Hearty Italian dishes or just cocktails and nibbles at Locale Mercatto

Locale Mercatto is a delight down on Bay and Adelaide. Hearty Italian dishes, or even just cocktails and nibbles, Locale has you covered.

We started off the evening enjoying a quick sip (or three!) with in-house mixologist, Daniel Castro who brought us his latest selection of cocktails. Delicious and beautifully presented, I enjoyed swilling back blackberry and basil offering while sinking my teeth into a slice of seasonal butternut squash pizza with walnuts. Aren’t walnuts the literal dream?

Locale Mercatto

Ushered to our long, family-style dining table, I delighted at the antipasto misto, my favourite of which was the Beets and Pistachio, but they were, of course, all delicious.  Appetite officially whet, we tried a selection of starters.  You can never go wrong with beef tartare, and Locale Mercatto’s was especially delicious, as was the kale salad with cauliflower puree.

Locale Mercatto

Locale Mercatto
Starters

Having tried a selection, I would recommend ordering the Lasagna and the Cavatelli (smoked Ontario trout, arugula, roasted shallots and lemon pesto) and doing a little sharing with your dining partner. The lasagna was especially delicious (and meat-free) with a thick tomato paste you can imagine a wise Italian Nonna whipping up on a Sunday evening.

Locale Mercatto

Locale Mercatto
Lasagna

I am told the blank Angus strip steak was delicious, but for me, it was all about the Pacific cod with lentils and squash puree. Love me some squash. Also, I love me some wine and if you do too, rest assure the vino list is wide and mainly Italian, with a few Ontario goodies in there too.

Locale Mercatto
Steak
Locale Mercatto
Cod

Uh oh, here comes the Cannolo. I say “uh oh”, not because it was bad, but because it is so good you’ll feel both guilty and elated at the very same time. A little indulgence never hurt anyone, though, and I found room to nip one of these tasty treats away with a coffee. Molto Italiano!

Locale Mercatto is situated at 330 Bay Street. For reservations or a full view of their menu, visit their website.

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