Merlo’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating its fifth year in business in Highland Park. Its signature dish, Nanna’s Gravy ($18), has slow-roasted pot roast, red wine and crushed tomatoes with rigatoni. Photos by Xavier Ward/22nd Century Media
The 12-inch double pepperoni pizza ($14) is one of the five pies that Merlo’s offers.
The veal Milanese ($25) is lightly breaded and sauteed with peppers. It also comes in chicken and eggplant and with an arugula salad.
The fried calamari appetizer is paired with a spicy marinara and can be ordered with half fried zucchini ($16).