Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mercatto on Toronto Street: Our Local "Italian"

Warm and welcoming, even on the coldest winter days, Mercatto serves a little taste of Tuscany and a decent bottle of wine without breaking the bank. Not only do they serve simple authentic italian cuisine all day, every day, and with an extensive list of regional Italian wines, it's a winning combination that's pretty hard to beat. The interior is as modern, friendly and inviting as the menu. Polished dark wood floors and crisp white walls meet cozy sage banquettes, polished marble tables and a long communal dining table of reclaimed wood sits front and centre, perfect for larger groups. Floor to ceiling slate chalkboards celebrate featured Italian wines and daily seasonal specials are heralded on an large board that hangs above the open kitchen. For more intimate dining, a private dining nook with a large reclaimed wood table is nestled off to the side, surrounded by an inviting wall of wine and crowned with a whimsical rustic twig chandelier, it's an ideal spot to celebrate life with close friends or enjoy a quiet dinner with a loved one. It's our local "Italian", and it's always great.

Mercatto's modern interior with blue dish towel style napkins and marble topped tables

Mercatto uses eco-friendly Q-water which cuts back on the waste produced by unnecessary bottles

Italian Gavi from Piedmont

Tuscan Sangiovese from Montecucco

Misticanza Salad with mixed lettuces, celery hearts, radish and aged sherry vinaigrette

Roasted beets, burrata, arugula, almonds and aged balsamic

Orecchiette Pugliese with fennel sausage, rapini, peperoncini and grana padano

Chitarra alla Carbonara with pancetta, black pepper, egg and pecorino

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