I’ve been in New Jersey for a few months now, and I’ve had my share of Italian. One of my favorite things about the restaurants here is the BYOB. I found myself telling some people last night:
“Mercato is one of the best meals I have had in my life. “
So of course, I recently had to circle back a SECOND time to revisit during restaurant week. Even though my restaurant wish-list is long, I am sure Mercato will be a staple in my future.
First course: Bruschetta trio. My favorite was the butternut squash.
We also noshed on this meatball which was amazing.
Wild Mushroom risotto – loaded with Porcini mushrooms and drizzled with truffle oil.
Gnocci with Short Rib Ragu. I totally wanted this. My friend ordered it so I nabbed a bite. I had this dish the first time I came and would probably get it every time if I could.