Mercato Italiano

4.4
116 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Mercato Italiano serves authentic Italian cuisine with house-made fresh pasta, creative cocktails and an extensive wine list. We take reservations, offer takeout, and is recommended for dessert. The recommended attire is casualDuring the summer we offer outdoor patio seating and have a private dining loft year round.

The menu at Mercato Italiano consists of dishes such as butternut squash gnocchi, chicken saltimbocca, pork chop, short rib ravioli, mussels, meatballs, fried goat cheese balls, salads, and lasagna.
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Miami
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ina trip of great bourbon and really bad food, this was a welcome change. By far the best meal of the trip. We picked it through open table and really had no idea where we were heading. An uber drive into a nice little suburb w did not know existed (only about 15 minutes) and we were in a great little casual italian place. Food was great, even had some good wines to choose from. Service was fantastic. Not a formal dining experience but an amazing casual place to get good food

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Responded 4 hours ago

Divedvm, It was very nice to meet you. We are glad you gave Mercato a chance. Thank you for taking the time to write the review and hopefully the next time you all are in town, we'll see you again. Safe travels!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent and delicious.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day

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KD
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was EXCELLENT! Our server was AWESOME! Can't wait to return.

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Responded on June 17, 2019

Karen D Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy you enjoyed your time at Mercato and can't wait to see you again soon!

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a
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with great service, delicious food and delightful company!

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Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you av8trx!

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Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent! Freshly made pastas with delicious sauces that weren’t too heavy. Only issue we had was service. Our server was very nice but kind of forgot about us. We sat and waited and waited for her to come back and take our order and bring our bread and wine.

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B
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and will not be our last. Highly recommended.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A little pricey for portion size

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, just wish there had been more on my plate for the price. The atmosphere is rather casual for the menu prices.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 4, 2019

Jkee, Thank you for coming in and we always appreciate and welcome feedback.

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j
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our first visit to the Mercato was much better than this visit. This was a very busy night and the service was slow but they were training new help so hopefully things will improve. The manager however was very attentive, checking on us frequently. As for the food, it was just okay. I saw many other dishes that looked great. Will definitely return to try other choices. Overall this is a fun, lively place!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 4, 2019

Judithk, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. Would love to talk more about what you had as far as food. Please give me a call at 502-690-3200 and ask for Kenny Graham the General Manager.

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FZ
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Dish was supposed to have ingredients listed on the menu that were not present in the squid ink pasta. Arugula salad was a joke for $13. Overpriced and the most uncomfortable chairs ever.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 4, 2019

FZappa, We always appreciate feedback, would love to have a conversation about the ingredients that were not on the menu. Please give me a call at your convenience, 502-690-3200. Also we are actually addressing the chair issue this week. Thank you again for coming in and writing the review.

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CS
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Absolutely terrible service. The hostess didn’t acknowledge us once we arrived after us speaking three times. Server was spread all over the restaurant and don’t provide timely service. Food was average. I do not recommend this restaurant.
Will never return.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 2, 2019

Christopher S, Thank you for taking the time review Mercato. Please give me a call @502-690-3200. My name is Kenny Graham and I am the General Manager. I would like to get more information on your visit. I can assure you this is not up to our standards and would love another opportunity to Wow you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Mussels, bread, and Caesar salad with fried anchovies are always amazing. Wife adores the short rib ravioli. 😋

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Columbus
50 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Mercato and we weren't disappointed. The hosts at Chateau Bourbon (next door to Mercato) provided some recommendations. We started with the mussels. So good with a nice spiciness. My wife had the short rib ravioli and I had the costoletta, which is a 14 oz. bone-in pork chop, stuffed with smoked mozzarella and wrapped in prosciutto. Both meals were wonderful. We'll be back the next time we visit Norton Commons.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 2, 2019

Foodmonster, First great name! Second, we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to your next visit. Also will have to personally thank Chateau Bourbon. They have been great neighbors!

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u
Louisville
42 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a party of 6 & it was our first time here. It was a beautiful day, so we wanted to sit outside. Ask if they would put 2 open tables together so we could sit outside. The hostess had a table set inside and she wasn't really willing to accommodate our request. So not a great start.
Our server was very good. I had lasagna, which was very good. My wife had the margarita pizza, which she said was only OK. The fresh bread was very good as well.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 2, 2019

upsgator, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our goal is accommodate everyone's needs. I will follow up with out host and see where the issue was. Thank you for doing the review and hope to see you all again soon.

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GW
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was much better than my previous visit, however, the noise level is obnoxious! You almost have to yell to have dinner conversation. And the bartender, who must’ve been having a bad day because the person was practically throwing the cleared dishes into the bus pan, should be fired!!

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal spot. Great service and food!! Highly recommend

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 2, 2019

Joe, We appreciate the kind words. Thanks for taking the time to review us. See you soon!

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CM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best darn pasta in Louisville - meatballs are awesome too

Mercato Italiano
Responded on June 2, 2019

Christopher, We think so too! Thank you for letting us take care of you! Hope to see you all again soon!

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RM
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Plastic-like chairs are uncomfortable. Some of the tables outside are not level.

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S
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Peter was very nice accommodating our orders.
The food and wine selection are delightful aa it is in Italy
Definitely will return!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 19, 2019

Sheilav, We look forward to seeing you again!

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RE
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a nice place to dine & chat. Will come back & try the Monday special. Great staff!!!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 19, 2019

RandiE, Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Always, Amazing food! Unfortunately Kitchen was understaffed on a holiday so our meal took quite a long time to arrive. We were originally seated at a very crowded but the hostess happily moved us, and our waitress was nice but unfortunately this dinner was for my parents 40th anniversary AND Mother’s Day both of which were completely forgotten by the restaurant by the time our food finally arrived. We went elsewhere for dessert,

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g
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch food was excellent. Our server was very attentive and made an excellent mimosa!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 19, 2019

Gm2018, Thank you for taking the time to write the review, we hope to see you at dinner soon as well!

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SL
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meraviglioso

another wonderful lite dining experience. Food is delightful, service suburb

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 10, 2019

Steve, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JB
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had brunch the day after Derby. We love the atmosphere and have been to the restaurant before but not for brunch. The food was ok but not nearly as good as it is for dinner. They were sold out of several brunch items because it was very busy and seemed to be understaffed. I had steak and eggs and it was ok but nothing special. I think it is a great place for dinner but brunch wasn't as good.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 10, 2019

Jennifer, We hope to have the same great food and service at all hours of service. We do apologize that your last experience was not what you would expect for Mercato. We are actually in the middle of making a new brunch menu, that I can assure will have that Wow factor. I hope that we will see you again soon and hope you give our brunch another shot.

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EJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Had 7 out of town guests in for derby! They had a fabulous time!

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T
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was solid but the service was unfortunately very lacking. We ordered a cocktail when we sat down and received them after first course and sometime during the entree. Literally waiting more than half the meal for your first drink. This was fairly consistent with the remainder of details. Would I go back? Likely just not be seated with same server.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 6, 2019

Tater, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We would like to apologize for the wait on drinks and will assure you that this issue will be addressed with out front of house staff. We look forward to having an other opportunity to serve you all again soon.

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j
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is outstanding. Been there several times but last visit service was not so good. Very slow.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 3, 2019

Judy, Thank you for coming in and leaving a review. I am very sorry the last time you were in, the service was not up to the usual Mercato standard. I would like to let you know that we will be following up with staff about your experience. We hope to see you again soon and please ask for me personally and I can assure you that you'll have an enjoyable experience. Kenneth Graham 502=690-9200

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BM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food that was outside of the "ordinary" red-sauced Italian.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on May 6, 2019

Beth, We pride ourselves on being out of the ordinary or giving our twist on traditional Italian food. Thank you for coming in and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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P
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We were seated by the front door and every time someone came and went we were blasted by cold air. We finally moved to another table. The red metal chairs are uncomfortable and not what you expect to sit on when paying more than $100.00 with tip for dinner for two. Menu selection was good, service was good.

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BB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, food and ambiance. Like being in an authentic trattoria. All diners preferred different entrees. The frite de mare and bone broth were spot on. They offer made to order gluten free pasta. Delicious!

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Responded on April 23, 2019

We appreciate the kind words, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time visiting this restaurant in this unique developing neighborhood. In the warm weather several of the doors could be lifted up to give the place an open air experience on a quaint, low traffic road. Our server, Becky, was fantastic helping us through the wine list and menu. The food was very good in portion and taste. Our biggest surprise was the pork chop stuffed with smoked mozzarella, wrapped in prosciutto then baked. We usually don't order pork chops out but glad we did this night.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you for the review!

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WD
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was not crowded. We asked for bread twice, and were told by our waitress that she would get it when she could. It arrived right before our dinners -2 pieces for four people. The food was good, but smallish portions for hefty prices.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on April 19, 2019

WDE35, Thank you for the feedback. We will be following up with our staff about your experience. I also apologize that you felt the portions were small for the price. Please feel free to ask for a manager or even call us so we can make sure you are getting what you expect for the price.

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JM
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Had 2 brunch meals. One was hot, one was warm. Overall, the cost exceeds the value.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on April 19, 2019

HI Jim, I would love to get more information on your last visit. If you could give me a call @ 502-690-3200. Please ask for the General Manager, Kenny Graham. We really want to make sure we have all the information, so we can make sure it doesn't happen to someone else. We want everyone to have a great experience at Mercato and only delivering on 50% is not expectable for standards.

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TB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The prices were very reasonable in my opinion.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you Tim, can not wait to see you all again soon!

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JF
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. We went for the top ten Tuesday specials they are having, and got the spaghetti and meatballs for $4 less. Also, their rewards program is pretty nice!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on April 11, 2019

Justin F, Thank you for stopping by for our top ten Tuesday! Come by next week, when we are offering the lasagna for $14!

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OT
Louisville
52 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good meal.

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DK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is delicious. Well prepared and presentation is good

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Diane, Thank you for the feedback, I will share this information with our staff.

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SG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was good but service was poor - there was no milk in the restaurant or apple juice so our child had to drink water. With no milk, there was no cappuccinos either which was disappointing for dessert.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Scott, I want to first say thank you for the feedback and second would to apologize for the experience. I would also like to talk with you more about your experience. Please give me a call at the restaurant and ask for Kenneth Graham the General Manager.

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JB
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Our server (Debbie) was great and the food was very tasty. We will be back.

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