This week, we’re back at Mix Social Dining in Ithaca’s southwest. We first wrote last February about this new spot where Lucatelli’s closed three years ago, and Mix, which opened in August, offers a sharable, social approach to its menu.
The menu is “multi-ethnic,” with clear influences from Western Europe, Latin America, Asia as well as the southern U.S., and chef Shayne Johnson, who co-owns Mix with his wife, told us last summer, “We will gather ingredients from around the globe, while showcasing the bounty of our beautiful region.”
The hibachi steak skewers are tasty and tender, served with a ginger teriyaki glaze and chilled soba noodles, and the Bangkok deviled eggs with tempura fried swamp cabbage are a surprising combination with masaman curry in the eggs.
Mix is where Lucatelli’s used to be, and there are little nods to that Italian icon like the amazing gnocchi, served with lemon pistachio pesto cream and grilled asparagus. Or the arancini paired with exceptional meatballs.
There are crispy duck bao buns, goat cheese pierogies, steaks, daily sliders, and a Vietnamese take on fried chicken and waffles. Some of the larger plates, like the steaks or the chicken and waffles, make a good meal for those who don’t feel like sharing. Even those large plates, though, are mostly portioned or sliced to make sharing easy, and we like trying a variety, much as we would at a more traditional tapas eatery.
Check out the great wine list by the bottle or the glass, including some Finger Lakes gems, and the cocktail menu includes the summery Sweet Georgia Brown and a refreshing apple dill mule, featuring ginger beer.
Don’t miss dessert, such as a rotating selection of decadent cheesecakes plus a creme brulée of the day or mixed berry crumble.
If you’d like a little help narrowing down your choices, ask about the Mix Essentials tasting menu, which for $24.50 per person offers three courses with a few options each for starters, full-size plates, and desserts.
Mix switches things up on Sundays, with a midday brunch that lets you try a few things, tapas style, or focus on french toast or a full-size frittata. Sunday night is Italian family night, with a four-course tasting menu from antipasto to dessert, and kids eat free. Choose soup or salad, then a variety of pastas and sauces, and an Italian-themed small plate like oven-baked cod or braised pork, followed by dessert such as tiramisu cheesecake or cannoli.
Expect to spend $20-25 per person on a few sharable plates, more with drinks. Mix Social Dining is at 205 Elmira Road in Ithaca’s Southwest. Call them at 607-319-4248 or visit mixithaca.com and tell them you heard about them here.