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Mercatto @ MaRS - ok food, VERY slow service

sam_1 | Sep 2, 200911:57 AM

Met a friend for lunch at the new Mercatto location. Nice space, really busy, friendly server. I had the Caprino salad to start - it was ok, the goat cheese was nothing special, and there were literally about 3 forkfuls of arugula on the plate. For $9, a few more leaves would have been appreciated. I also had the fettucine (smoked bacon/tomato/cream) which was also just ok. The menu mentioned cream, but the sauce was definitely more tomato than anything else. Overall the service was decent (water refills, checking in etc) but it took over 45 minutes for our food to come out. Maybe not the server's fault (unless she didn't enter the order when she took it) but strange nonetheless for a place that seems to cater to people on their lunch breaks. Yeah, I get that it's busy over lunch, but there I'm not sure I can spare an hour and a half for lunch on a weekday. Overall, I would probably not go back, at least for lunch. There was nothing terribly wrong, but also nothing special about the place. I would be interested to hear about the experience others have had there, esp. for lunch. I have never been to the other locations - what are they like?

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