Mercatto has opened its newest central location, Taverna Mercatto between the ACC and the Rogers Centre at the Southcore Financial Centre at 120 Bremner Blvd. It opened its doors to the neighbourhood for a sampling of the menu by Executive Chef Doug Neigel accompanied by Taverna’s drink menu. The bar is one of the largest among Mercatto’s restaurants, and with a convenient location, ideal for tourists and the downtown crowd to gather for after work drinks, lunch or even an afternoon apertivo with antipasti.

It was evident that a lot of people came from work for the bustling opening event on February 3rd, 2015 celebrating the occasion with Italian food and drinks.

I spoke with Chef Doug Neigel and asked him what his focus was in terms of food at Taverna Mercatto. He says that his location has some great tapas featuring artisanal meats and cheese and other quality ingredients. He added that the popular and signature Mercatto pasta and pizza dishes are also be on the menu.

The restaurant is spacious featuring two different atmospheres: one of a more relaxed tone suitable for after work drinks and the other is a bit cozier for a comfortable, intimate dining experience.

Photos by James Shay

You can view Taverna’s menu here and visit their website at

They’re located at:
120 Bremner Blvd Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5J 3A6
416 368 9000

Also check out Antipasti at Trattoria Mercatto.

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