Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company

Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing CompanyMarzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company
Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing CompanyMarzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company
Brewery, Eatery

170 Patchway Road
Duncansville, Pennsylvania, 16648
United States

(814) 695-1300 | map

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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

May 22, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

The place looks like a cross between a pizza joint and a Greek diner. Was the only one there on the dead of the afternoon. 8 house beers on tap and MBC. Friendly waitress. Buffalo chicken pizza was very good.

Sep 21, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Dec 17, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

When my wife and I visited they had about a dozen house beers on tap as well as 4-5 guest taps (nothing special). We got a couple of 4-beer flights ($6 each) and a "Marzoni Special" pizza that was quite good. We sat at the bar and the service was friendly and helpful.

Jan 03, 2017
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

May 07, 2016
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Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Mar 28, 2016
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Sep 24, 2015
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Gravesnyper from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

Aug 24, 2014
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Rynamite from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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.

Nov 11, 2013
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canawler from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

Oct 30, 2013
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Oct 11, 2013
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OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Nov 28, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Aug 18, 2010
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slander from New York

3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Oct 23, 2009
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Buggies from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Aug 02, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Jun 01, 2008
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Brianmerrilyn from New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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.

Mar 27, 2008
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I used to go here on occasion with some friends to relax and have some beers along with just some appetizers.

They make some very nice micro brews but i cannot remember any of the names since it has been almost 3 years since i have last visited there.

I do remember that the food was good but not great and the service was good but not great.

The value of the food and beer was spot on and i never felt like i was getting ripped off or hosed on certain brews or meals.

Overall, i think it is a ral nice place to go for happy hour and if you are looking to take your girl out for a nice evening. Get some good food for her and some good brews for you!

Jan 30, 2008
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon to find the place fairly empty. Very nice and spacious with plenty of seating at the bar area and throughout the restaurant. Tanks located behind the bar and random pictures of old brews and breweries from the area adorn the walls. Our server was very good, checking back with us several times. 8 beers on tap including the Saison and the Czech Pilsner for the summer. Beers are very inexpensive at $2 for 12oz, $3 for 20oz, or $5.95 for a sample of their 6 main beers or 6.95 to include all 8 on tap. All the beers are average or better, with the Avalanche IPA being the most standout among them. Besides pizzas (which are excellent) they also carry other sandwiches and Italian cuisine, all of it being very inexpensive and tasty. Well worth a stop if you find yourself in the Altoona area of Pennsylvania.

Aug 14, 2007
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foureyedgeek from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Met BAs Bluescooter and malthead here to do a little person-to-person trading. Once that was complete, in we went. This was my first time here. For a Tuesday night, this place was bustling.

Layout of the place included a nice, big horseshoe bar as well as plenty of seating for diners as well. Decor included a restored no-idea-what-kind-of car in the entrance. Bar had a quite a few TVs around it, but they were placed strategically, so that you could see them if you wanted to and ignore them if you did not.

We sat at one corner of the bar and the staff were on us shortly thereafter. We managed to place ourselves right of a set of the taps, so they were quick too. Marzoni's has three sizes: regular, large 20oz and mug club, with the regular being only 2 bucks a pop and the large 3. Nice prices for pretty good beer.

They had their six usuals on tap as well as a Hefeweizen and an Octoberfest as well as a large wine cooler and some macro options hedging the bet.

I had already eaten, so I ordered a side of fries. Boring choice on my part and pretty standard as far as french fries go. Their other options look tasty, so perhaps when I have more time, I'll get some 'real' food. I've heard their brick oven pizza is excellent.

Still a great value, for two beers and a side of fries I was out the door with only a tad over 5 bucks, and considering thats what you pay in a bar in my hometown for a couple macros, I think they've got a good formula going.

They also sell growlers (only fill their own though, fyi) and I got one of the Avalanche to share with a friend later this week.

Oct 11, 2006
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QXSTER1 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Packed on a Saturday night at 7PM so they must be doing something right. We had a ten minute wait which for the amount of people in the place wasn't bad. After being seated things started to roll immediately. The waitress was friendly and efficient, getting our drinks quickly and then our food order. The Hefe was spot on with the requisite banana-clove and a bit of wheat sourness, very nice. The Avalanche IPA wasn't for wimps with plenty of hops and a nice malt backbone. Overall I give the beers a big thumbs up for taste and style points.
The food was just as good. Get the Asiago dip, it's a cheese explosion. Soups, appetizers, and entrees were a cut above and everyone was satisfied.
From the outside this place looks to be an Italian restaurant that just happens to brew beer, but once inside I was impressed with both sides of the operation and wouldn't hesitate to stop again.

Sep 17, 2006
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foamee from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Marzoni's is a stand-alone building in a shopping center near Altoona, Pa. A new building, it has lots of windows and blond paneling making it light and spacious. The bar side takes up at least half the space. There are about 25 booths and tables and the large bar sits about 35 . The food is good and not expensive. The 10-barrel system is visible adjacent to the bar. They have six year-round beers and two more seasonals in a good rotation. The beer is tasty and true to style, and quite reasonably priced at $2.75 for 20 ounces, even cheaper at Happy Hour.

Aug 30, 2006
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here twice and both were a very good experience. It is a bit out of my way so I probably won't go back again unless I have reason to be in the area. Traveling from home (South Eastern PA), to my in-laws (North Western PA), this is about a 50 min. detour (each way). A nice one, when I was meeting friends there (a bit ‘not quite worth it,’ when I was driving through). Everything about it is just plain good! Good food, good service, nice facility, and the prices are reasonable. Now the beer. I wish it were more on my way. The beer is good enough to bring me back, but the overall experience is not completely mind blowing enough to merit the distance, to me. The First time I was here I had the sampler beer tray and tried them all. All of them were right on for their respective styles. The second time I visited Marzoni's, I just enjoyed my favorite, the Stone Mason Stout. If I lived close by, Marzoni's would be a regular of mine.

If you are driving through the area I recommend you stop in and check it out. Get the sampler and take home a growler of your favorite.

Hope this is helpful.

Jan 19, 2006
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Marzoni's is located in Dunscansville, just south of Altoona. The building is located right next to the Hoss's corporate offices. Outside there's the fairly standard grain silo. The inside has the standard Italian villa look that so many Italian places go with. The bar was 3-sided, and at the time we visited (roughly the end of happy hour) was absolutely packed (so we sadly sat at a table). As such, we really didn't get to take much of a look at the brewing equipment. At happy hour, it was very nicely packed with a beer-loving crowd, so that's always good, especially for a place located in strip-mallville.

Quality/Selection: Marzoni's had 8 taps, 6 regulars and 2 seasonals. The regulars ranged from the required light lager and a hefe up to their pale ale and the fantastic Avalanche IPA. The seasonals we had at the time were a very triple-ish Saison and a Scotch Ale. The beers were very nice and in fact some of them tended to shine (the Avalanche and the Saison were the two growlers we took home). We didn't get a chance to meet the brewer as we didn't make it here till nearly 6. One point on the beers: Marzoni's requires using their own growlers.

Service: Service was from a waitress, so it was just about what we'd expect: nothing super but nothing terrible either. The only reason I lowered the score a bit was because one of our growlers (the IPA) was oxidized within 72 hours, which is certainly not acceptable.

Food: As you'd expect from the name, Marzoni's menu is Italian through and through. cupbeerman and I ordered one of the brick oven pizzas and it was enjoyable if not great; it didn't have that super-crunchiness to it, but then again that was the first time I'd had a thick-crust brick oven pizza.

I'd had Marzoni's beers before, so I knew to expect that they were more than just a chain concept (which they aren't since Hoss's is completely different, including no liquor licenses). It was nice to actually go and get a chance to try all of them, and since brick oven pizza is such a nice treat, made a nice side trip from Johnstown. Well, it was certainly worth it. A very nice place with some real treats of beers (the IPA is just too damn good), and a place that I'd probably hit again when I make it up that way.

Apr 08, 2005
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froggyfrog from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a nice place to go if you happen to find yourself in the Altoona area. I try to stop here whenever I'm in town. (Usually 2-3 times per year.)

The first time I was at Marzoni's was for dinner with my family. We sat on the restaurant side at a cramped little wobbly table. I got the beer sampler and the crab cakes. I was impressed with the beer but quite disappointed with the food. That first visit was pretty bad. I didn't like the atmosphere of the place and felt that the food was sub-standard and overpriced.

That being said, the beer was good enough to bring me back again. And the opportunity to visit a brewpub in Duncansville is pretty hard to pass up considering there is not much else to do there.

My most recent visit was my most enjoyable. I learned from my past mistakes and this time went for dinner with just "the guys". We sat on the bar side at a large comfortable table with a view of the brewery. This time I also got the beer sampler which is a pretty sweet deal. You get six 8-oz glasses of beer for $5 I think it is. All of the beers are decent. I wouldn't say any of them really stand out as excellent, though the Lager is my favorite. I had the fried haddock sandwich which is beer-battered (of-course) with that Lager I like so much. This time the food was excellent as was the atmosphere and the service. Our waitress was very knowledgable and answered all of my questions about the beers.

Bottom-line: Marzoni's may be one of those hit-or-miss restaurant experiences, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes good beer and food.

Feb 15, 2005
Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company in Duncansville, PA
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