I don’t know why but Mercato reminds me so much of Vivo Ristorante in Edmonton. They could be brother restaurants. Same high end, expensive concept. Same family style dishes. Heck, even the menu design/layout looks identical.
Hours. Better make a reso if you want a spot here on Friday and the weekends. We came here Sunday evening and it was pretty packed.
The cool thing about Mercato is that they have their own market inside the restaurant.
Genius. The layout inside is very cool as there’s a couple different areas to sit at – the bar, tables, or right along the open kitchen. This seems to be a trend in Calgary, Pigeonhole is another spot that comes to mind.
The menu is split into four: antipasti, primi, second and contorni.
Dessert menu is separate. Pretty standard options.
Also, some grappa and other liquor to end your night.
Make your own olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette mixture and you’re good to go.
Charbroiled octopus tagliate with a warm potato, olive and celery heart insalata. This was not what I was expecting when it came out but the octopus was marvelous. Cut thinly, it almost tasted like chicken.
I have no idea how they did it but we were all impressed.
Roasted bone marrow comes separately. You can choose to eat it by itself but you’re supposed to mix it in with the risotto. Adds even more fatty richness to the dish.
Bistecca ($97.00 double cut)
Fiorentina style rib steak with rucola, lemon and olio verdone. This is normally good for 6 people (the waitress was worried it would be too much) but we pretty much ate the whole thing. Super tender, juicy and cooked a perfect medium rare. If you’re a steak man/woman, it’s a must. The five ladies sitting beside us shared the single cut ($49.00).
The arugula adds a nice peppery taste and the grilled lemon, a light citrusy taste to the meat. I really liked the sea salt that they had on the side. Add a touch and it really brings out the flavours on the rib steak.
Charred asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto with lemon and olive oil. The prosciutto wrapped around the asparagus didn’t do much for me. But it was nice to have some vegetables to balance our meal out.
Grilled broccolini with balsamic vinegar and crumbled pork ciccioli. Great crunch to the broccolini, I enjoyed these much more than the asparagus. Both definitely are overpriced but you should already know that.
Mercato knows what they’re doing and it shows in the food. We rolled out of the restaurant fully satisfied but this is definitely one of those “special” occasion/splurge places. Happy to have tried it!
2224 – 4 Street SW