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Il Mercato Opens in Hallandale Beach

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Whine not, wine lovers... Il Mercato Café & Wine Shop is here. 

The 3-week-old establishment is the brainchild of restaurant vets Mike and Emily Lynch. (He: certified sommelier formerly of such local spots as Bar Rosso and Govind Armstrong's now-deceased Table 8. She: chef from a 

family of restaurateurs who's cooked all over Europe and was once exec

sous at Table 8.) 

The café and retail shop features some 60

wines from throughout the world, says manager and fellow sommelier Uri

Serrano, with a focus on boutique wines from Old World (read: European)

producers. And as a welcome antidote to the extortionate wine markups

South Florida restaurants typically inflict on their customers, wines at

Il Mercato are priced the same both at retail and in the dining room. 

Speaking

of the dining room, it's open for weekday lunches, Sunday brunch, and

daily dinner. The kitchen's motto is "eat global, dine local," which

translates in your mouth as everything from a brunch version of the

classic salad Lyonnaise and Italian "porchetta-style" pork sandwich to

lunchtime offerings like burger with American cheese and chickpea salad

with red peppers, arugula, and curried yogurt dressing to dinner dishes

like smoky jerked chicken with corn flan and a half-chicken with

spaetzle and Riesling jus. 

As for the place itself, it's got a

cozy Euro-bistro feel. Sixty seats, indoors and out, terra cotta tile

floor, brick archways, earthtone colors, small bar. Sounds cool. Check

it out. No whining.

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