1216 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Noisy, cramped and cash-only, this imperfect yet irresistible Italian/New American BYOB owned by George Anni and chef R. Evan Turney feels like a natural extension of its diverse east-of-Broad neighborhood. Mercato is stylish rather than fancy and its oversized portions assure that no one goes home hungry. In the tiny open kitchen, Turney and chef de cuisine Mackenzie Hilton turn out perfect seared scallops with truffle-oil-scented English pea risotto, as well as orecchiette pasta with old-fashioned meatballs, mild Italian sausage and red gravy that simmers for half a day with a heap of roasted pork bones.
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User Reviews (5) :
one of our fav new places. you cannot go and not have the grilled artichoke, even if you don't know how to eat artichokes!
great energy, great service and beautiful pastas. we sat at the open window and also enjoyed the people watching opp with the crowd across the street at Valanni's. a true foodies hangout
Posted by marian: Apr. April 7th, 2009 at 4:13 PM
We are consistently pleased with our dining experience at Mercato (and we go often!). Service is efficient and friendly, the food is delicious and there is a lot to choose from. I highly reccommend it for a great night out.
Posted by Bridget: Mar. March 25th, 2009 at 11:56 AM
The Mercato is simply one of the best and most consistent BYO's in the city. The food is rich with flavor in familiar dishes that go to the next culinary level. They know their cheeses and use them well in many dishes. A tasting of cheeses is always a good start. It is small, and tight, but I have enjoyed the conversations with other diners that were forced, due to their close proximity. When we're feeling like a great meal we count on the Mercato to be consistently great!
Posted by Patricia: Mar. March 24th, 2009 at 12:40 PM
We frequent this restaurant quite a bit and I can assure you that we haven't had a disappointment yet. Mackenzie is very talented, the food is outstanding.
Posted by Michele: Feb. February 25th, 2009 at 1:56 PM
I went during restaurant week so it was very busy. We were made to wait 30 minutes even with a reservation. Also, we were asked to leave as soon as they cleared the plates not being allowed to finish our bottle of wine because they needed the table. However they did give us tickets for a free drink at their sister location across the street. The food was excellent however. The antipasta plate was large and the flavors were amazing. The Bruschetta appetiser was also very flavorful. For my meal I had the scallops. They were a little under cooked and chewey but overall the dish was tasty. I would go back perhaps when it was less crowded.
Posted by Christina: Feb. February 19th, 2009 at 9:50 AM