Bar Mercurio - Toronto's Hidden Gem!

Welcome to Bar Mercurio - Consistently first-class fine Italian fare marks this well-liked Annex trattoria, where such welcome standards as Caesar salad and wood-fired pizza.

As the kind of spot Marlon Brando or Frank Sinatra might show up for a 'za and a glass of malbec, this hip Annex trattoria is a standout for a lot of reasons. Take, for example, our consistently yummy pies that tumble out of our state-of-the-art, imported-from-Italy pizza oven. Or the eight interesting by-the-glass wines that flow from the on-site Enomatic machine (picked at the owner's discretion and subject to seasonal change-ups).

Or the fresh pasta and tomato sauce prepared to exacting standards in the Mercurio kitchen. Or perhaps it's simply our comfy atmosphere — intimate enough to be date-worthy but quaint enough to host a solo experience with gusto — and the attentive, personalized service that flourishes within it.

What the press say about us....

Scrumpdillyicious says....

'Every city has its legendary spots that everyone agrees are terrific as well as hidden gems that magically capture the mood of a neighbourhood. Bar Mercurio is such a place. A charming and unpretentious Italian trattoria, this little darling in the Annex has been serving simple Italian fare to professors, politicians and neighbourhood devotés for almost 15 years. A stylish restaurant, Bar Mercurio's allure is as much about the setting as it is about the food. 

Opened in 1997 by Giuseppe (Joe) Mercurio, this charming and romantic little bijou offers an extensive Italian-inspired menu featuring thin crust wood-fired pizzas, robust soups, sinfully delicious pastas as well as grilled veal chops, steak-frites and a small menu with daily specials'

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Toronto Life says....

A favourite with professors on long (and liquid) lunches, this slick Annex haunt dishes up rustic Italian fare with unpretentious service. Individual thin-crust pizzas, made to order in a scorching hot oven, are the standout. The Buffola features imported buffalo mozzarella, which forms a thick blanket over meaty, stewed plum tomatoes and a crust with a near–rice cracker crunch. Instead of the advertised artichoke hearts, our 12-inch pie comes strewn with dollops of rough-chopped fresh basil pesto. Simple but satisfying, this vegetarian lunch pairs equally well with a selection from the ample wine list or a simple bottle of San Pellegrino.

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Time Out Toronto says.....

Among a sea of fast-food chains and pubs spilling over with students, this European bar stands out from the crowd. Lean on the marble counter as the day begins, sip a latte and nibble on a brioche. Food is available all day - through lunch and late into the evening for dinner. Best bets are the home-made pastas, especially gnocchi in a gorgonzola sauce and the Pasta Mercurio, broad noodles in a duck ragoût scented with black truffle. Wines are plentiful and the place hums with a low-key buzz. Kitty-corner is the bar's stylish cousin, L'Espresso; in good weather, lounge on the street-side patio. 

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