Photos by Nicole Midwest Photography
Elegance feels right at home at Mezzaluna in downtown Fargo. Everything served is mindfully crafted and intentionally produced, marrying local products with a feel of big-city tastebuds. We talked to bar manager Max Parker about a timeless favorite of his.
JOURNEY TO BARTENDING
I started out in the restaurant industry when I used to work in a diner in the Twin Cities, it didn’t even have a name. We just sold fried chicken and, like, 3 different sides. Once I moved up here I started at Toasted Frog hosting and bar-backing and then I worked my way up to the bar a bit, part-time. Then I moved over here to Mezzaluna full-time and I am the bar manager here now. I’ve been here at Mezzaluna a year and three months now.
ABOUT THE BARTENDING EXPERIENCE AT MEZZALUNA
As far as drinks go here, customers are very open to trying new things and getting out of their comfort zone. We definitely have a lot more fun with different flavors and the stuff we get to work with is really, really cool. Like, right now we have six or seven different Vermouths, which you don’t see a lot of. You get to mess around with those things and have a good time with it. We also have a lot of regulars here, we have 60 or 70 regulars that are in at least once a week, which is nice.
MOST POPULAR DRINKS AMONGST THE REGULARS
Definitely the Ralphattan. Ralph is one of our most notorious regulars, a retired doctor. He comes here and hangs out he’s just a cool guy.
ABOUT THIS DRINK
This is an older drink of mine that I’ve just been a big fan of since I made it, which was about 3 years ago now. It’s our Irish Boxer and it’s kind of a big, bold cocktail with a lot of flavor and a lot of different nuances.
- Jameson Irish Whiskey
- Antica Sweet Vermouth
- Green Chartreuse
- Housemade Cinnamon Syrup
309 Roberts St. N., Fargo
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