Mercato Italiano

4.6
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162 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(502) 690-3200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Bowling
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Norton Commons Blvd
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Parking details
Park on the street or in the parking lot behind the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.3
ambience
4.3
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JL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice although they said they no longer use OpenTable to reserve tables so luckily we were able to be seated without a real reservation

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic as always!!!!

CH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, I took a work group from out of town. We had been one time before. They loved it as much the second time as they did the first!

DS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free pasta was excellent. Able to accommodate my diet issue!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 20, 2019

Debbie, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the gluten free pasta!!

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HG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening and meal at Marcato Italiano. What a great neighborhood! Our waitress was friendly and helpful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Highly recommend!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 17, 2019

HappyGirl12, We are so happy you enjoyed your last visit to Mercato! Also thank you for the recommendation!

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d
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and cozy and delicious. Will be going there more often.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 17, 2019

We look forward to it!

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D
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The service was quick and friendly. One concern was their wine bottles were quite expensive. The neighborhood is a great area that is still developing.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 17, 2019

Doug, Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to write a review. While we do carry high end wines, we do also offer carafes of Stemmari that would be an alternative. We hope to see you again soon!

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C
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 16, 2019

Curt, Thank you, we love ya back!

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice waitress

A
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Ambiance is always something we like about Mercato; our server was kind and attentive, and the food and wine were delicious. Looking forward to regular visits, especially for their Monday dinner + wine deal!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 12, 2019

Andrea, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We also look forward to your regular visits!!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Bathrooms are so scented we both got a migraine. Candles and plug ins do not cover smells. They only make the space toxic. Every time someone would open the door to bathrooms the whole bar area became toxic. Plus, no air in which to breath without choking. Sad because the food is actually good now. Bathrooms make it a unsafe space in which to dine.

T
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular. Waitress was attentive and on point. We will be back!

CT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always solid food, service and experience. Highly recommend Mercato Italiano if you’re looking to try a new Italian food restaurant.

CM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner with a very accommodating wait staff.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you ChristopherM! We hope to see you again soon!

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. It was a little pricey for the serving size, but tasted out-of-this-world!! The service was excellent. Music was good and at a decent level.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on September 3, 2019

RonalhH, We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and hope to get the opportunity to serve you all again soon!

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Savannah
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Lasagna was fantastic as was the wine we selected. Wednesday night is 1/2 price night and we really enjoyed the evening.

D
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent. Waitress was knowledgeable, and very friendly. The only negative was the flies were overwhelming.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 27, 2019

Dressup, Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to write a review. We believe the unseasonable dry weather has really caused the fly issue in the area. We do have citronella candles on order to help keep them at bay. We are sorry they took away from such a good night!

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WT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined at Mercato Italiano several times before (and pop-in more often for desserts). We enjoy their fresh dishes and the excellent service that everytime.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 27, 2019

WillieT, You can pop in anytime. Thank you for writing the review!!!

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FD
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our first visit and what a treat! The space is not the most attractive, but it is comfortable. The food is amazing. Our server was great. Porkchop was fabulous as was the octopus ink pasta. Will definitely go back.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 27, 2019

FineDiner, We appreciate the kind words and will share them with out staff. We look forward for the opportunity to serve you all again soon!

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RP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server said He was new, but did an excellent job!!
Kudos to Him!!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 27, 2019

RalphP, Thank you! We'll let him know!

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D
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love going to Norton’s Commons and enjoying one of the fabulous restaurants in that area. Always a great time. Food is really good at this restaurant and the service was excellent

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 22, 2019

Debbie, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! I will pass along the positive words to our staff. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Mercato for my birthday dinner! The chef, Pete Pagano, was told it was my birthday and fixed our table a fantastic zabaglione with fresh berries for dessert. He stopped by to check out how we enjoyed our fabulous dinner. Service and ambiance was top notch ! The focaccia bread was out of this world, cocktails were superb! We WILL be back soon! Amore!

KN
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the staff was excellent. The food delicious. We brought our two granddaughters and the staff was so attentive to them and us. The brunch cocktails were made by an exceptional bar tender and the spicy blood Mary’s paired well with our frittatas. As always pleasant atmosphere, noise level was minimal where you could have a conversation with your family and feel you could be heard and not have to raise your voice. Very relaxed atmosphere.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 12, 2019

KarenN, Thank you for coming in and writing the review. Mercato strives to be an upscale casual place that is welcoming to everyone, and being family friendly. We are so glad you all had such a nice time. We look forward to serving your family again soon!

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L
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercato is a fantastic locally owned place to dine. The cooks are on point with pasta, wait staff is terrific, bartenders are fun and creative and we love the location. Mercato is amazing!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 12, 2019

LIII, Thank you for the review and the kind words! I will pass along the positive review to our Bartenders and kitchen staff. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food all of the time. I think today might have been slightly off as my ravioli was a bit saltier than I'd like. Otherwise consistently great!

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely menu. A nice mix of northern/southern Italy with subtle creative touches throughout. Wonderful dessert menu. Nice wine list. Best cup of coffee ever. Attentive staff. We can’t wait to go back.

H
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was an overall good experience. The food was delicious, although a little pricey. The service lacked energy. The server didn’t appear that she wanted to be there. We asked for butter for our bread. It never came. The mussels were very tasty, especially the broth in which they were cooked. We asked for more bread to sop up the broth and were not told we’d be charged. We were. Really! The three of us spent $150.00. One would think that threes pieces of bread would be on the house.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 8, 2019

Henry, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your last experience at Mercato. I have followed up with the server on your table that night, and I can assure you, that type of service is not norm here at Mercato. We do charge $1.00 for the extra bread and the server should have told you that, before she rang that in. We could have offered you the free bread that we offer with each entree as a alternative to the bread we charge for. We hope to see you all again soon!

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DA
Louisville
41 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Casual dinner with friends was well enjoy. Our waitress, Heather did a great job.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 4, 2019

DAG52, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I will pass along the compliment to Heather, and hope to see you all again soon.

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FD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service was excellent!! Our server Kate did a great job, we would highly recommend Mercato.

DC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable evening overall. Unfortunately the Lasagna was dry, and the table behind us was very loud. Still, we'll be back.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 4, 2019

Dan, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We do apologize for the Lasagna. Please, never hesitate to let the server or even the manager know that you are not happy with your meal. We hope that everyone that walks into our doors leaves happy. I would like to talk to you more about your experience, please give me a call. My name is Kenny Graham and I am the General manager 502-690-3200

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BC
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Prosciutto wrapped arugula salad is creative, quite large and delicious. Polenta is creamy and bursting with flavor...the best I've ever had. Service is good, atmosphere reminds me of true Italian bistro

BB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always so delicious! My favorite things are the cheese board, the meatball appetizer, the pork chop and the polenta. We had the trio of cannolis and they were full-sized cannolis and were SO delicious.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 4, 2019

BillB, We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Mercato. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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CG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

the food was good, but the service was lacking. two of us were served and 7 minutes later the other two were served. management did apologize for it however. like the contemporary feel and decor.

AF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious. But it was pricey. Our bill was over $120 for two and that included one glass of wine each. The wine was very nice!

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Riley, is fantastic!

M
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun opportunity to host my 93-year-old mother for her first dinner out in Louisville. Peter, the owner / chef, made us feel so welcome and special, as he always does. The food and the ambience is fantastic, and the service and personal touch puts it over the top. This place is an absolute jewel, and by the size of the crowd obviously that word has gotten out. If you haven’t tried Mercato, I’d suggest you make it a top dining priority.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on August 8, 2019

Mike, Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We also appreciate the kind words. Look forward to seeing you and the family again soon!!

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AK
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed dinner on Monday at the Mercato with n Norton Commons! Service was excellent! Food was very good! We will be back!

Mercato Italiano
Responded on July 11, 2019

AnnK, We are so happy you enjoyed your time on Monday! Also our 4 favorite words are "we will be back"! We look forward to serving you all again!

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L
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The short rib ravioli was exceptional! I have a new favorite restaurant now in the Louisville area.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on July 11, 2019

Lanaluce76, Thank you for taking the time to write the review! We are so happy Mercato is new favorite restaurant! Can not wait to see you all again soon!

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F
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food,service and atmosphere. Our servers recommendations were spot on. We will be back.

Mercato Italiano
Responded on July 8, 2019

Food4thought, Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was tasty, service a little slow, but we were dining w impatient kids 🤪