A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Mezzodi's.
Mezzodi's Italian eats transport continental American mouths to continental European plates with pastas, pizzas, and peninsular classics. Hand-breaded fried green-pepper rings ($5.99) dunk impatient appetites in an above-plate appetizer pool of marinara sauce. Mezzodi's Italic prowess shines in the specialty thin-crust pies, including The Joe, with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, basil, and mozzarella cheese ($11.99 lunch, $13.99 dinner). Meatball lasagna ($8.99 lunch, $14.99 dinner) crams two classics into one dish with layers of sliced meatball, spinach, and ricotta cheese sporting marinara sauce. Filet mignon ($23.99) sates meaty cravings with bacon-wrapped steak juiciness, garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed vegetables, and it fulfills surf 'n' turf longings when paired with a side of shrimp scampi ($4).
Mezzodi's décor enhances dining with subtle lighting, stained glass, and contemporary wooden accents. Adults can enjoy a potent potable from the full bar while future adults stare forlornly at their sippy cups. The large wine list ($6–$9/glass) offers helpful tips by matching dishes to flavors and varietals to tie color.
Greater South Side
4519 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, Iowa 50321