Spontaneity and surprises are one of the greatest pleasures in life – so when I heard my high school friend, Jag , was coming downtown to visit me one day, and we settled on Tratorria Mercatto – out of complete randomness, you could say that the day I spent with my old friend was very pleasurable indeed! 

Trattoria Mercatto was a restaurant I’ve passed by time and time again, practically every visit I made to the Eaton Center, and it was nice to finally try it out with some company. The ambiance of the restaurant was very bright, and service was quick to offer us a table and recommendations on the menu.

On the recommendation of the waitress that afternoon, we tried an interesting appetizer called Frutti de Mare – which was marinated shrimp, bay scallops, calamari and red onion served with a crostini. The seafood was nicely marinated with an olive oil taste, and the crostini was perfectly crisp. Certainly, the appetizer was a nice start to our lunch that afternoon!

Next up, our pizza was served to our table! Jag and I shared a Pancetta Pizza, which was served piping hot. It was a delicious choice, however both Jag and I could agree that the quantity of toppings was on the lower end. It could have been better if there was a bit more, in addition to having a thicker crust. The pizza was quite thin so eating it by hand AND with the fork and knife was quite difficult. We did manage to eat majority of the pizza and still enjoy it though!

Overall, my first experience out at the Tratorria Mercatto was a smooth one, and with the right company it was an enjoyable experience. I was glad to catch up with an old friend and eat some satisfying food while doing it! Tratorria Mercatto is definitely a recommendation to anyone looking for a nice place to socialize, dine in style, and in close proximity to other amenities (such as shopping at Eaton Center, or taking a walk out to Yonge Dundas Square!)

For more information on Tratorria Mercato, visit their website: http://trattoria.mercatto.ca/


Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Service – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡