Pizzeria Via Mercanti

Pizzeria Via Mercanti       647.343.6647         http://www.pizzeriaviamercanti.ca/   open daily lunch & dinner   

Large open windows invite you into a boisterous Italian pizzeria, reminding me of a New York City restaurant.  Carefree servers dash about the hectic looking room. The mainly Italian wine list is nicely chosen. 

To start suppli al telefono: fried risotto balls with pancetta, tomato and fior di latte ($3 each) are tasty and quite stringy; if you like rice balls you will love this.  Margherita pizza with fior di latte ($10) is simple and delicious.  Pomodorini with fior di latte, cherry tomatoes, prosciutto di parma and arugula (I added mushroom and black olives) is masterly.  I am blown away! Yes I know the city is saturated with pizza joints but this is exactly how a pizza should taste – a cross between two of my favorite Toronto Italian eateries.  The crust is chewy and lightly charred, not too firm or soggy and the toppings are perfectly cooked – brilliance in simplicity.  And the price is right.

This is a great first date place and a gem of a restaurant.  I almost forgot I was in Toronto.
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