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REVIEW | Trattoria Mercatto

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We recently had the chance to swing by Trattoria Mercatto inside the Toronto Eaton Centre, and don’t let the fact that it’s inside a mall fool you: it was some of the best Italian food we’ve ever had in the city!

Trattoria by Mercatto

The restaurant itself is filled with light and perfect for a satisfying lunch after some afternoon shopping. Trattoria Mercatto is even worth a trip in itself for some wholesome Italian eats: we got to sample some of the current Antipasti menu on a lazy Sunday afternoon in August, sipping on some delicious cocktails and tasting brilliantly crafted starters like Frutti Di Mare and Beef Carpaccio.

We met up with some of our fellow food blogger friends like Fat Girl Food SquadAbbey’s Kitchen, Fashion Food Flair, FoodaholicThe Roaming LifeMary’s Happy Bellyand more for an exciting foodie experience in an amazing atmosphere.

Trattoria by Mercatto

Photo by Mauricio Jose Calero, Photography courtesy of Toronto Eaton Centre

We started off with a sweet, fruity cocktail:  Nonna’s Little Secret ($10, 2oz) was a beautiful blend of vodka, hibiscus, rose hip, house-made peach tea and lime.

Trattoria by Mercatto

From there, we were treated to a Barbabietole Arrosto beet salad with burrata cheese, arugla, shaved almonds and aged balsamic ($11.95), which perfectly complemented the luxurious Carpaccio Di Manzo ($13.50), a beef tenderloin crudo that came served with brandy creme, pickled onions & arugula.

Trattoria by Mercatto

Trattoria Mercatto is that perfect weekend place away from the hustle and bustle of city living. Brothers Jack and Domenic Sacarangella have two other Mercatto locations in the city (on Bay and Toronto Streets) and saw an opportunity in one of Toronto’s busiest spots: the Toronto Eaton Centre!

Serving simple and vibrant seasonal cuisine remains a specialty for the brothers, where a gorgeous indoor concept with huge windows, giant rustic tables, a glamorous marble bar and spacious outdoor patio more than satisfy the masses.

Trattoria by Mercatto

Trattoria by Mercatto

Photo by Mauricio Jose Calero, Photography courtesy of Toronto Eaton Centre

After the delectable carpaccio and beet salad, we had the opportunity to try a couple classic seafood dishes. Frutti Di Mare, made a blend of marinated shrimp, bay scallops, calamari, and red onion served was served alongside a delicate house made crostini ($11.50), and a Calamari Fritti plate served with a fennel & garlic crema ($12.95) was amazingly crisp and fresh. Estrella lager was served alongside these dishes and proved to be the perfect complement to these tasty, fresh seafood dishes.

Trattoria Mercatto

Trattoria Mercatto

Photos by Mauricio Jose Calero, Photography courtesy of Toronto Eaton Centre

Next up, we tried a melt-in-your-mouth Short Rib Crostini with fior di latte cheese served atop a grilled sourdough bread with fresh basil sprinkled on top ($12.50), which we considered to be the best value for your money considering the quality of the dish. It’s clear that Trattoria Mercatto prides itself on the quality and freshness of ingredients, and this was something that definitely stood out to us throughout our tasting. Everything was brilliantly seasoned, and nothing less than perfection managed to come out of the kitchen.

Trattoria by Mercatto

Photo by Mauricio Jose Calero, Photography courtesy of Toronto Eaton Centre 

Finally, we tried the Diver Scallops ($13.95) served with fennel, orange, pine nuts, chili & agrodolce along with the Polpette Meatballs ($11.50), a blend of veal and pork paired with roasted eggplant and tomato coponata. Again, nothing short of perfection with these dishes. Don’t those scallops look gorgeous?

Trattoria by Mercatto

Trattoria by Mercatto Photos by Mauricio Jose Calero, Photography courtesy of Toronto Eaton Centre

Though Trattoria Mercatto is located inside the Toronto Eaton Centre, we had such a great time enjoying some drinks and tasty food. We were treated like royal guests and experienced some of the best Italian cuisine that the city has to offer, which may not be expected considering that it’s in a shopping centre (albeit a luxe one at that!).

We promise that as soon as you enter the restaurant you will experience a remarkably light-filled and airy space, where the smell of fresh seafood, Italian comfort food, and pizza will welcome you with open arms.

What do you think of Trattoria Mercatto? Have you been? Let us know in the  comments!

This meal was complimentary, but as always, our views reflect our true opinions.

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