Even though Mercato Mio only recently made its debut at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in State College, it’s already generating some buzz from the local community. Customers are raving about the seafood risotto, loaded with fresh shrimp, clams, fish, and even squid. And the chic Italian eatery is only a stone’s throw from Toftrees Apartments.

Head here for date night to try the risotto or one of the other classic Italian dishes. You can kick off your meal with a traditional bread basket, featuring focaccia and whipped ricotta cheese, or try the flatbread topped with creamed spinach, grilled artichokes, and blistered peppers. The kale salad comes highly recommended, so dig into its mix of shaved Brussels sprouts and greens, pecorino, and orange, all topped with a fried egg. Then, for the main course, try the signature risotto, the beef ribeye, or the swordfish.