fork. Still, I won't slight the place on its food, though in this aspect it reminds me of a higher-grade chain restaurant, honestly.
Our waiter was friendly & attentive, & I even chatted with him a little about the beer -- he was a fan of the dry-hopped pale as well. Good to see that the waitstaff is knowledgeable about the product.
Prices were decent, particularly a 8 x 6 oz. taster for under $10. I can't see making a special trip out here, & wouldn't recommend this as a destination for beer geeks, but like I said, I come through often enough that I can see stopping again sometime. Maybe next time I'll try to sit at the bar or another dining room.
11-28-2010 14:10:09 | More by OneDropSoup
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Transcribed from notes dated Su, 31 Mai 2009, following the annual Pints for Pets Fest.
The entry was in the center of the building with twin doors that opened onto a delivery truck in the vestibule (!). Continuing in, there were a series of benches fronted by the m.d.s. To the left was the restaurant area with a mix of standard restaurant tables and chairs as well as booth seating. Further back, still to the left, was a private dining room. In the center, past the m.d.s., were a few tables followed by high stools and a counter overlooking the brick oven (truth in advertising). To the right of the m.d.s. was the bar area, featuring booths along the walls, some high tables and chairs in the center and the long, rectangular blonde wood bar as the centerpiece. The brewhouse was visible behind glass windows to the right of the kitchen entry and ran along the back wall behind a series of booth seating.
There was nothing terribly aesthetically pleasing about this place, but it was not a bad place to eat lunch and drink beer on our journey eastward towards home. Service was quick, pleasant, and unobtrusive - all things I like when I am not at the bar. If I'm at the bar and the bartender has valuable things to say, I do not mind social interaction. In a restaurant, I prefer to simply conduct business. The food was good and filling, nothing earth-shattering, but not send it back and complain, either.
Beers: Locke Mountain Light; Marzoni's Amber Lager; Highway 22 Wheat; Patchway Pale Ale; Avalanche IPA; Stone Mason Stout (N2 pour); with Weizenbock and Maibock as the seasonals.
08-18-2010 19:38:32 | More by woodychandler
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Week un4tunately not progressing along quite as fast as I'd hoped. There's no way 6-8 weeks is going to get this deal done, which I wouldn't mind so much if I weren't commuting to the Maryland panhandle; living out of a hotel again, where I can get a beer & a bite. Nowhere near here, it seems I'll be taking this show on the road for din...
I'm guessing it would be the stand alone place in the parking lot with a large faux grain silo next to it. An old Model T sits in the front entranceway, and a giant horizontal old time mega group portrait just inside, with growlers and old Altoona brewery bottles over the doorway. Brick oven pizza zone front row center; seating and banquet space to the left, bar and more seating to the right. Blinds drawn big windows on yellow papered walls over wood slat framed lowers. Taps listed on a board and standard vintage brewery prints; guy on wagon delivering beer, horse drawn this, guys rolling kegs that (on closer inspection, some of those old brewery prints are of the long defunct Altoona Brewery; kind of cool, and not so standard). Faux potted plants, and wreaths mounted & hung. Black drop ceilings with lighting on fans a-spinnin', martini glass lamps over the seating, mounted wall lanterns and track spots throughout.
7 booths on the far wall below arched windows on brick looking in over the brewroom. A ½ dozen raised bar tables run an "L" around the other 2 sides, and a seating area sits behind a bordering divider concealing nearly a dozen tables. The other end of the place holds a small dining area with a dozen and a half tables & booths, plus a banquet room off that with the same. Parked on the corner of the bar where I can easily assess the pizza situation like right there, I'm thinking it's just a brick front & and doesn't look to be wood fired but I will investigate further. Derek 'tending says the brick oven is brick over concrete, the real deal, but gas lit and not wood fired. He'd know, he used to cook over there. A small prep area in front of it, with seating for 9 on a straight wood pizza bar looking on, and 4 tables lying adjacent.
A long rectangular wood bar with a foot rest sits in the middle of the room; seating for 30 or so on backed stools around 3 sides of the bar, and racked glassware & service on the end. Booze tiered below, coolered wine & more glassware. Tower of 8 taps sit on opposite corners of the bar. Wood overhang traces above the bar with wine bottles lining the underside all around. TV's along the inside viewable from where you're seated at the bar and a ½ dozen crappy macro bottles displayed. Cheese theme restaurant sports memorabilia and framed pics of old timey whatever lining the exterior with more TV's for the people sitting away from the bar proper.
Food menu is a variety of pizzas and a lot of pasta dishes, mostly, but then other pub grub items too. App'd with 12 dry rub wings which were quite good. They were seasoned with crazy and were 50% better than if it had just been 8 wings. And then a wheat Margherita pie with pepperoni. I'll have that very, very, very well done, 3 'verys', burn it, I mean it. Okay, that's not well done, put it back in, okay, now it's borderline well/very well done, put it back in, third time's the charm, at which point the pizza guy came out to see me, to make sure I was good with the char, which I are. That gas fed brick oven is irking me with its big neon red "Marzoni's" piece above. I kind of want to punch it in the neck. Still, the food was good, it's just, well, I'm spoiled these days.
8 house beers on tap. The Marzoni "66" is a sampler of 6 beers x 6oz samples, I added the 2 seasonals; it seemed to be good math. So you get the 6 regulars (Locke Mountain Light, light golden lager nothingness; Marzoni's Amber Lager, deep copper color, nicely malty; Highway 22 Wheat, American style Wheat, hazy & finished with an evil lemon, really nothing to it; Avalanche IPA, nice hop bitterness; Patchway Pale Ale, nice hoppy presence, yes, fruity & some bitterness; Stone Mason Stout, creamy licorice in a good way) and the 2 brewer's choices (Blueberry Bock, syrupy sweet cloying pain stick, a god example of a bad fruit beer, smelled like a gumball and then I had this sensation of a vanilla blueberry something a-coming. Don't think it was so much a bock as just someone thought "blueberry bock" sounded good; Mark's Mash Hopped Pale Ale, brewed using only mash & dry hopped, just okay, comes across like it's going to do something and then it don't). Marzoni's Amber Lager, Avalanche IPA, Patchway Pale Ale & Stone Mason Stout were the best of the bunch.
Comfortable enough place in spite of the kitschy sports décor barside. Service served, prompt, polite, present. Pizza was tasty and they put up with my char and rechar nonsense, some of the beers were very good, some were so not; I think I liked approximately every other one. Not a bad excursion all in all.
10-23-2009 15:01:40 | More by slander
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
I went there on a Friday night. The place is very noisy when at capacity. Still, a nice atmosphere.
My trip here was mostly just OK. Quality was OK, and the service was OK considering it was a busy night.
They have a pretty extensive menu which includes everything from steak to seafood to Italian dishes down to your basic sandwiches. I had the beer battered fish with chips. Very good.
Prices were good too. Meals range from $5 to $25. There 12 oz beers will run you $2.50 each. I had the wheat and the stout. Both tasty. Only problem was that the wheat came with a lemon slice in it.
Generally, the food is just OK. Nothing special. The pub would be the only reason to bring me back.
08-02-2008 02:10:00 | More by Buggies
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
During a random visit to Happy Valley, the family decided to run down the road to Marzoni's, just outside of Altoona.
Atmosphere: The place strikes me as a Hoss's with beer (they are owned by the same group). Lots of dining, a good looking bar and open kitchen that is visible from the middle section of the restaurant. Nothing exciting but the place is not stark, more like a neighborhood eatery.
Quality: Food was good, beers were solid. The waitstaff was friendly. The only complaint was that the cooling system did not seem to work in the non-smoking section. As a result, it was somewhat warm and stuffy.
Service: Prompt with beer, soda and chocolate milk, as well as taking our order. There were several large groups that could have detracted attention from us but the waitress ensured that that did not happen.
Selection: 8 beers, 6 are year-round and 2 are seasonal (the East End Brewing collaboration Lichtenhainer and a maibock). I went with the Lichtenhainer and Avalanche IPA, both of which were good.
Food: The food is a step above pub grub without the pretentiousness. The overall theme is Italian and the menu includes pizza, grinders and good entrees. I went with chicken raviolis and my wife went with the margherita pizza. No complaints from either of us.
06-01-2008 01:45:19 | More by akorsak
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
Another place i found while tagging along with the GF on a Fresh Air Fund trip. She was in Altoona but my recentely acquired _PA Brewpubs_ showed me that he more rural ya get, the more micrebrews ya have. The place is more of a rest/pizzeria than a brewpub but don't take that to be a negative. Large English/irish style bar setup in the middle with tables surrounding. Sat next to a WWII vet and kibizted about how the Confederates tried to blow up the armory in Altoona during the Civil War and how he is a 5 minute drive "up the hill" but 5 hours in the snow. Enjoyed the Stone Mason Stoudt the best. Highway Wheat is a American Wheat ale so don't expect anything cloudy or thick. Both Pale and IPA's were standard but I kept going back to the stoudt. Full extensive menue and good service, but I was not in any rush so could have be different for locals.
03-27-2008 19:42:28 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company in Duncansville, PA
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