This NW Las Vegas place had gotten a nice write-up in the newspaper, and since its close to our house and good, non-chain food is hard to find in our neck of the burbs, I decided to put it to the ultimate test. My dad and my (Italian) stepmother were in town, so we decided to check it out. The result: Four Thumbs Up.
The chef/owner used to own a place called Marc's for many years (I vaguely remember driving past it on my way to work). He sold it and decided to open Mezzo. I guess its been open four or five months.
Its in a strip mall, but what place in Vegas isn't? And when I heard the neighborhood (its on Rancho a block South of Craig) I must admit I was sceptical. But our dinner was excellent, and the price is right.
Stepmom was pleased to see a reasonably priced and fairly extensive wine list. We had a pinot noir and a Sangeovese, both from Sonoma vineyards, both around 30 dollars a bottle (I wish I could remember which vineyards....I'm typing this after drinking the wine and blanking..but MK thought they were reasonably priced, and so they must be...).
Two of us started with the beet salad; it was delicious. The beets were very fresh: large slices of red beets, with some greens on the side, and a wonderful reduced balsamic dressing. There was just a touch of goat cheese and some walnuts. DH kept stealing bites from my plate, and he doesn't even like beets! He also had a regular dinner salad, which he liked (fresh blueberries were an interesting addition), and the pasta fagioli soup. It was very good.
For mains we all had various pasta dishes. I had the papardelle (sp?) with wild boar ragu. All of the pasta was freshly made. Sauce was very good. DH had the fettucini alfredo, MK the eggplant parmesan. My dad had the seafood pasta...with loads of fresh clams and mussels. He raved about it, and especially about the bivalves.
DH and I split a creme brulee for desert; they carmelize it at the table. MK had the tirimasu....plenty of espresso. My dad had a canoli..delicious. At 2.50 each the house-made canoli have to be the bargain of the year.
Service was friendly and accommodating. The room had a very nice feel; homey and comfortable. There were lots of families...the place was crowded yet not too loud. We all agreed that we would definitely be back....It would be a great place for a Sunday lunch. Simple, family-style Italian food, but well-made. Everything was very fresh. I say check it out. MK and my dad felt that it would be worth a drive (and it would be a drive!) even for those not in the neighborhood.
Dinner for four with two bottles of wine, four apps, mains and three deserts was just over 200 dollars. Very reasonable for the quality!