Mezza Luna at The Villages offers elegant Italian cuisine

Mezza Luna at The Villages offers elegant Italian cuisine
THE VILLAGES – Food quality is imperative in the restaurant business, but the new management at Mezza Luna in The Villages has a philosophy that accuracy, friendliness and taste work hand in hand to create an elegant dining experience.

“Here we make sure that everything is in order and that the customer has a great experience,” said Milena Danoff. “An orderly kitchen is important, but the front of the house servers really provide the full experience, along with the food.”

Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and includes a full menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, brick oven flatbreads and their classic Italian and signature pasta dishes. Some of the most popular include the chicken parmigiana, meat lasagna, penne Bolognese, linguini pescatore and cheese ravioli. Lunch entrees average $8.95 to $9.95.

Dinner begins at 3 p.m. and offers the complete dining experience.

Appetizers include a mozzarella caprese deluxe, crab cake bites, fried or Cajun calamari, coconut shrimp, mussels Luna in a white wine garlic sauce and the antipasto Napolitano.

Brick oven flatbreads come topped with buffalo chicken, chicken carbonara, melanzane (eggplant), Brooklyn meat special or veggie lovers, and sandwiches. These average $10 per entrée.

“Every time we are in the area, we always make sure to stop here,” Bob and Peg Duszak said. “The veal parm is very good and also the Stromboli.”

Dinner includes all the classic Italian and signature pasta dishes with a special selection of their signature entrees, served with soup or salad. These include walnut baked salmon, Mezza Luna stuffing chicken, veal and shrimp rosa, grouper livornese, salmon piccata and mahi mahi casalingo. Signature entrees average $19.

A specialty 10-ounce sirloin cacciatore is available with grilled mushrooms, peppers and onions in a light plum marinara sauce served with soup or salad and a choice of mixed vegetables or garlic mashed potatoes for $20.95.

Mezza Luna has also become popular for its New York thin crust pizzas. The small cheese pizza starts at $10.95 and the large at $12.95, with $1 to $3.50 for additional toppings.

Specialty pizzas start at $12.95 and include buffalo chicken, margherita al prosciutto, Brooklyn meat special and their award-winning salad pizza featuring tender baby leaves mixed with red onions, carrots, tomatoes, capers, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted peppers served over brick oven crispy crust with a balsamic reduction.

Italian Stromboli, calzones and pizza rolls are also available, along with homemade cannolis, tiramisu and fresh limocello for dessert.

“Their calzones are the best,” Gail Hammond said. “I’ve had their Italian sandwiches and other entrees and I’ve never found anything I didn’t like. And our server, Daniel, is awesome. Ask for him.”

Mezza Luna, 243 Colony Blvd. in Fruitland Park, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information, visit www.mezzalunagrill.com, their Facebook page Mezza Luna at The Villages or call 352-753-3824.

 

By Cindy Dian / Correspondent

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