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Mercato - CLOSED


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Italian, Pizza, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours

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Tuscan White Bean Soup
Cannellini Beans, Smoked Bacon & Wild Mushroom Truffle Butter
Moretti Mussels
Fresh Chilies, Pickled Shallots, Pancetta, Arugula, Whole Grain Mustard Aioli
Calamari Fritti
Crispy calamari, spicy tomato remoulade
Local Baby Lettuces
Cucumber, radish, tomato, carrot and red wine vinaigrette
Fresh local tomatoes, housemade mozzarella and basil pesto
Crisp romaine, garlic croutons, farm egg and white anchovies
Cauliflower Pancake
Lump Crab, Arugula, Herbs, Truffled Brown Butter and Vin Cotto
Grilled focaccia, tomatoes, Gaetta olives, garlic, balsamic
Margarita Pizza
Housemade mozzarella, basil and tomato
Pepperoni Pizza
Sicilian oregano, fontina and mozzarella
Spaghetti and Housemade Meatballs
Slowly simmered marinara and shaved parmesan
Tagliatelle Bolognese
Housemade pasta with classic meat sauce and ricotta salata
Housemade Potato Gnocchi
House Made Potato Dumplings, Braised Short Ribs, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Calabrian Creme Fraiche
Local Shrimp Linguini
Garlic, lemon, chilies and fresh herbs
Local Clammer Dave Clams, Marinated Garlic, Chilies, White Wine, Capellini Pasta
Buccatini Carbonara
Housemade pancetta, scallions, cracked pepper and egg
Rigatoni "Al Forno"
Baked House made rigatoni, pomodoro, mozzarella, garlic breadcrumbs
Housemade Lasagna
Sweet Italian sausage, ricotta, asiago, mozzarella and pomodoro
Grilled Scallops
Smoked prosciutto and scallion risotto, with wild mushroom vinaigrette
Veal Picatta
Milk fed veal with capers, lemon, white wine, and roasted autumn vegetables
Chicken Marsala
Sauteed local mushrooms, marsala wine and house made tagliatelle pasta
Pork Osso Bucco
Slow braised Berkshire pork shank, Anson Mills polenta and natural jus
Veal Parmesan
Baked with housemade mozzarella & spaghetti pomodoro
Chicken Parmesan
Baked with housemade mozzarella & spaghetti pomodoro
Fresh Local Fish of the Day
Chef's selection of seasonal ingredients
Tomato Braised Housemade Meatball Over Anson Mills Polenta
Pancetta Braised Brussel Sprouts
Local Greens Gratinata with Breadcrumbs and Grana Padano
Balsamic Roasted Beets with Citrus and Ricotta
Roasted Local Root Vegetables w/ Currants, Poppy Seed Brown Butter & Nutmeg
Kahlua and espresso soaked lady fingers, mascarpone, chocolate
Bourbon Chocolate Torta
Dense wedge of chocolate torte served with house made orange gelato, sea salt and tangerine agrumato
Lemon Scented E.V.O. Pound Cake
California​ arbequina olive oil cake with house made vanilla gelato and local blueberry compote
Affogato al Cafe
Small scoop of house made vanilla gelato with a shot of hot espresso
Housemade Italian  sorbet selection
Artisanal Cheese Plate
Three artisan cheeses hand selected and accompanied with traditional garnishments
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1 - 10 of 571 reviews
Reviewed February 8, 2015

We just happened on this place New Year's day and enjoyed it. They had a super nice selection of Champagnes and they were very friendly. The decor is great with a comfortable slightly-trendy look. Food was awesome!

Date of visit: July 2014
Thank PartsUnknown4Evr
Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is NOT Mercato! They have changed their name and venue. It is now a French restaurant. We have been there 3 times and plan on returning. We are local and enjoy this place.

Date of visit: October 2014
Thank TravelnDr
Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great taco place for lunch. Order at least two or you will be sorry. Great drinks and Chips and salsa

Date of visit: November 2014
Thank Hemicuda426
Reviewed July 24, 2014

We booked the restaurant the evening we arrived in Charleston. There were ten in our family group...teens to grandparents. The menu was diverse and interesting with a southern flare. Food, service and ambiance was great. All members of the family enjoyed the evening and we...More

Date of visit: July 2014
1  Thank JackM837
Reviewed May 22, 2014

Mercato has officially closed and has been transformed into the french cafe, Brasserie Gigi. Check it out! Has a very cool bar with appetizers and cocktails, excellent wine list, great food, excellent service! A nice addition to Market Street!

Date of visit: June 2013
2  Thank CommanderDemanda
Reviewed April 3, 2014

I just discovered via Charleston's newspaper "Post & Courier" that Mercato had closed it doors in January 2014. However, they just reviewed the new French bistro that opened in it's place called Brasserie Gigi. It opened on April 1, 2014 to very good reviews, and...More

Date of visit: September 2013
1  Thank Karen R
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Highly recommended by a coworker and was disappointed it had closed but when I tried the website it come up with a completely different restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2014
1  Thank Ghmagnus
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had great service and a fun dinner at Mercato. I wasn't sure about having Italian food in Charleston, but the food was really well prepared. They also had a superb wine list. We split some appetizers, including a pizza and some calamari and then...More

Date of visit: December 2013
Thank Lauren E
Reviewed January 28, 2014

We had reservations during Restaurant Week, and the restaurant closed indefinately, January 5th 2014?

Date of visit: January 2014
3  Thank Rick C
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Stopped in on a busy Sunday night and were pleasantly surprised to get a nice table for two. Overall service was prompt, courteous and efficient. The atmosphere with music and lighting made for easy dinner conversation. Food was good but pricey. The only negative observation...More

Date of visit: December 2013
Thank PeterW71
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