Mercato Pizzeria + Bar held its grand opening on Jan.16, in Southside Village. Mercato is the latest business venture by Alessandro Settimi, the original owner of Matto Matto Italian Cafe’ and Wine Bar in the Burns Court downtown Sarasota. Alessandro is excited to bring his newest concept of both a traditional interpretation of classic Italian dishes, like thin crust pizza and fresh pasta, and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of Italian food.
Restaurant has a long bar and two connecting dining rooms. Mercato’s interior reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area and Alessandro’s origins from Rome, Italy. The multi-purpose restaurant offers the choice of a casual dinner with friends and family, enjoying a drink at the bar or hosting a private event in the luxurious private room.
Fridays and Saturdays after dark the restaurant transforms into a nightclub with DJs.
“I have frequented this new Italian restaurant on Hillview at least 4 times since they opened their doors and enjoy it every single time. Their Panelle Fries are the bomb and their pastas (especially the Ravioli)….All home made daily! .. The atmosphere is chill but upscale and the staff one of the friendliest in Sarasota.” – Melissa H.
“Knowledgable wait staff and a great variety of food to choose from! The new remodel inside looks stunning and the new bar is INCREDIBLE! The pizzas are delicious, so good I haven’t even made it to the pasta yet, I will be back soon. Love it.” – Adam Seidel
“Haven’t had such good Italian food since our trip to Italy. Everything is homemade- the pasta, the bread, the pizza dough. What a great spot!” – Bridget Pasternak
1936 Hillview Street
Sarasota, FL 34239