Look for the bright yellow awning on Market Street to find Mercato, a sexy Italian restaurant with an art-deco feel and a fun jazz scene. Diners can choose to sit downstairs near whatever small jazz ensemble is playing that night, or head up the illuminated staircase to eat in the more bright and airy dining room upstairs. Chef Ben Ellsworth’s menu is divided into antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni, and dolce, with a bevy of traditional Italian options to choose from — like housemade potato gnocchi, tagliatelle bolognese, and chicken marsala. Ellsworth kicks it up a notch by creating more unique dishes like a cauliflower pancake with crab, arugula, and herbs with truffled brown butter and vin cotto, or an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad in a honey vinaigrette. For dessert, indulge in a vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso or the sorbet of the day. —Erica Jackson Curran Dish (Summer 2013)
Local ingredients and authentic preparation of antipaste, pasta, and traditional Italian dishes. Live jazz nightly.
Features: Online Reservations, Dinner, Late Night, Live Music, Best of Charleston winner, Non-Smoking
Hours: D, nightly.
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