A few weekends ago we were invited to share a wonderful lunch with other Toronto Foodie Bloggers. We got to meet a few new friends, like The Girls On Bloor and Fashion. Food Flair. and tried some of the really tasty dishes from Trattoria Mercatto‘s Insalade e Antipasti section of their menu – have a look!
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The cozy casual atmosphere that the Mall branch of Mercatto gives off was perfect for a sunny lunch with fellow foodies. Given its proximity to Elgin & Wintergarden Theatres, I daresay that this would be a great spot for a pre-theatre (or Pre-TIFF) meal. If you’re just looking for a few snacks to share, here are a few delish dishes and quenchy drinks. (Especially now that Mr. Greenjeans is gone!)

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We started by sharing a fantastic beet salad “BARBABIETOLE ARROSTO”, served with traditional arugula but instead of the cliche goat cheese, mozzerella. An amazing “CARPACCIO DI MANZO” followed.

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What’s food without something to wash it down? The next courses were paired with appropriate beverages. We’ve got a fantastic “FRUTTI DI MARE” alongside a tasty Procesecco (my favourite!) and “SHORT RIB CROSTINI” with a giant pint of Estrella Damm Spanish Lager (sooo good, right?!)


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 Next up was the tastiest, saltiest, but Oh-So-Good veal meatballs. I wish these had been served with some Crostini coz the sauce was sop-it-up good.

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Although the food was a welcome distraction, I think my favourite part was socializing with fellow Toronto Foodie Bloggers, its really fun having everyone taking photos of their food and the same reflex to #TweetBeforeYouEat! My only regret or disappointment was that the weather was so gorgeous out – I’d hoped that we’d be sitting on the patio.

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Absolutely no disappointments for the atmosphere and meal though, and have to say that Chef Istvan really knocked it out of the park by having us all gather around for a tasty Antipasti meal. Thanks so much to Toronto Eaton Center and Trattoria Mercatto!
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