The opening of Dena Marino’s new Italian-style gourmet marketplace, Mercato, brings a wealth of new breakfast and lunch possibilities to the Design District. “There are a growing number of businesses and young professionals in the Design District, and we wanted to cater to their busy lifestyles by providing fast and fresh food,” says Marino of the market located adjacent to her celebrated MC Kitchen.
Those stopping in for breakfast can linger over a cup of Lavazza coffee and fresh baked pastries. Lunchtime brings Marino's twist on the Cuban sandwich (with porchetta and a ciabatta roll), a green salad with pears and pecans, and a savory rosemary ham and provolone croissant sandwich. Ingredients borrow from the line at MC Kitchen, and the venue sells an array of Marino's favorite products, including the restaurant's house olive oil. Other artisanal edibles include Brooklyn Brine Company Pickles and chocolate treats. Mercato is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.