With all of the deal sites out there nowadays, I sometimes find myself skipping over quite a few of the options. I always peruse Groupon and Living Social in the mornings to see if anything is worthwhile; I’m always excited to see our favorite local eateries pop up, but sometimes I am wary of places we’ve never tried before. We are guilty of buying a deal or two in the past that ended up expiring…
However, when we saw a Living Social deal pop up for Mezze on Main in Dunedin, we were locked in! We’d been hearing great reviews about the restaurant, and the Living Social deal was the perfect opportunity to experience for ourselves. Boy am I glad we did!
Mezze on Main is located on Main Street in Dunedin; the restaurant itself is decorated very nicely in a Mediterranean style…with open air seating on their patio, and live music on some evenings. They offer a Happy Hour on weeknights with $2 off of their wine/drinks. Their wine menu is robust, and most of the options can be ordered in 3, 6, and 9 ounce pours (or an entire bottle, if you feel so inclined).
But let’s get to the food, shall we? From start to finish, everything was wonderful. Once seated, our table was presented with a hot loaf of focaccia bread with olive oil, olives, and feta cheese.
The focaccia was thin and crispy, with a light drizzle of olive oil and rosemary on top. I probably could have been happy to simply sit at our table eating the bread with a glass of wine or two…it was that wonderful! Sometimes I try not to splurge too much on bread at restaurants because it fills me up before my main course, but the focaccia at Cafe DePaz was definitely worth every bite.
Next, our table split the Tomatino – one of their small cold plates.
Not only was the presentation fun, but the flavors were delicious. The Tomatino includes creamy burrata cheese, a mint basil pesto, and roasted tomatoes. Everyone at the table enjoyed the dish, but we did find that it was impossible to eat all of the burrata without additional bread for spreading. So, if you order this dish, I suggest you save some of the focaccia (or order a second loaf; there’s a small charge, but not much)…it’ll do the trick!
Next up: the a’La Casa salad, featuring rainbow mix, roasted peppers with eggplant, chives, tomato, avocado, fontina, a hard boiled egg, and green goddess dressing.
Mezze on Main’s green goddess dressing is incredibly herbacious, but not overpoweringly so (we asked for our salad lightly dressed). It was a refreshing twist on a regular garden-style house salad; I liked the change!
On to the main courses! Mezze on Main was offering a long list of tempting specials that evening, and two of us were drawn in to ordering one of them. It featured a tri-color bowtie pasta, a light olive oil toss, roasted vegetables, and a portobello mushroom stuffed with crab meat, spinach, and artichoke hearts. It was colorful AND flavorful:
The other half of our table ordered Mezze on Main’s brick oven pizzas. I personally could not resist after tasting their focaccia bread! One pizza at the table was the Carne, containing buffalo mozzarella, spicy salami, ricotta, chilies, and basil.
The contrast of the spicy salami against the mild ricotta cheese was so delicious! The salami was crispy, which was a nice textural touch.
The other pizza we sampled was the Parmalita: with one addition. The pizza is listed under the bianco section of the pizza menu, so it normally does not come with any sauce. However, I wanted a bit of tangy zip to my pizza, so I asked to have it added. In the end, the pizza came with crispy prosciutto, arugula, buffalo mozzarela, and a touch of tomato sauce.
Oh my word, was it wonderful! I’ve become a huge fan of arugula-topped pizzas lately, and the peppery arugula really goes well with the sweet/savory flavor of the prosciutto.
After our meals were complete (and we boxed up half of a pizza to take home), we could not even dream about dessert…even though I wanted to. Next time I’ll be saving some room in my stomach!
If you’re in the Dunedin area, I would definitely recommend making a stop at Mezze on Main for a bite to eat. The staff was friendly, the prices were reasonable (ex – the pizzas range from $10-13 and are definitely large enough to split between 2-3 people), and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back in the future: I’m so glad to add another local dining spot to our list of “regulars!”
Have you discovered a “new to you” local eatery lately?