My birthday was on April 3rd and like many of you will have guessed I spent the entire day eating. First stop was lunch at Aria followed by bar snacks and cocktails at Toca Bar at the Ritz Carlton. After Mike and I had finished up at the Ritz we walked to Kensington Market to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Pizzeria Via Mercanti.
My birthday restaurant itinerary has revealed a noble truth: that you don’t have to be at the finest, most expensive restaurant in the city to maximize the pleasures on your palate. Mercanti’s humble offerings showcase Italian pleasantries in the heart of Toronto’s favorite bohemian market.
We shared a pizza which came right out of their piping hot wood burning oven a la Naples. Mike was keen to order an entire plate of fried mushrooms which may seem a bit extravagant but in many ways an essential homage to umami. We chit chatted about our hopes and dreams whilst swigging local beer and carefully tearing at each pizza slice. The real winner was the prosciutto wrapped fagottino. My lord, the most beautiful birthday presents are wrapped in cured pork! Happy 27th birthday to me! You can now find Pizzeria Via Mercanti on my Toronto’s Top Restaurant List.
fior di latte, prosciutto crudo, fresh parmesan
sauteed mixed mushrooms
parmigiano cream wrapped in prosciutto
#315 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.