Last Updated on July 16, 2020 by Jeremy
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We think that every Pittsburgh neighborhood should have a cafe that specializes in short-order fair like sandwiches, salads, and drinks, and in Allegheny West in the North Side, that shop is none other than Mezza Luna Cafe.
Although we only had a limited sampling of this one's menu when visiting shortly after they opened, we're really excited to see what comes next!
Mezza Luna is a Charming Cafe in the North Side
Panini Caprese sandwich with basil pesto, balsamic, tomato, and a decently sized portion of mozzarella on grilled panini. The second sandwich was a BLTA (a for avocado) with blue cheese and chipotle-lime mayo on a toasted croissant.
The Panini Caprese is what I would consider being a juicy sandwich. Between the pesto, balsamic, and tomato this one was exploding with flavors that accentuated the mozzarella nicely. While I would consider this sandwich on its own as a small sandwich with only a lightly toasted bun, the filling more than made up for any reservations I might have had.
The BLTA was a rich, decadent version of the classic BLT served on a croissant. There was an impressive amount of bacon, juicy tomatoes, avocado, spring mix lettuces, blue cheese, and a chipotle-lime mayo. The bacon was perfectly crispy and provided a great textural contrast from the rest of the sandwich. The richness of the whole thing was balanced by the juicy acidity of the tomatoes and a slight bite from the greens, blue cheese, and the lime in the mayo.
We were a little hesitant about ordering this sandwich at first because of the blue cheese, but the flavor wasn't overpowering and served more as a funky counterpoint. Overall we really loved this sandwich and thought it was a really well-executed and fancy version of a classic BLT.
Don't Forget a Cookie
As they grow, Mezza Luna Cafe intends to have a fairly large selection of sweets on hand ranging from cookies and cupcakes to ice cream; however, during our visit shortly after opening only cookies were available. Naturally, we ordered a couple- ginger and lemon cardamom.
The cookies themselves are fairly large and offer a dense and a bit chewy consistency, so if you like a nice bite into your cookies these are for you. The ginger one stuck out to use as being a favorite due to having bits of crystallized ginger baked in, whereas the lemon cardamom was a bit more delicate in its flavors relative to the thickness of the cookie.
Finally, it is worth noting that during our first visit, Mezza Luna Cafe was offering a limited menu. We look forward to returning when we can try more of their offerings!
Mezza Luna Cafe is located at 917 Western Avenue in the North Side.