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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting.||Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.|
Close your eyes: you could be in Italy at this cozy, convivial osteria, magnet for Bard faculty, students, weekenders, locavore foodies and Italianophiles. Chef Francesco Buitoni, a seventh generation member of the Italian pasta-manufacturing family, and his wife, Michele Platt, keeps things casual and inexpensive at Mercato, in keeping with the spirit of a traditional family-run osteria, a place to enjoy good glass of wine (an excellent, all-Italian list, with over a dozen by the glass) and delectable, (Italian) home-style dishes, where you can taste the love. The menu changes weekly, highlighting fresh pastas and seasonal, locally grown produce and meats: Northwind Farms chicken liver bruschetta,with aged balsamic and sage ($7); handmade ravioli filled with Coach Farm ricotta and spinach with brown butter sauce ($13); and whole roasted branzino served with Migliorelli Farm escarole and black beluga lentils ($25). Weekends are always busy, so call in advance to reserve a table. Or, if you’re just two, consider eating at the sleek Carrara marble top bar that has a bird’s eye view of the bustling dining room and open kitchen. —Kathryn Matthews
61 East Market St. (Rte. 199), Red Hook, NY
Wednesday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 10 p.m.
Sunday, 5 - 9 p.m.
Closed Monday & Tuesday