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Feb 23 - Mercato Italiano reopens in Norton Commons with a new fast casual format

A Norton Commons restaurant transitioned from a sit-down eatery to a grab-and-go marketplace in early February. According the restaurant's owner, the change was prompted by staffing issues and other challenges facing the hospitality industry.


When it closed in December 2021, Mercato Italiano was a full-service restaurant that could seat up to 105 people. But when Mercato reopened on Feb. 8, the majority of those seats were replaced by coolers full of prepared meals, fresh pasta, homemade sauces, Italian desserts, and a salad bar.


Mercato owner Peter Pagano told Louisville Business First... 

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Feb 21 - Italian restaurant in Norton Commons launches new 'grab-n-go' concept


PROSPECT, Ky. — An Italian restaurant in Norton Commons is ditching sit-down dinners and embracing a grab-and-go concept. Mercato, formerly known as Mercato Italiano, is on Meeting Street in Norton Commons.The business closed in mid-December of 2021 to launch the new Italian market concept. The booths and majority of seating were removed and the space was restructured to fit a made-to-order salad bar and cases of prepared food.

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Now Open!

Feb 8 - We are proud to announce the opening of our brand new concept, Mercato.  Reopening Tuesday February 8th at 11am!! We will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-7 pm. Can't wait to see those familiar faces and new ones. 

Mercato is your neighborhood Italian market offering prepared foods and fresh made salads to order.  Whether its lunch, dinner or an easy family meal we have you covered! We will be featuring our signature meatballs daily, fresh made pasta and our signature sauces. In addition, we will offer a rotating daily special of prepared foods made fresh. Our market has been carefully curated to feature items that complement our offerings and are great for gifts as well. We are taking our extensive restaurant experience and delivering a delicious product you can cook at home and call your own.