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Mercato Mio - State College, State College, PA

Mercato Mio - State College

3.9
3.9
129 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Mercato Mio is an Italian inspired restaurant located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, just minutes from Penn State. We strive 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. The perfect location for a night out with friends, a special celebration or even a romantic date night. Come join us Sunday through Saturday 4pm-10pm. Can't wait to see you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (814) 272-1221 ext. 4017
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Stephanie Forcey
  • Catering
    Please contact us directly for catering needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us directly for private events.
  • Neighborhood
    State College
  • Cross street
    East College Avenue
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 129 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

129 Reviews
  1. BeckiP

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice restaurant! The food, drinks and service were very good and welcoming. The meatballs were outstanding!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Looking for a last minute reservation for 4 of us. Didn’t realize it was in the Hilton garden inn. Not impressed.

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  3. Threecheeks

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Portions large. Service great. Quiet. Only had one fish option and they were out of it. Excellent cocktails. Would return

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  4. 4n6man

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner on Saturday night. The waitress was very good, but seemed like she was very busy as well. It was enjoyable for us to have her wait on us. The portions were excellent and the food was very very good. My salmon was done perfectly and I complemented the chef. Also, the bartender made excellent drinks, so good that my wife drank most of my Manhattan so we ordered another one. Will be back soon.

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  5. RussellR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little on the higher end for price but food was excellent, great service and would certainly have no qualms telling people to try it out.

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  6. MelissaM

    Poconos

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Met friends who had the Risotto and raved about it. The artichoke flatbread was great as well. Lots of good options on the menu. Will definitely be back.

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  7. PennStateFan

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here twice and the food and service have been excellent. Our party of 10 was easily accommodated. We will definitely come back!

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  8. Lisa

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wow! Awesome food. We had the gnocchi and lasagna that was to die for-so fresh. The best part was the tiramisu which is THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD:) Our waitress definitely had a “salty” attitude and I had to actually get up 2xs to ask for items (salt/pepper, grated cheese for entrees).

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  9. TomS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a table of 5 for dinner on 12-17. Waitress was very nice. Gave excellent service, kept our glasses full and made good recommendations. Food prices were reasonable. Wine was somewhat high. Best Italian food in State College. Will be back soon. Keep up the good work.

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  10. PamL

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We visited Mercato Mio from California to attend our daughter's graduation from Penn State. While the reviews were good, it was not what we expected. Did not think that it would be inside another business. The service was very good but the food was just okay, fair. Our meals were warm but not hot. I ordered the lasagna and it was something, in another time, I would have reluctantly sent back for something else. The other three at our table stated it was "Okay", but they were disappointed. The ambiance was very poor the event that was taking place, but to be honest, every other restaurant was obviously booked for this graduation. I am sorry for this review but I do want to be honest.

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  11. Padre

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was pleasant and the background music was at a good level for conversation. Our waiter was also pleasant and good at her job. The cocktails were well made and generous. The antipasto appetizer was good and plenty for sharing. However, the carpaccio was almost incidental—a light layer of meat under the arugula salad. I ordered the rigatoni with lamb and short rib ragu. It was a good sized portion but I was disappointed. It was not a ragu as much as it was a thin broth. The meat was tender and tasty, but it would have been better over garlic mashed potatoes. The others at the table has Nonna’s spaghetti, lasagna, and pork. They all enjoyed them, but we thought it was a bit over-priced. We were too full for dessert, and I was surprised when the waiter told me she could not bring coffee because bit was at a separate counter. I would go back and be more circumspect about what I ordered.

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  12. ElizabethK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you enjoy Italian food, you'll enjoy this restaurant. We had 3 different entrees and they were all delicious - along with the desert. If you haven't tried this restaurant, you are missing a fine experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quite good pasta. Excellent tiramisu! I would go back just for that.

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  14. PattyS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu is limited, but all four of us found something on it that we wanted. My husband had the salmon and said it was delicious. I had lasagna and our friends had the spagetti and meatballs and were very happy with it. We also had salads, which were fresh with good dressing on them. Our waitress was very prompt and pleasant. All-in-all it was a good experience. We'd go back, which we can't say about a fair number of restaurants in State College.

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  15. Carmines

    West Palm Beach

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both enjoyed our meals. Spouse had the mushroom risotto which was great. Can't remember what I had but it was very good. Service was excellent. Wines by the glass were a little high.

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  16. EllenH

    Philadelphia

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is in the Hilton garden inn. The service was great and attentive. Great cocktails. Gemelli with shrimp delicious the chocolate gelato was a perfect ending
    Mercato Mio - State CollegeResponded on October 28, 2023
    Ellen, Thank you for this amazing review and we hope to have you dine with us again at Mercato Mio.

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  17. PennStateFan

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice atmosphere. Food and drinks were excellent and the portions were generous. I will definitely return!

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  18. DennisG

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, very reasonable, ambience not great but not bad. Service was excellent.
    Mercato Mio - State CollegeResponded on October 28, 2023
    Dennis, Thank you for your review and we hope to have you dine with us again at Mercato Mio!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was yummy and we enjoyed out time together as a family.
    Mercato Mio - State CollegeResponded on October 28, 2023
    Thank you for your 5 star review and we hope to have you dine with us again at Mercato Mio!

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  20. JBcritic

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the pasta with specialty meatball. Very good portion. Very unique taste almost brick oven/smoky flavor.
    Mercato Mio - State CollegeResponded on October 28, 2023
    JB, We are thrilled to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us at Mercato Mio. We hope to have you join us again.

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  21. JVFive

    Pittsburgh

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    For being located in a hotel lobby, the atmosphere is very bright, cheery, and inviting. While cocktails were good, I feel they are a bit overpriced. Our appetizers were delicious - we had the bread basket and the olives. Everyone's meals were nicely presented and of good, not great, quality. Service was prompt and while our server was quite attentive, she didn't go the extra mile to add to our dining experience. I would come again, but not in any hurry.

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  22. KimA

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with smiling servers and the bar staff was terrific!

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  23. RachnaM

    Louisville

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was extremely disappointing! tasteless and unappetizing

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm and cozy for move in week. Service was great

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  25. KVIV

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was just ok. Expected some more traditional Italian fare, the choices were a bit unusual (white lasagna with slices of sausage). No bread basket which is also unexpected at an Italian place.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I made a last minute reservation during Arts Fest week and we are so glad that we did! Charles was our server and he was kind and attentive, giving excellent service. I had the delicious gemelli, which had a garlic white wine sauce and shrimp, my mother had the beautiful mushroom risotto and my husband had Nonna's spaghetti and meatballs. We all loved our meals and would order each again (a marker I always use to indicate how much I enjoy a meal). My mother ordered the tiramisu for dessert, which l'm usually indifferent about but it was delicious. I'm excited to have this Italian gem as part of our State College community!

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    For the price the good quality was terrible.

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  28. Art4Marion

    Cincinnati

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth a side trip to State College,PA! Absolutely fantastic for dinner or breakfast. I wish all HGIs had Mercato Mios!😊 Fabulous itlalian menu choices.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came for dinner after PSU graduation. Server was excellent and very helpful. Pacing was good and drinks were delicious. It was a fantastic way to celebrate a milestone and I highly recommend it even if you aren't staying at the hotel where it is located.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. IreneK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our meal, pretty good for a hotel restaurant. Food was tasty and atmosphere relaxing

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Graduación

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  32. lizzard

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A very bright atmosphere for an Italian restaurant. The food was good. Not the typical Italian fare.

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  33. KathleenB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dinner! Appetizers were amazing! 5 different entrees were exquisite! Best Italian dinner we have had in a very long time!

    1 person found this helpful

  34. BobN

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
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  35. KathyS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mercato Mio offers delicious, unique dishes, friendly staff, and creative chefs make your dining experience an absolute delight!

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  36. ScottL

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was very good. It is located in the Hilton Garden Inn, so the ambience is just ok, but parking is easy and everyone enjoyed their meal. I would check the menu as it is relatively short, but tasty.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. NettyNoodle

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Decided to try a new to us restaurant since we tend to always go to the same ones. I read reviews & figured it was worth a try. Husband & I split the chopped salad, mushroom risotto & Nonna’s chicken- one of their specialities. We also split creamed spinach for a side. And we also tried their bread basket for a starter. The bread basket, that came with tomato jam & ricotta cheese was excellent! The chopped salad was tasty, not the best I’ve had but good. The mushroom risotto was very good, loved the variety of mushrooms in it & it was very creamy. The chicken was ok, my husband liked it more than I did. We did not get a dessert since we were too full! The portions are big! We will go back & try other things on their menu & perhaps one of their specialty cocktails!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. scottd

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little gem of happy valley. We went for valentines day and it was perfect!

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  39. MaryB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were great. We were there on a weeknight and it was nice and quiet.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. LucasD

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great but the best part was the genuine friendliness of our waitress. Not intrusive but just a nice person. All three of us got boxes, the portions are generous.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

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

Mercato Mio - State College is rated 3.9 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mercato Mio - State College

1221 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-6810

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East College Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    State College
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Stephanie Forcey
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (814) 272-1221 ext. 4017
  • Catering
    Please contact us directly for catering needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us directly for private events.
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