Sunday, July 19, 2015
My sister LeVonne's birthday (7/7) just happened to fall on a Tuesday this year, which made it perfect for checking out Mercato (1216 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) Tuesday Tasting Menu - 3 Courses for $33.00 #TastingTuesdays .
In terms of the decor, I like the simplicity, intimate size and natural lighting of Mercato, yet it had been over 5 years since the last time I'd dined there. It's an Italian BYOB, but not how you'd think of a traditional Italian restaurant; it's really more the type of place I like to go to for small plates, antipasti, inventive appetizers, grilled veggies, artisan cheeses etc...
Our 3 Courses (Antipasti/Secondi/Dolce)
We chose a Prosecco for our BYOB - Light, sparkling wine from Veneto, Italy well-balanced with hints of apple. 3 Tines For more Tinsel & Tine Wine/Beer Picks visit our Pinterest page.
CHILLED JERSEY TOMATO SOUP - crab fritter, basil sparrow lane white balsamic
BALSAMIC BUCATINI & LAMB BOLOGNESE pistachio, oregano, piave cheese, manicardi 25 year-old balsamic
What I have to say about this is... More Please! I wished I'd had a big, big portion. Wonderful combination of flavors, the Bucatini pasta is the consistency of a cold sesame noodle like you'd get at a Thai or Chinese restaurant. And I swear I could taste the difference between balsamic aged 25 years and regular balsamic. 4 Tines
BALSAMIC POACHED PEAR goat cheese gelato, hazelnuts, vincotto fig balsamic
This was not very satisfying to me. I felt like the pear was too hard, the whipped goat cheese wasn't very flavorful. I was left feeling like I still wanted dessert - 1.5 Tines
LeVonne chose the CHERRY TORTA almond crumble, white chocolate, basil villa manodori blasamic vinegar. She wasn't much happier with it then I was with my dessert, but we did appreciate our server adding the celebratory candle!
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