Address: 15 Toronto St
Price Range: $10-15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
*couple locations within downtown
*financial district lunch crowd
*specialize in pasta and pizza
This was my second time visiting Mercatto and the only reason why I am doing another review on this place- is because the first time I was there, I was meeting up with a friend I haven't seen for a very long time, which distracted me from the actual food and service at this place.
To be honest I wouldn't have gone back the second time unless my mom wanted to try this place just cause it's so conveniently located around the corner from my house. They are always busy at lunch and it's mostly financial district crowd grabbing a quick bite or having a meeting over their lunch hour wine.
When I walked in, there was no specific host at the front so I had to look for a waiter to get myself seated after standing there awkwardly for a minute or two. To make matters worse after I sat down, we were served by the most awkward waitress ever! She made me feel like I did something horrible to her family, but she was forced to 'serve' me- yes, that awkward plus she had shifty eyes and constantly looked away when I was talking to her as if she was guilty of something.
Anyways, just like last time, we were served complimentary 3 pieces of bread and olive oil. Their olive oil might be excellent quality but I just found it to be very raw tasting with almost a woody after taste. It would have been better if there were some salt or pepper on the table but there werent any.
Ordered: Calamari Fritti 3/5
*With Basil Caper Aioli and Lemon for $11
*After we ordered this, we could smell it as they were making it in the kitchen
*This is big for an appetizer dish
*Comes fresh and hot, as they were just deep fried
*Camalari batter is not seasoned so you def need a sauce
*Basil Caper Aioli was a little bland
*Couldn't really taste the caper
*With Calamari, Clams, Bread Crumbs and Chili for $16.00
*Overall, small in portion
*They divided the dish in half for us because we were sharing
*3 clams in total
*Pasta was over-cooked which is surprising cause they are suppose to be Italian restaurant
*I don't know what kind of Italian restaurant would over cook their pasta. Obviously I like it more al dente
*Couldn't really understand why breadcrumbs were added since they did nothing for the dish
*It was a mediocre and boring pasta overall
Summary: Just like the first time, the food was mediocre but it was the service that completely turned me off from Mercatto. The waitress spoke so quietly in this mellow tone I felt like I had to be more cheery cause she was so damn depressing. I did not enjoy my lunch there and I actually left feeling dissatisfied and irritated. Overall this place isn't very cheap for lunch and if I am willing to spend the money and craving pasta/pizza, I would much rather go to Terroni (Check out my review here).