If the words “Coastal Mediterranean cuisine” make your brain hurt, you’re not alone. But don’t overlook Marco Polo, a Silver Lake spot specializing in that particular brand of seafood-y Italian. The (very) big plate of Calabrian baked clams is a good bet, and the chicken crostone is fantastic - it’s moist and full of olives, and the crispy bread is flavored with delicious chicken drippings. Located at the new Silver Lake Pool & Inn, Marco Polo also benefits from having the one thing most good Eastside restaurants don’t: A great patio. We envision ourselves spending a lot of Saturday afternoons here, pretending we’re in Sorrento, ordering some pasta, and chugging a gallon of Aperol spritz.
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