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Mezzetta

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on April 11, 2007 / review policy

The spread at MezzettaFinding Mezzetta Restaurant is like stumbling across a hidden treasure... right there in midtown Toronto. Not only does this St. Clair West hideaway offer up great service and irresistible value, they've got a truly original menu you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in town.

Here, the cuisine is a little bit Greek, a lot Middle Eastern and completely served up mezzes style. Mezzes, if you've never heard the term, are of small dishes meant for sharing, much like Spanish tapas.

I arrive with two friends and we order the standard "Dinner for Three". The deal includes our choice of 15 different dishes from the menu along with pita for $15 per person. Dishes are regularly $3.50 each. Though we have a meat-lover and a vegetarian in tow, both are quite pleased with their options.

Inside MezzettaWe order and soon the procession of aromas and colourful dishes begins... Tabouli Salad, Persian Rice, Chicken Cigars, Fantastic Falafel, Fried Yams, Beef Sambousak, Spinach Boureka, Herbed Eggplant, and Houmous are just a few of the orders.

Colourful spread...Highlights include the Beef Sambousak (minced beef wrapped in puff pastry and dressed with mezziki) and Tabouli Salad (cucumber, tomato, onion, crushed wheat, chick peas, mint and lots of parsley). A well balanced mix of slight and strong flavours made each bite an absolute pleasure.

MezzesLess impressive were the Chicken Cigars (chicken-liver pate in phyllo, deep fried and served with tahina sauce) and Cheese Boureka (Cheese-filled puff pastry sprinkled with sesame seeds). While still enjoyable, we had to check to the menu to remember what was in these phyllo cigars as there was just not enough filling to carry the meaty flavours across. Same goes for the bourekas -- don't be shy with the cheese, please.

our tableWe cleared all 15 dishes with ease and though quite satisfied, still agreed to order up some Baklava for dessert. Almonds, walnuts, cinnamon and cardamom layered between phyllo and drizzled with orange blossom. It tasted just as good as it sounds.

BaklavaWith that perfect ending, we were on our way, but not before noticing a specials board near the entrance. Just when we thought it couldn't get much better, we notice that Mondays bring half-price dishes to the table.

MezzettaGuess you know where I'll be next Monday.

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Mezzetta Cafe & Restaurant
681 St. Clair Avenue West
(at Christie St)
(416) 658-5687

Open weekdays for lunch and dinner, weekends for dinner only.
Also featuring live music on Wednesdays.




Discussion

11 Comments

frank / April 11, 2007 at 09:24 am
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I Love this place! Between the quality food and the daily price specials (on top of the ones you've mentioned, i believe tuesdays every dish is a toonie) this is definitely a destination for a friendly gathering, a first date or just because you're in the neighbourhood. My only problem with this review is that you've let the freakin' cat outta the bag, Tanja!!!!
Dave Mac / April 11, 2007 at 03:28 pm
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This place sounds incredible! I have been looking for somewhere unique with a cozy fun atmosphere to take my girl, and this looks like a hit! Great review.
Andrea / April 11, 2007 at 06:55 pm
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This is one of the places I've been craving. I went a few years ago and I haven't been back since, only because it's out of my way. But I will definitely go back soon.

I loved the swordfish...
Steve / April 20, 2007 at 12:32 am
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this place is a dump!
Kev / July 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm
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What a great experience!
laurel / August 6, 2008 at 12:13 pm
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this place is amazing, especially the green bean dish and the houmous. YUM.
david / February 12, 2009 at 07:21 pm
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Gotta say this place makes for a fine (first, second, ...) date spot. Most of the food (except the fish, and several items the author noted) is good--I really liked the spicy lamb sausage.
Connoisseur26 / August 24, 2009 at 04:58 pm
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Heaven, I love the atmosphere, the food, the people. All around good vibes.
AZ / August 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm
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Hubbie and I just went here for his bday and we absolutely loved it. The waitress wes very knowledgable and the food was wonderful!
jorge uriarte / December 4, 2011 at 01:04 am
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I thought you were rewieving SPANISH food.Spain is very far away from the Midle East
Suz / August 10, 2012 at 01:03 pm
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One of my favorite. Love their food. Daily deals are great if you want to explore more.

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