Mercato Mio - Hilton Garden Inn State College

4.2
48 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Mercato Mio - Italian Market is an Italian inspired restaurant located inside the Hilton Garden Inn State College on East College Avenue. Our focus is to design dishes with an Italian-like simplicity so that the quality of our ingredients and the care with which they are handled defines and distinguishes us.
Come join us and raise a glass of Italian wine or one of our signature cocktails as we celebrate the kind of food Nonna (Grandma) used to make.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 48 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Meatballs dish wasn’t hot, not cooked all the way and had too much bread in them. Brussels sprouts too raw. Need to be fried longer. Pasta with pork didn’t have a red Ragu sauce. Plain clear broth so could use some more flavor. Staff nice and cocktails are great.

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Cristian
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant ambience and good service. Very clean bathrooms. Many thanks!

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JVFive
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is gem of a restaurant located in the lobby of a Hilton Garden Inn. I have dined here several times. The service could not have been more excellent at my most recent visit. I was outside on the patio and had a wonderful young man as the server. I am sorry I cannot recall his name. He was so attentive and made wonderful suggestions. I love the Nonna's meatball starter and usually have it as my meal with a Contorni selection. The brussel sprouts are delicious and they make the best polenta I have ever had. Last night we shared the artichoke flatbread as an appetizer and it too, was delicious. I highly recommend giving this restaurant a try. Wonderful cocktail selection in addition to a nicely balanced menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was very good.

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Shyam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decent Italian food in a pleasant environment. Some creative touches in the menu. Excellent service even with limited wait staff during home-game weekend.

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vipIluvfood2
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They were understaffed for waitstaff which is typical right now due to the pandemic & the need for higher wages. In normal circumstances, we would have complained, but the staff was stretched way beyond normal expectations.

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JVFive
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

The night of our dining out the restaurant had a limited menu due to an event weekend. The choices were okay, but truly limited. One diner's salmon looked excellent; nice sized portion but comes with no accompaniments. All contorni is extra. I had the Nonna's meatball appetizer with a side of brussel sprouts. The sprouts were over cooked; blackened. That was disappointing, but the meatballs were excellent. My husband loved his cocktail and there is a good wine list. So somewhat of a mixed bag for the evening. I would go back and recommend giving it a try to see what you think.

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vipArt4Marion
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful surprise at the Hilton Garden Inn, State College, PA. A truly unique Italian restaurant instead of the usual bland fare. Dinner was amazing and breakfast incredible. What a unique take on biscuits & gravy! You won’t be disappointed. A hidden gem. Portions are large/shareable.

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Babydog
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening. Decor is a bit stark but open and clean looking. Server-Miriam was great and friendly. Ate salmon and lamb shank and all got rave reviews. My only comment is that it would look nicer with some colorful garnish for lamb. Large brown shank in brown gravy on a plate-not great presentation. But delicious. Mozzarella salad made up for it.

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SandyD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was prepared to perfection! Highly recommend the Mushroom Risotto! Only complaint was the liquor selection, but that was easily overcome by the amazing food!

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vipJuliaS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I’m not sure why this restaurant gets such good reviews. Service was terrific and ambiance was very nice, but food was mediocre. The bucatini was swimming in oil with almost no flavor. The lamb shank, while decent, was served solo - no veggie or starch. Onion soup was bland. Half our party thought the food was ok, the other half was left wanting. It’s a shame as we had high hopes for this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Wait staff and chef were so nice ❤️

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PaulK
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent. We had the Nona's chicken dish and it was superb. Would definitely recommend this restaurant

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vipT123
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

too expensive for location

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vipGGGG
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really good food and service. Great job!!!

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TerenceM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was pleasant and attentive. Food reasonably priced for the quality and portion sizes. (we took a lot home!) . While attached to the Hilton Garden Inn, I would say this was beyond normal hotel fair. I would come back again.

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vipBR549
Pittsburgh
159 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice redo of previous restaurant. Ambience is well done. Service and food top notch. Music was way too loud in a sparsely occupied room.

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vipSunnySIC
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mercato Mio is a gem tucked inside the Hilton Garden Inn. Excellent meatballs and risotto. They make a great cocktail too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were attentive ; outdoor area was pleasant and comfortable and food was delicious. Manager was eager to see that staff was happy. Overall. We will return to visit and try other entrees.

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KarenW
Pittsburgh
65 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice authentic Italian food in a relaxing setting. Will return.

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Donald
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the carpaccio and the soppressata flatbread appetizers and the seafood risotto.

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EllenK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!
We will return and are happy to have to have this wonderful new choice in State College.

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vip05ally
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our waitress was lovely and attentive , the dining space was as expected . The food was a disappointment. My clams had no flavor and my daughter’s beef ragu was also bland. Olive Garden would have been better.

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vipKkLl
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early graduation dinner. We sat outside, but no one was around. The waitress was attentive and polite. Food was delicious and presented beautifully!

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Charlie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food. From appetizer to dessert, the food was incredible. We will be back.

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zachlorber
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious dinner, exceptional and friendly service. Will be back again soon.

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vipJayF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service

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vipAshleighS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Surprisingly great food! Wasn’t expecting such high quality dishes in a hotel restaurant but our meals were outstanding! I also appreciated the amount of gluten free options - some of the best selections in State College which was surprising for an Italian restaurant. We will be coming back again!

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Kathmandu
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time trying Mercato Mio. Our party ordered the lasagna and the mushroom risotto. The lasagna is prepared with a bechamel sauce. It was very good but served lukewarm. We did not send it back for reheating but I’m sure they would have been happy to do it. Just wish it was checked before it was served. Mushroom risotto was tasty with a great presentation. Server was very attentive. Overall a good experience and we will go back.

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RUTHIES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and service ! Will definitely recommend to others and be keeping this on my list of favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Not your typical hotel restaurant. Will definitely be back next time we’re in State College.

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vipAmandaM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The menu does not accurately represent the dishes. Two of the four dishes our party had were not accurately described and failed to meet our expectations.

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SunnySIC
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meatballs to die for. Meal exceeded our expectations. Excellent food, creative cocktails. Server was attentive, friendly and informed about the menu. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice hidden gem!! All of the portions are very large and have great flavor.

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Top to bottom. Don't let the fact that it's in a hotel discourage you. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice dinner. Quiet environment. Enjoyable.

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vipSallyW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Restaurant was understaffed. After arriving and being completely ignored for over 5 minutes I walked up to the bar and said we had reservations. I was told we still had six minutes until our reservations and we had to wait. The food was excellent and our server was good, it was just how we were treated on arrival. We almost turned around and walked out.

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Etwh1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server was very nice and attentive. The food was just OK.

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BillB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very good meal and will return in the future.

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Peter
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal after a long day!

FAQs

Mercato Mio - Hilton Garden Inn State College offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (814) 272-1221 ext. 4017.

Mercato Mio - Hilton Garden Inn State College is rated 4.2 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.