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Nov 5, 2005 01:15 PM

Mercato Calgary

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I keep on hearing about this fantastic place called Mercato in Calgary.I heard the meals are wonderful.
Anyone else hear anything?

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  1. I am not in Calgary so will leave the comments to the "Calgary regulars".

    However, there has been quite a bit of discussion...divided opinions...already on this site.

    For ease of reference,go to the top of the page and hit the "Edit" button you will get a drop down list with "Find [on This Page]" being one of the commands.

    Type in Mercato and it will take you up or down the topics including a couple of "threads" on this location.

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    1. re: Bob Mac

      Reviewed (briefly) again in this month's Avenue. The line seems to be that it offers delicious food, great ambience, and high prices.

      Not sure if it can beat River Cafe on any of these criteria- went there last weekend for first time in more than 2 years (TEMPUS FUGIT!), and had a fantastic morsel of sabelfish for $38.....

      1. re: John Manzo

        Everyone knows Mercato is the old Italian Centre that used to be on 1st Ave NE in Bridgeland right?

        1. re: Jeff White

          ya - i am pretty sure everyone knows that from the 'established in 1975 sign' they proudly have on the front enterance. i'll admit that mercato had a rough start but its kicking some ass these days if you ask me and is constantly packed.
          i am surprised everyone here loves River Cafe so much, the menu in my opinion isnt that great and the execution even more average.
          back to mercato - alot has changed in the last 4 months and i strongly suggest a visit. i live a block away and it is jammed packed every night of the week. the aranchini (fried risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella) are amazing as an apetizer and the pasta mains are excellent.
          Alot of people hate on the fact of it being in mission and people only going there to be 'seen' or whatever, but that is the same as alot of restaurants in Calgary (read: Catch, La Chaumier, River Cafe, Living Room etc).
          And finally (I swear I dont work for Mercato) its one of the most unique dinning venues in Calgary. Sitting at the counter watching your food being prepared is something you cant find everywhere.

    2. f
      FAT Traveler

      We visited Calgary, for the first time, from California, in September. As a result of some suggestions from Calgary Hounds, we tried Mercado and I think it was the hilite of the trip (food-wise). I loved the atmosphere, the granite counters, and feeling like I was visiting some friend's kitchen while they prepared a teriffic meal. Sitting at the wrap-around counter and watching the chef and assistants (and smelling all those delicious smells) was really fun.

      1. I'm a fan of Mercato and I'm pretty picky. Its fun to sit at the bar and watch them cook. I was last there a year ago so it may have changed a lot, but the menu was very limited.

        Mountain Mercato's in Canmore is a great place after a hike to get soup and a grilled panini. Calgary needs more places like this.

        Anyone know if the owner of this operates other restaurants around town?

        1. I really like Mercato..... I always leave there feeling satisfied w/ the entire experience.