Our History

Marcopolo restaurant was established under the sole initiation of Rubiolo Battista, an aspiring Italian Chef, back in 1987. He popularized Italian food of his part of the world to Nepal, which was quite an idea in Nepal during the 80s' His knowledge of Italian cooking and unique presentation made Marco Polo a must-visit place among the local food lovers and international travellers. Marcopolo’s signature delicacies not just became the talk of the town, but also showed the delicious side of cultural blending to the Nepali folks. Now, Marcopolo is back again with Robi’s time-tested experience and ever-young creativity to present more interesting varieties that include the entire Mediterranean cuisine. Marco Polo is eager as always to take all the passionate gastronomes on the food adventure that is sure to be more tantalizing than ever.

Mission to open Marcopolo
by Mr.Suman Pandey

Marcopolo is a fine Italian restaurant that truly features the authentic taste of Italy and the Mediterranean. Located in a welcoming ambience of Chhaya Centre, Thamel, we blend the uniqueness of Italian heritage and elegance of local culture along with our culinary legacy of the 80s to bring about a memorable dining experience. With a team of passionate culinary experts both international and local - for whom cooking is the first love - we offer a great selection of freshly made traditional delicacies, creative recipes and delightful drinks showcasing the diverse taste of Italy and the Mediterranean. In simple words, we love to say we are more than a next door pizzeria!

Contribution towards Nepal Tourism

Whether it is for Tourism Industry or any other fields contributing towards Country’s wellbeing, we decide tomake Marcopolo Restaurant a model project to serve the society and stand as a model of inspiration forothers. So, we will be working in the following areas to fulfill our commitment that ensures our journey towards excellence.

Hands Behind us

Dr Bert van Walbeek

Dr Bert “Bow-Thai” van Walbeek has been an Hotelier for 45 years and Marketer of Tourism for 35 years, a Motivator and a Master of Disaster for 25 years and a lecturer for 15 years. He is an active international consultant at Marcopolo. He was Chairman of PATA Thailand Chapter, Co-Chair of the Education & Training Committee, Chairman of the PATA Rapid Recovery Taskforce and presently chairs the Tourism Committee of the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce. He also became a member of the Marketing Committee of TICA (Thailand Incentive & Convention Association), and was the Founder and first President of the Thailand Chapter of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives).

His expertise is well-known in the Asian MICE Industry. He has trained hundreds of participants

together with the Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA), Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association ( ATA). He was conferred lifetime award of Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) by the University of West London. He also has been an Adjunct Professor at various Thailand’s Universities and Honorary Professor at Shanghai Normal University. He is a renowned speaker and guest lecturer at Universities in China, Germany, Macau, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom; and companies like International Herald Tribune, Amadeus, Essilor and Schott Zwiesel; and associations like APEC, ICCA, PATA, UNWTO and WTTC. 

He is also the author of a MICE case study book "Dr. MICE" and the co-author of a Crisis management guideline called "Bounce Back”. Currently, he is lecturing the “Next Generation”, through Master Program courses on Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Events.

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