Halifax: Il Mercato
Some friends and I ate at Il Mercato Friday night. I'd been to Da Maurizio (the more upscale restaurant, owned by the same people) but hadn't eaten here, so we gave it a try. Overall I was impressed. More of a busy, bright, bustling spot than Da Maurizio, but the food was still very well done.
Very tasty bread and a few bottles of Chianti to start. I ordered the shrimp and the salmon; others in my party had steak, lamb and salmon. Oddly enough, no one got a pasta course. My meal was excellent, as was the glass of white I had with my fish. We all ordered dessert. My caramel praline cheesecake was excellent. The double chocolate cheesecake (I stole a few bites of a friend's piece) was also excellent, but don't take it on unless you're a chocolate fiend and have some room to spare. It was daunting.
Service was very good: attentive, not smothering. Our server helpfully recommended food and some places to try after our meal.
Great experience and great food. I now have two Bertossi restaurants to visit on my next to Halifax. God help me if I ever try Bish.