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City Grill at the Eaton Centre is (finally) being replaced by Mercatto.

I'm so excited at the notion that the fab patio will live again. Chain or no chain, I want that lovely outdoor space back.

All I can say is... suck on THAT Terroni!

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Mercatto
15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

City Grill
220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B2H1, CA

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  1. Yes, really looking forward to this. I've only been to one other Mercatto location (the one in the MARS building), and only a couple of times, but I've really been impressed by the food & service. Will be a great addition to the Eaton Centre if the quality is as high.

    1. I had some horrid pizza at one Mercatto location but the menu has other things that appeal so will likely try this out. I agree re the space--nice to have something at least semi-decent occupying it!

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      Mercatto
      15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

      1. YES! Very happy to hear this. Thanks for the info Googs!

        1. Fantastic news! I called today and they will be open within the year. Manager said they probably won't even start renos for another couple of months at least. Hopefully next summer the patio will be up and running!

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          1. re: bringonthelbs

            Next SUMmer! They already have their liquor license application posted. Bummer. I was hoping the logo going up meant it would be open soon.

          2. Just got a newsletter from The Eaton Centre stating that Mercatto will be open early 2011. FYI!

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            Mercatto
            15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

            1. What does Terroni have to do with it?

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              1. re: Pincus

                Terroni sucks rocks IMO - lousy arrogant service with food not neartly as good as Mercatto, IMO.

                The "how dare you express what you may *want* on your pizza - WE know way better than that" attitude at Terroni, when I am paying the bill is insulting and disgusting.

                Mercatto's service has always been professional, the food fresh/tasty/on time with no side order of arrogance

                I will never spend another cent at Terroni

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                Mercatto
                15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

                1. re: CocoaChanel

                  Oh, was Terroni trying to get into the same space? I agree Terroni is at best overrated.

                  1. re: Pincus

                    I'm not sure if Terroni was vying for the space. Perhaps Googs can shed light on that.
                    I prefer Mercatto's food, including pizza, over Terroni

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                    Mercatto
                    15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

                2. re: Pincus

                  Good question. Terroni's pizzas are vastly superior to Mercatto.

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                  Mercatto
                  15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

                  1. re: dipsetrenegade

                    Little as I like Terroni, gotta agree there. I had the weirdest pizza at Mercatto as any I can ever recall. And not good weird. But Mercatto's service makes me want to go back and try something else.

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                    Mercatto
                    15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      non-pizza items I have tried have been good. worth a try

                  2. re: Pincus

                    My "take that Terroni" simply means that Mercatto will be right in the Eaton Centre requiring no need to go outdoors if the weather's poor. If the weather's good, Mercatto will have that fairly large patio facing a church, walkway, parkette, and no cars. Then there's the superior service and food. You can have what you want the way you want it from an attitude-free server. This should make for a very interesting competition. One in which I hope the diner wins.

                    1. re: Googs

                      Never had any attitude from a Terroni server. One was a little touchy feely though. But I liked that.

                  3. Looks like they will be open any day now, just waiting on final approval on their liquor license. The gentleman I spoke to said probably by the end of the week. This location will be under a different name, Mercatto Tratoria and has a much larger menu as displayed on their new site.

                    Looking forward to it!

                    http://trattoriamercatto.ca

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                    Mercatto
                    15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

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                    1. re: bringonthelbs

                      Oh I'm very excited. I enjoy Mercatto as a weeknight easy meal and I'm never disappointed. If this location is as good as the others this will be a huge plus for the Eaton's Centre.

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                      Mercatto
                      15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

                      1. re: bringonthelbs

                        Yay! Spring is just around the corner and so is their patio! Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!

                        1. re: bringonthelbs

                          I'm not sure I'll have a lot of company wanting to go here when most mains are at least $15.

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            Oh I can definitely see myself whiling away the hours on the patio making my way through the appetizers and wine. Oh yes. I had hoped for one decent place in the Eaton Centre. Glad its them. If you didn't like their pizza, edible, I encourage you to try their pasta. $15 for a pasta main as opposed to primi sized, isn't bad if the ingredients and prep are good.

                            1. re: Googs

                              I've tried the pasta and it was decent. But those I go to work with will be a hard sell for that kind of price.

                              1. re: Googs

                                Went today for lunch and we both had pastas ($15 and $17). Tasty enough, but not really that much food. Trendy atmosphere, but not much elbow room....not that comfortable. Good service and friendly staff. Might be more popular with the younger and affluent set....we won't be in any hurry to return.

                              1. re: bringonthelbs

                                Any recent dinner experiences? Going to try it tomorrow night. Any must haves?
                                Pasta or pizza?

                                1. re: breezey

                                  Had dinner there last week. Loved cauliflower fritters app and meatball/sausage entree. Pizza also looked great.