Friday date nights has been turned in to Friday swim nights as the boyfriend has taken up swimming last month and now goes swimming at least two times a week. For me, once a week is enough to just relieve work stress and get my semi-active self back after begin dormant from the winter.
After an hour and a half swim, we were famished. Since it was around 10:00pm, many dining options were closed and we did not want anything heavy. We settled on Mercatto on College St. after passing by their beautiful patio still had a few patrons enjoying a late night dinner or a glass of wine on a quiet Friday night.
Compared to its sibling location in Eaton Centre, this Mercatto location is more brighter and airy with its large floor to ceiling windows that takes advantage of natural lighting during the day.
We chose to sit inside and we were the only ones dining indoors. Usually in these situations, we tend to avoid empty restaurants but somehow, there was no awkwardness associated with being the only patrons.
We both had the Linguine with scallops, calamari, mussels, pomodoro and peperoncini. The portion was perfect; not too much and not too little. I felt that it would have been an outstanding dish if the linguine were fresh and handmade, but the dish was satisfying nonetheless.
This Mercatto location is much preferable if you are looking for a quiet evening dinner, whether indoors or outside on their semi-private patio.
101 College St