Mezzanote’s Scallop Portofino: seared sea scallops with smoked bacon, roasted apples and baby spinach over penne pasta finished with delicate Romano cream sauce. (Tom McCarthy Jr. | CR Staff)
Café Mezzanotte pleases
January 04, 2014
By Father Leo Patalinghug
Still in the octave of Christmas and the beginning of a
new year, when “midnight” has almost sacred meaning, this month’s Culinary
Confession features an appropriately named restaurant: Cafe Mezzanotte (Italian
Priests and parishioners of nearby St. John in Severna Park
consider this a definite go-to place for Italian-inspired cuisine.
Ambiance: The restaurant has easy access, with open
parking leading to a multi-level dining area, enclosed bar or private dining
for intimate receptions. The interior is well-appointed and classy; guests
sense a special meal is served here. 3.5 out of 5 halos
Service: Though the reception area is a bit tight,
it was friendly. The formally-dressed and knowledgeable wait staff are helpful,
efficient and joyful. 4 out of 5 halos
Menu: The menu is approachable and well described.
Slightly higher prices reflect fresh ingredients and meals that are nicely
plated, with generous portions. Traditional Italian dishes with special
Maryland influences give diners unique options. There are also multiple menu
options. 4.5 out of 5 halos
Beverage selections: Wines by the glass or bottle,
including sparkling wines, are primarily from Italy or California. Mixed drinks
and cocktails are moderately priced. 3.5 out of 5 halos
Food: Each plate is cuisine oriented. Thoughtful
but unpretentious plating gives diners pause to appreciate beautiful food
before eating it. Seafood specials don’t last long – a good sign of freshness.
The cuisine is well-seasoned, appropriately cooked and finished with purposeful
garnish, such as oil, cracked pepper or fresh grated cheese – respecting food
quality and integrity of flavors. 4 out of 5 halos
Each year, midnight on New Year’s means a change – a new
day – a chance to be better for God and one another. Don’t wait another year to
make this change. Every time the clock strikes “mezzanotte,” resolve to be
better for your body, mind, and soul. Mezzanotte’s food is a good place to
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