Mercato, a legendary purveyor of high end Italian cuisine in Calgary has started to spin off its brand into lighter, faster, more casual fare.
The food is fresh, quick, and casual. And, like Mercato, expensive.
The calamari was delicious. Light and golden and just the right amount of bouncy texture.
The anitpasti platter was a little less inspiring. Some exotic cold cuts, drizzles of balsamic, figs, nuts, and cheese. It looked wonderful, but was a tad awkward to pick at with friends.
The pizzas, however, were great.
Our night out for 4 featured the 2 appetizers, 2 pizzas, a couple of beers and glasses of wine. The total topped out over $170.
Bocce doesnt take reservations and when it first opened this summer, long lines were always present. However, when we went during Stampede, we arrived at 7p and were seated right away.
It was a fun, casual night out catching up with friends, but an expensive one. But that’s Mercato; worth it, if only every once in a while.