Mezzanotte Italian Restaurant: A Short Review

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Mezzanotte means midnight in Italian and it is a fun name in fact the restaurant has a fun and laidback atmosphere, it is in the north side of town and if you live in the area it is a great neighborhood restaurant, definitely for families as well as friends, with surprisingly good food, and if not it is worth the drive. They also have special events such as on Monday and Wednesday it is tapas night where all small plates are $5, and on Saturdays they have different music entertainment like jazz or a guitarist.

The restaurant is located at 13215 Grant Road right at the corner with Louetta, and the hours of operations are for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and it remains closed on Sunday.

The service at the restaurant is homey and friendly, so they get an A-.

For their appetizers go with the Portobello perigourdine which is a pan fried mushroom with a truffle sauce on top or the antipasto freddo which is an assortment of cured meats and bell peppers for $7 or even the crab cakes for $9.

For their pasta go with the penne alla vodka which comes with pancetta for $14, or the linguine alla vongole in bianco which come with a clams, pancetta and a garlic butter sauce for $19. However if you prefer the second entrées then go with the rib eye Fiorentina which is marinated in sage, thyme and rosemary and it is very tender for $27, or go with the lamb chops al pistachio which comes with a mint-pistachio paste for $29 or even the double cut pork chops for $22. And for the seafood section go with the sole piccata which comes pan seared with a wine, lemon and butter sauce for $21, or the tonno Toscano which is tuna crusted with herbs with a lemon caper sauce for $22.

And do not forget dessert, if your stomach still has room for it, definitely go with the five layer chocolate cake, or the classic tiramisu, or the cannoli for $7, and if you wish you can request the bananas foster for $10.

The food gets a solid B+, because the pasta is not overcooked, and the meat and seafood are tender and not dry.

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