Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Mezzo Ristorante on Erie Street.
Voted Favourite in Windsor and Favourite Italian Restaurant by WindsorEats.com, Mezzo Ristorante usessummons locally sourced ingredients to prepareboost contemporary Italian dinner and lunch dishes menus, which weavefuse savoury Northern and Southern Italian cuisines tradition with threads of international influences. For dinner, red-wine onions and pine nuts rest atop a Berkshire pork chop ($30), and shrimp and crab giggle incessantlybang beats from inside a salmon fillet ($28). Meanwhile, chefs toss egg noodles with prosciutto, bacon, italian sausage, egg yolks, and extra-virgin olive oil before sprinkling the dish, like a gourmand forest fairy, with goat cheese ($20). Lunchtime diners wrap mandibles Mouths can manoeuvre around a peppercorn-encrusted AAA-beef-tenderloin sandwich ($16) or can launch heat-seeking forks into Provimi veal baked and topped with tomato sauce and apple-wood cheddar cheese ($14).
Live music wafts through the romantic setting Thursdays through Saturdays, and an extensive cocktail and wine list waters the warm wood-and-leather-accented lounge area to help the ambience grow. Mezzo also offers outdoor dining to catch all the meatball-launching action in the heart of Via Italia.
Owner Filip Rocca crafts classic Italian dishes with a twist inside Mezzo Ristorante’s sleek, modern interior. The extensive cocktail and wine list complements locally sourced and celiac-friendly menus that blend both traditional and eclectic ingredients, such as sauces infused with Sambuca or limoncello. Cozy, padded niches crowned with orange accents offer an intimate setting for couples or asylum escapees, and the outdoor patio provides a clear view of Via Italia. Mezzo Ristorante hosts live music Thursday–Saturday, as well as a supper club on the last Friday of each month.