Friday, November 12, 2010


Must warn you that this post is definitely not one of my most exciting ones - basically my friend Julia and I went to Mercatto one day after work, ordered two pizzas, shared it, and left. No drinks, appetizers, no dessert. BORINGGG right?! Why did I even bother blogging about it then? Well because 1) I had my SLR with me so I took some pictures that are decent enough to show, and 2) because I really, really, love pizza (check out my Pizzeria Libretto post if you haven't already).

If a restaurant has pizza on their menu, my eyes will immdiately scan through the list of pizzas they have. If nothing interests me and I don't end up ordering pizza, in the back of my mind I will always wonder how their pizza would've been like. 

Mercatto has 3 locations in downtown Toronto - we went to the Bay Street location. It was a weeknight around 5:30pm, still bright and hot out (it was August at the time). Summer! Where did you go? *sigh*~

Mercatto seems to be a nice place to stop by for some happy hour drinks and food. Very casual atmosphere with a warm decor (I always associate wood with warmth hehe). I find that I tend to like places with chandeliers automatically gives off a level of elegance and...class.

Mercatto's menu consists of: salumi / cheese plates, starters (mainly salads), pizzas, pastas, and mains. I knew I wanted nothing but pizza ( I have random pizza cravings every now and then).

Funghi Pizza -Wild Mushrooms, Taleggio, Mozzarella, Truffle Oil. 

Margherita - Tomato, Fior di latte, Basil. 

Mercatto's pizzas were average; not the best I've had, nor was it bad either. It was really...just average. I liked their selection of pizzas, the thin crust, they were also generous with the mushrooms too on the funghi pizza. However, I DID find that their pizzas were a bit on the dry side.

I think Mercatto is good if you want a quick pizza fix, in a casual Italian restaurant in downtown, with good prices. Not sure if I would go back though...maybe one day to try out their pastas, but I'm really not sure when that one day will be given I have a whole list of other restaurants I want to try too. But still, can't say I'm totally writing off Mercatto.

However, one thing that will deter me from going back is that we did not have good service; our waiter was not attentive at all; basically he was nowhere to be found 95% of the time when we needed him. He was always busy serving other tables and would just whiz by us like we were non-existent.  What can I say, I guess he didn't like the fact that we only ordered two pizzas.


kiki's B.F.F said...

LOL... hate bad service >_<

The pics look great... I have been thinking to get a SLR fo almost a year now.... but I'm not sure I can handle it/use it correctly =P what do you think, difficult to learn?

The Food Junkie said...

Hi kiki! =) Thanks~~~ I don't think it's hard to use, but definitely have to take full advantage of it and use "manual" mode instead of "auto". When I first got it I played w/ the settings at home focusing on one object. You just gotta learn the basics (i.e ISO, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field etc) and you're fine. No need to take photography classes or anything if you want to just use the SLR for dim lighting where a normal point-and-shoot would need a flash, and where you like really close up pics with a blurry background.

The lens that come with the SLR is usually sufficient too, although I do have another lens that I use for super close ups.

Hope that helps!

Cici said...

I love Mercatto for more than just their pizza but I've only been to the MaRS building location (Elizabeth and College) with co-workers. I've had almost everything from the pizza to the pasta to the main entrees and appetizers. But I haven't been to pizzeria libreto so I must go since you have raved about it :D

Liana @ femme fraiche said...

I've been to the Toronto St location. It was pretty inside, that's what I liked most about it. I thought the food was average too, definitely no Libretto. Your pictures are great though!

jen laceda said...

Yeah, their pizzas don't look as appetizing as Libretto's. I like the crust to be really scorched in some parts...makes it look more rustic! Hahaha. I'm all about the looks, too, although taste is important as well! Nice photos, by the way!

The Food Junkie said...

@Cici - hehe I can't say for other things but for sure Libretto's pizza is better than Mercatto. Yeah that is why I may want to go back to Mercatto to try their other items.

@Liana - Yup I definitely like their atmosphere too~ I gotta say their pizza was really just average.

@Jen - I totally know what you mean by the scorched parts LOL and thats exactly what Libretto has where Mercatto doesn't =D O for sure presentation is important as well~

Thanks for the comments girls! I have yet to try Queen Martguerita..

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