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Dine well, relax and be entertained at Bistro Mezzaluna

Looking for a restaurant that has good food, live entertainment and a dance floor? Try Bistro Mezzaluna on Hilton Head Island's New Orleans Road for authentic Italian and Continental food, music by local favorite entertainers and a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

Meet a friend for a martini or glass of wine at the bar, accompanied by selections from the tapas menu. For dinner, move to the elegant main dining room with terraced seating, skylights, and original art. Enjoy live music and dance with your partner on one of the few dance floors on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Savor authentic northern and southern Italian, Continental and Mediterranean cuisine. Every dish is made to order including the delicious pasta fajiole and minestrone soup and warm house-made bread. "This is real food, made here in our kitchen," said owner Mark Sertl.

From Bistro Mezzaluna's regular menu, choose from more than 50 items including nightly specials, freshly caught fish including grouper, steaks, veal chops, a meat medley marsala, veal scaloppini and the house specialty, "Osso Bucco." Most entrees are $17-$25.95. Finish with a coffee, cappuccino, espresso or one of Bistro Mezzaluna's scrumptious desserts including homemade spumoni, tira-misu and cannoli.

From 5 to 6:15 p.m. during the summer, Bistro Mezzaluna offers a "sunset menu," with 24 entrees priced from $12.95-$15.95. These dinners, served in the main dining room, include a choice of chicken, fish, veal or pasta entree, a salad and a glass of wine.

Popular items on Bistro Mezzaluna's extensive tapas menu are sausage stuffed banana peppers, chicken fingers, fried calamari, open faced filet mignon sandwich and Bada Bing shrimp. Tapas plates are $3.99-$15 and served in the bar/lounge area. And coming soon to the restaurant will be pasta nights, with a choice of nine different homemade sauces. Currently, live entertainment at Bistro Mezzaluna includes jam sessions every other Monday night, led by "First Lady of Jazz" Teri Rini Powers & Company. Starting at 7 p.m., talented local musicians perform together, with guest appearances by Bobby Ryder andLavon Stevens. On Wednesday nights, Rini Powers, a locals' favorite vocalist and pianist who has played with Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton, performs alone. Thursday and Friday, join the party with the band Target, for Motown and Shag tunes and a high energy presence that encourages dancing. On Saturdays look for island favorite Cheryl Christine, the Hilton Head Vocal Jazz Project playing "Manhattan Transfer," and others.

At Bistro Mezzaluna, you'll feel like family. Local owners Mark and Valerie are at the restaurant almost every night, greeting customers and circulating among the tables, making sure everyone is content.

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