Open: The Mercer OTR

The Mercer dining room

The latest swanky eatery to grace Vine Street is The Mercer OTR. Located on the ground floor of the Mercer Commons apartments, the Italian-style restaurant is the brainchild of Kaze co-owner Jon Zipperstein. True to form, the dining room feels sleek and Euro, right down to the woven café chairs, dim lighting, and cozy half-circle booths. The wine list is extensive (we loved the Negroamaro, a by-the-glass rosé from Puglia), and the menu is simple Italian at its best: Think scallops with parsnip puree and shiitake mushrooms; a wild bitter greens salad with pearl onions, lardon, and egg; and pappardelle with rabbit ragout. Mangia! 1324 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 421-5111,

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