They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but the road hasn’t been kept up and it’s easy to get turned around in the small intestine. Stick with the organ that we all know best with today’s Groupon: $20 for $40 of traditional Italian cuisine and drinks at Café Mezzanotte on North Orange Street in Wilmington.
Since firing up Café Mezzanotte’s ovens in 2003, chef and owner Sergio Pellegrino has reminded diners of every nation, race, and creed how much they miss the cooking of their Italian great-grandmothers. Specializing in classically prepared Italian cuisine, Chef Pellegrino begins dinner with fresh soups and salads ($6–$12) alongside mozzarella caprese ($11), beef carpaccio with arugula in truffle oil ($12), and other scrumptious starters. Then the lights go down and the entrees roll in, a veritable Miss Mediterranean of proteins from the land, sea, and air, featuring stuffed chicken in a balsamic reduction ($22), tender and flavorful veal saltimbocca ($26), and an ocean-emptying sea bass cioppino ($29).
At lunch time, Café Mezzanotte slings out gourmet pizzas ($9–$12) varyingly bedecked with prosciutto, seafood, smoked mozzarella, and more alongside melty grilled paninis ($9–$14), pasta of all shapes and sauces ($9–$14), and a selection of day-sized dinner entrees. Partner lonely meals with a selection from Café Mezzanotte’s extensive wine list, or enlist a nearby mixologist’s encyclopedic repertoire to match them with a classic cocktail or a creative house concoction like the Tiramisu Martini. Seated at a spotless white tablecloth on a rich red carpet, patrons dine among the silky curtains and polished wood accents the elegant dining room. When green shoots begin poking through the soil, Café Mezzanotte unveils its outdoor patio, allowing patrons to shore up tans as they while away a lazy afternoon.
1007 Orange St.
Wilmington, Delaware 19801Get Directions