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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Center City’s Restaurant Week is underway and there’s a variety of cuisines to sample at a reduced price. Eyewitness News stopped by Mercato’s on 12th and Spruce Streets to try three dishes they’ll be offering.
Head Chef Anthony DiSabato hand-picked this week’s selection at this cozy, intimate BYOB in the heart of Center City.
“It’s a fun, fast paced [environment]. Bring a good bottle of wine and you’ll have a good time,” said DiSabato.
Featured this week is the stripe bass over risotto, bucatini and clams, and house made meatballs, fontina stuffed in a homemade marinara sauce.
“It’s more or less comfort food,” said DiSabato. “This is what I like to eat when I go out I like to keep it simple. I like to keep it good. Best bang for your buck. You can’t go wrong with [the] portions are nice, three courses for $35. All homemade. It’s like going to your grandmother’s house and having a great dinner.”
“The smell attracts them first. In the summer the windows are open, it’s intimate, it’s fun and it’s family friendly,” said Manager Dan Ruth.
A setting fit for chatter ceases immediately when the courses come.
“It’s a lot of quiet when the food comes out because everyone is just sorta digging right in,” said Ruth.