My voice is starting to strain from singing the praises of Matthew Porco! This 2010 Chef of the Year is ensuring that Mezzo, the newly opened second floor eatery of Sienna Mercato, is sending delectable food to your table without the usual new-opening indigestion. And he’s not just leading his culinary team behind those swinging kitchen doors either. He’s the bearded fellow who has been manning the wood-fired pizza/prep station since opening day. If you’re lucky enough to sit at the bar, you can watch him perform the dance of the pizzas while he rotates gourmet pies among the flames, as this seating area has no obstructed viewing.
The only thing more appealing than how Mezzo looks, is what you get to put in your mouth while you ogle the place. Yes, the pizza is downright superb as I alluded to earlier. Chef Porco has taken the idea of gourmet pizzas to an even higher level. We have had the pleasure of trying a few pies. The Picante Salami and Peppers had a hearty, robust tomato sauce that was kicked up a notch with the addition of chili flakes and banana peppers. The one that I will be comparing all other pies to from now until further notice, however, is the Pistachio and Porchetta. I literally just stopped writing because I was trying to relive the consumption of that pie in my mind. In place of tomato sauce, a foundation of pistachio pesto was generously applied and then blanketed with tender slices of porchetta (pork roast) dusted with fennel pollen. This would be a party in your mouth as it is, but then they top the piping hot mozzarella with fresh arugula dressed in a citrus-based vinaigrette. There are no words left to say…just go get one. Okay, enough pizza chitchat…on to other eats.
|Enjoying the pizza show.|
|Pistachio and Porchetta Pizza|
|Greens and Beans|
|Half of the Little Gems salad|
|Pork "Cut of the Day"|
I give the Mezzo: 5/5 forks
942 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tips: Mezzo (like all of Sienna Mercato’s eateries) does not accept reservations. Use the “No Wait” app to snag a spot in line. Also, you need to use the stairs, not the elevator, to get on up there.