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“Winning Italian”

Mercato Bar & Kitchen
Ranked #32 of 269 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$45
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Open since November 2010, Mercato Bar & Kitchen offers Italian inspired seasonally conscious cuisine, an extensive specialty cocktail program and Italian and New York state wines.
Reviewed 6 August 2014

They don't take reservations, so we went early and had no trouble getting a booth. We started with their soup of the day, an "Eastern Long Island clam chowder" - no cream, but not tomato-based either. It had some tomato and lots of vegetables and potato in a clam broth. Excellent, as was the gnocchi with eggplant ragu, a dense tomato-based sauce with eggplant. The wine list is impressive. We had a great super-Tuscan red. Service was friendly and efficient.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Great food for the price! As we were passing through town on way to a B and B we were too tired to go to restaurant.They don't do take out but the accommodated us anyway! Try the oven fried chicken!

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Thank Laurie W
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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

High quality food and friendly service. The prices are a tad high BUT if you are looking for a nice place to have dinner, take guests or entertain business acquaintances, then pick this spot. Its clean, quiet and with a limited menu, they focus on executing a few dishes really well. The hangar steak is really good and so is the pork milanese and for the vegetarian lovers, try the gnocchi. I personally love the liver crostini. Really one of the nicer places in Ithaca.

Thank DocMetrics
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I read good reviews on Tripadvisor and Mercato did not disappoint. I got the Arctic Char which is cooked with lemon and capers in parchment paper. The presentation is great (they open it tableside) and it was delicious (melt in your mouth!). My husband got the steak and felt it was one of the best he’s ever had. You can eat indoors in a booth, at the bar or at one of the small patio tables outside.

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Thank Heather J
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Enjoyed our dinner (grilled hangar steak w/shoestring fries [steak tasty, good texture and perfectly prepared; potatoes more chip like than shoestring, could have been less crunchy; served w/side salad -- nice vinaigrette; fettucini & cavatelli, both good; starters were crostini trio [nice] and olives and Marcona almonds [both unusually good]), good service. Almost left after we were seated as the menu had few things we liked, but glad we stayed. A nice dinner in Ithaca.

Thank PlatinumHoney
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