On Saturday evening I got a chance to dine at ''Mercato'', a little authentic Italian restaurant serving simple, fresh food in a warm comfortable atmosphere. Dinner brings a new menu each night based on what chef Francesco finds fresh that day in the market and on the farm. I absolutely fell in love with it, and it was a true experience. The food was absolutely stunning, everything was fresh and local. Their pasta is a must, because they make it themselves, and most importantly it is cooked right, which especially applies to the ravioli that are usually tougher on the sides where they overlap.
If you ever find yourself in the Hudson valley area, this is a place to eat and truly enjoy. Dessert was of course my favorite part and it was actually the first time that I had affogato which literally in Italian means ''drowned'', and it's an act of topping a drink or dessert with espresso. In my case, it was a vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso and 2 biscotti on the side. All of the menu titles were written in Italian except the descriptions, and the desserts were just if I had created them :)
I would have never thought Hudson Valley had a place like this.
61 E. Market St.
Red Hook, NY
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