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!
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!)


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.


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.


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.


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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