Mezzo Ristorante and Lounge has been named the best Italian restaurant in Windsor in this year’s Top Choice Awards.
Owners Filip Rocca and Darcy King were all smiles when the news arrived last week. There were both quick to heap gratitude onto their “hard working” staff and loyal customers.

“This award is truly a great honour for our team here at Mezzo,” Rocca said. “Top Choice is a prestigious award that recognizes the dedication of our staff and the superior experience we strive to provide.”

Mezzo was one of five nominations for the Best Italian Restaurant in Windsor by the international organization that recognizes businesses all over the world for their high-quality services.

Top Choice Winner

The Top Choice Awards is used as a marketing tool that gives customers in communities across North America and Europe a guide to reputable businesses where they can expect top-notch service.

Via Italia had a strong showing for the Italian restaurant category. Four of the five restaurants nominated are from the neighbourhood, including Spago, Bacchus Ristorante and La Contessa Ristorante.

“We were among some elite company with this nomination, including several of our neighbours here in Via Italia and La Guardia downtown,” said Darcy King. “We really appreciate our loyal customers who have come to love and support us in everything we do.”

Social media is a large component to the Top Choice Awards and this year’s contest garnered quite the buzz, shattering reactions recorded in any other year, according to organizers.

“The survey broke records of popularity and intensity, with more shares, more comments and more engagement than ever before,” the organization released in a statement.

The winners were announced Jan. 10 after the voting period, held between Nov. 1 and Dec. 20 last year, closed. The awards gala is held in Toronto on Sept. 7.