#90 Pizzeria Via Mercanti

Pizzeria Via Mercanti

With the charm factor of Kensington Market as background, and its big French doors open to the streetscape on warm days, Via Mercanti is the personification of a Neapolitan pizzeria: a big pizza oven from Naples, stone counters and thick wooden tables, charming servers who let loose flurries of ciao and va bene…. We especially adore the bocconcini di pizza, three-bite mini-calzones stuffed with ricotta, fior di latte and prosciutto, little outbursts of pure joy for $1.50 each. House-made trecce tossed in butter and parmigiano and then wrapped in a prosciutto package are what happened when mac ’n’ cheese grew up. As for the pizza from ex–Queen Margherita Pizza man Romolo Salvati, it’s classic: Charred blistered crust (not the thinnest in town, but nicely robust), and we love the classic toppings. Favourite is capricciosa with tomato sauce, fior di latte, mushrooms, prosciutto and black olives.

  • Pizzeria Via Mercanti
  • 188 Augusta Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 647-343-6647
  • www.pizzeriaviamercanti.ca

  • Chef: Romualdo Salvati, Marc Dufour
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $50
  • Hours: Sun. to Wed. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 20+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $15
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available, Green P nearby
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