The ‘Fast Casual’ trend has taken over the Italian market as it meets the needs of our generation’s busy lifestyle. We combine the convenience of “fast food” with homemade-quality Italian cuisine, while offering you an elegant dining atmosphere.
Our chefs prepare everything on our menu from scratch using only the finest ingredients available (local and organic whenever possible). From our homemade 72-hour natural fermentation breads and Roman pizzas, to our naturally raised meats that never contain hormones or antibiotics, we invite you to enjoy the quality side of cuisine.
Before one of our knowledgeable and courteous staff serves you, you can see all of the menu items in Mercasa’s gorgeous displays. No need to wait for a server or make a reservation. Simply satisfy your craving for authentic Italian food and relax in our dining room or grab it to go.
Mercasa founder and executive chef Tom Mercante has an extensive and diverse hospitality portfolio. From a very young age you could find Tom in the kitchen alongside his mother, both at home and in their family restaurant in Downtown Brantford.
The Mercante family is from Castelli in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Tom’s mother Antonia and her family are from Anagni in the Lazio region, just outside of Rome. Annual family visits to Italy from when Tom was a child, to current day with his wife and two young boys, fuel Chef Tom’s culinary passion.
Fascinated by the culinary world from a young age, Tom has traveled Italy and the world searching for new culinary inspiration. Sharing regional Italian cuisine, including the traditional Roman style pizza with his Brantford community has always been part of his dream.
Thank you for your support. It’s our absolute pleasure to serve you.
The Mercasa family.
It was our first time ordering from Mercasa Little Italy. I requested a quote through Bark, Tom responded quickly and the ordering process was seamless. The food arrived on time and was delicious. We look forward to the next time. Thank you! More...
Excellent food, great service! Highly recommend this restaurant.
Maybe the best italian eatery i ever been on my travels. The food is like the real italian kitchen, and it is tasty! Very nice and clean location, and very professional and passionate staff!! 5 stars.
Love the food! Great staff too!
Shelley Taaffe Murray
delicious!!! consistent quality and taste ❤
It’s the Best Authenticate Pizza
Lucia Di Cesare
We had a casual backyard party for my mom and Tom brought a magnificent antipasto board with a selection of amazing pizzas! And these are not your every day pizzas, they are gourmet, made in the proper Roma style tradition. More...
Amazing food and great staff! Would recommend Mercasa to everyone!
Good stuff! Super pleasant staff member who knew her stuff, made recommendations. Don't forget the gelato! We had an orange cream and a serving of a peanut butter/Nutella one. Good quality food well priced. Constructive criticism would be to whom I think was the owner/manager, if you are going to linger around in the restaurant at least smile or engage the customers It can make a huge difference in people wanting to support an independent business. More...
Tom and the Mercasa squad catered a family wedding recently and we are still hearing rave reviews about the food and service. He was extremely accommodating to concerns with allergies and food sensitivities. The food was hot, fresh and delicious and the service was friendly and welcoming. Thanks for the amazing job! More...
All my favourite foods under one roof! Antipasto and pizza , pasta and gelato ❤️ Prices more than reasonable. Delicious
Went in today it was delicious , I had the prime rib on fresh in house made ciabatta bread with there homemade potato chips . My wife had the Pizza and commented how it was a whole new level of pizza . The Ace Hill wasnt too shabby either. Thanks Again More...
Awesome Bread baked every morning early.
Great atmosphere! Delicious food!! Absolutely will be going back ❤
I hosted a private event for clients at Mercasa and everything about the event was perfect - the food, the atmosphere, the service and the value. I will definitely be back again!
Just ordered a family pasta meal and it was fantastic! Delicious and fresh tasting, huge portions, excellent value! Thank you! ☺️
Tom, I would like to express our appreciation for your generosity in support of the United Way Oxford. You made the experience a most memorable one.
Tom, of Mercasa Banquet Services is someone who I would recommend to any person I meet. Tom and his team exceeded all expectations and were so accommodating -the reviews of the soups were outstanding and warmed the hearts of everyone... we sold out completely and I was already asked if we can bring back Mercasa next year ! Not only was Tom a pleasure to work with, he went above and beyond what was asked. At our location, we have a kitchen, however no stove - Tom had let us borrow induction burners to keep all soups hot and enjoyable. Every step was taken to ensure this event ran smoothly and was successful - all for donation purpose- which speaks volumes of the care and passion Tom and his team puts into everything that they do.
Tom, it is people like you and your team that help communities grow stronger together and make such a difference in the world. Thank you truly for a delicious meal, fantastic hospitality and the passion you and your team bring. More...
Joan L. Mailing
Mercasa is true authentic Italian Food. The staff are very knowledgable and know their product they are serving. Capichino is just awesome.
It is worth the drive to experience a 'Little Italy' in the city of Brantford.
I'll be back. More...
The best pizza I’ve ever had!!! Can’t wait to enjoy again soon!!!
Natalie Carret Petrella
Delicious, authentic Italian food in a clean, welcoming eatery. Something for everyone, kids and adults alike! Definitely returning!
Had lunch and it was awesome. Great food and great value.
Best Pizza I’ve had this side of Italy. Fresh ingredients, so nice to see pride put into food! Fantastic!
Exceptional food and amazing service. I really enjoyed my time at the hall and my family was treated very well. I would recommend for your next event you considering using Mercasa Banquet Services.
Amazing food and great service! Tom and his team are excellent caterers and really go the extra mile for their clients. You won't be disappointed when you book with Mercasa!
J P De Prosperis
Did my son's first communion reception last spring and it was amazing! Very much like a mini Italian wedding. Tom and his staff were very professional and precise with every detail. Food was amazing and authentic! We'll use Mercasa again for sure! More...
Amazing authentic Italian meal. Picked up bolognese lasagna and 3 different types of pizza. All delicious! Congrats to Tom and Jen in this new adventure.
Theresa Healey Fuller
Amazing quality food, very professional staff and top notch! Used the services for a corporate event and all of our clients were very impressed! Great job! Tom made the process very simple! More...
It’s hard to find pizza this good in Italy ! Can’t wait to try the rest of the menu �
Tom provided all the banquet services for our wedding and we couldn't have asked for any better, all of your guests are still commenting on the quality, taste and presentation of the food. Apparently there are some who have already contacted Tom Mercante about catering their events. More...
Just came back from a 10 day cruise thru Italy, craving Roman Pizza and canollis...thank you Mercasa for taking me back to my vacay. Fantastic food and the staff were super friendly. Definitely be back! � More...
Sooooo amazingly delicious. All of it!!! We had Chicken Cacciatore, 3 kinds of pizza, cannoli’s and gelato. Can not say enough about the deliciousness that is Mercasa. Definitely will be back.
Diana Tamburri Bodnar
Tom Mercante is absolutely fabulous;he and all his staff made our wedding absolutely phenomenal. It surpassed all our expectations.
The food was fantastic, authentic Italian cuisine at it's best. Our guests were raving at how great everything tasted and was presented. Thank you Tom for everything you did to ensure our wedding went off without a hitch. You helped me more then words can say. My mom was also speechless and that's hard to do. Darek and I are so gratful. I would recommend Mercasa Banquet Services to anyone looking to have a night to remember. Again absolutly FABULOUS!!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Grazia!
Darek and Diana Bodnar More...
Tom mercante catered our wedding reception his crew an himself did an amazing job the food was fantastic I wish him all the best for his restaurant himself an his chef's an his whole entire crew I want to say congratulations . I would highly recommend anybody who is looking for a great place to eat to come to Mercasa an talk to Tom Mercante More...
Combined about 5 different kinds of pizza to make a while and every combination I tried was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to go back and try the cannoli, gelato, and Nutella pizza! Yum.
Mercasa catered my baby shower & it was perfect. They made the process so easy and the quality and presentation was a showstopper!
I will definitely be using them again! More...
“When in Rome...” they say - No need !!!
Tom makes the best Pizza this side of Italy, hands down. Mercasa’s is the Real Deal !!!
Amazing! BELLISSIMO! Highly Recommend! Everything was Amazing ..Food Delicious and Atmosphere great vibe!
The pizza is amazing!!!!! Our family favourite. And it is hard to pick one because they are all great but the" viva la figa" is our go to. The caesar salad is also delicious!!!! And super friendly and helpful staff More...
Bit pricey but worth it for the quality. I had stuffed chicken with asparagus, two sides.Was delicious and a nice change for a bite to eat for lunch. I wish there was a lunch special sometime in the week though Will be back to try a artisan pizza More...
Tom mercante catered our company Christmas party. Mercasa did an amazing job and the food was fantastic. All my staff complemented on the great choice for catering. We will certainly continue to use Tom’s services and will recommend to others. Tom, thanks to you and all your staff. I wish you great success for the restaurant and all your staff. I would highly recommend the restaurant and their catering services. Thanks Tom Mercante on behalf of myself and the entire Girardin crew. More...
Soooooo good!! If you haven't been in yet you must check it out!!
friendly service..good food
Had the fish and veggies. Excellent food and excellent service!
Mercasa catered our wedding this past Saturday for approx 110 guests here in Hamilton. From the beginning, everything went great. Tom helped us plan our menu to include everything we wanted. We met with him several times to go over everything in detail and sample the menu. He was always available by email which was great. We started our evening with the antipasto buffet which was stunning. We had so many compliments from guests stating it was the best they’ve ever seen with lots of variety of meats, cheeses, breads, etc. The serving staff looked so professional and were welcoming guests with hors d'oeuvres. The goat cheese/ jam/ puff pastry was our favourite! We had our dinner buffet style and had the lasagna, panko chicken, shrimp skewers and vegetables. It was served hot and on time. The staff served the buffet which went quick so all 110 guests had their dinner within 15 minutes. Everything was delicious- the lasagna and chicken were the best I’ve ever had. On tables we had family style salad and bread with garlic butter- a perfect compliment to the buffet dinner. Clearing the tables happened right away and the staff replenished water when needed. Our late night table had a variety of gourmet pizzas and porchetta paninis. The porchetta and buns were fresh and cooked to perfection. His specialty pizzas were everyone’s favourite. This was all beyond our expectations. I would trust Mercasa with any event and will definitely be going to them again in the future. More...
Five stars.... I went in to pick up an order I placed over the phone and it seemed pretty busy the poor girl at the register ended up getting stuck on the phone but found someone to help me. Ordered a family meal #1 and it was ready they were fast and very nice. They even wished me a happy birthday. More...
great pizza and the homemade chip's are fantastic. prices are very reasonable.
absolutely amazing! had the pleasure of trying their food at my friend's wedding. the prime rib was the best I've ever had! from the starting appetizer to main course EVERYTHING was insanely good. great food and great people! More...
Tyler R.J. Couperus
Great food and awesome service.
So good! Best spot for lunch In Brantford
I just realized I haven’t left a review for what has to be hands down my favourite place to eat. I have to first off start by saying if you haven’t tried the Viva la Figa pizza yet you are missing out! The combination of ingredients in this pizza get all your taste buds firing, the sweetness from the balsamic, the freshness from the arugula and the salt from the prosciutto is just to die for, every visit it’s the slice I get along with my other favourites. The ever changing specials and promotion of local produce, craft beer options and wine make this fine Italian Eatery a place that must be visited. The friendly and knowledgeable staff and always welcoming atmosphere make it worth the drive from Cambridge. Tom and Jen have helped us celebrate our wedding with their catering and celebrated our daughters baptism with their available room to rent. They always make us feel like family whenever we visit and I highly recommend Mercasa to anyone who wants a high class meal and an amazing price! Congrats guys! Also I’d like to add my little girl absolutely loves the gelato! More...
Went to Mercasa Little Italy Eatery for lunch today and was not disappointed. Got a sandwich and kettle style chips. The service was fast, efficient and friendly. The staff all had smiles on their faces. This restaurant is passionate about food quality. The menu is clear, concise, easy to read and there is an option for everyone. My sandwich was so fresh and delicious. The kettle style chips were perfect and well seasoned. I will definitely be back because there are many things that I MUST try. This restaurant is highly recommended. More...
Omg food is so good. My daughter and I have our new mother daughter hangout
Carol Yarek Reynolds
Went into Brantford last night to do some shopping, found this little gem by accident. We seen the sign outside said Vino & Gelato OKAY! ! Went is and instantly greeted by happy staff eager to help us select our meal, it's cafeteria style you can dine in, have a glass of wine, enjoy authentic Italian fare. They make everything from scratch and even the Gelato is in house made, delicious, my only problem was choosing a flavor they all looked so good. Everything was excellent will certainly entertain going back again and the staff is beyond friendly, loved our experience thank you Mercasa! More...
Had takeout pizza. It was fantastic, even after the trip from Brantfors to Scotland. Can’t wait to try the pastas and chicken parm. Highly recommend.
Finally had the chance to have lunch here. Wow Tom!!!!! Your food is the absolute best. So fresh and tasty. Sorry I missed you. Congrats on the best restaurant in town! More...
Amazing pizza! Good service
Friendly staff, lovely bistro and delicious food. My 3yo daughter is in LOVE with the pistachio gelato :)
I couldn't find the 10 star rating.
Tonight we tried Mercasa for the first time. It was my husband, myself and our 3 small girls (age 3/3/4). 2 girls had pizza, one pasta, my husband had chicken on a bun and I had pizza. Everything was delicious! Our only disappointment was the serving size of our daughters pasta. When a four year old can eat it quicker than an adult can eat a slice of pizza .there just wasn’t enough. I ended up having to purchase another serving.... which ended up coming with more the second time around. So maybe more consistent with serving sizes would be wonderful so we know what to expect for next time. She loved it so much she asked for a 3rd helping to take home (a testament to how delicious it was) Our girls loved the pizza and the pasta - such a hit and we loved our food also. I’m happy to have a local Italian choice available now Thanks for the great dinner tonight, we will be back soon. More...
Love your pizza! We’ve taken home a mix and match box a few times. Consistently really good. I highly recommend.
My first visit to Mercasa, I took my son for lunch on a Saturday afternoon - the casual, cafeteria style dining was very comfortable (great if you're short on time, too) and the staff was super friendly. We both had a piece of pizza and some gelato... absolutely delicious! Stopped by again the following Thursday after ball just to grab a slice for the kids lunches and again - service was excellent (even though it was closing time...oops...) and the pizza was perfect. I now have two kiddos (and myself) that are in love with the pizza and looking forward to trying more. This will definitely become a regular stop for us! More...
The food was good. Like the cafeteria style
The pizza is incredible and their daily specials taste as authentic as you will get outside of Italy. Like being back in the old country! Loved it!
Just had our first Mercasa experience and it was a hit. First, a special shout out to the service behind the counter, every single person was friendly and beyond helpful walking us through dining a little differently. Food was excellent, particularly the C7 sandwich � More...
Excellent food, great atmosphere and friendly staff. I hosted my sons baptism at Mercasa and the food, dessert and service was exceptional. Thank you to Tom, Nate and the rest of the team at Mercasa. More...
We have been twice now and loved it both times. The pasta of the day is delicious and fresh. The pizza is fantastic. The potato one is amazing! The gelato is incredible. I love gelato and all the flavours we have tried have been really fresh and creamy. We highly recommend trying this place out. More...
Tried a few different kinds of pizza and everything was delicious. My whole family loved it. I will be back for sure!
Excellent! Great size, decent price, A+ Service especially for being so new, and great new niche options for Brantford. The gelato in store was a nice touch. Also the diningarea looks great for business meetings and group dinners. More...
So tasty! Fresh ingredients!
The food was good but it wasn't what I was expecting as far as atmosphere is concerned. It's cafeteria style service which was a bit disappointing as I thought I was going to a sit down service resteraunt. There didn't seem to be any kid friendly options. My kids ended up sharing a piece of lasagna, which they liked but had they not been willing to share, there would have been way too much food for them. I had the special which was also good. I would definately head over again for lunch or a quick meal to take home. The food was really good. More...
Get ready for something different in your area, Ladies and Gentlemen!We found great place for buffet type food, means cooked for you and ready to serve at the time you pop in! Italian beer, pretty delicate and tasty, or other drinks, why not?Contemporary, spacy, full of light dining room, with gentle fresh touch of design. Big screen TV. Suited for any ages.you have at least fife choices:_ ordering on line, _ by phone,_just get in and order.Also it's a catering place for your occasions.Or come and sit there, while enjoying your food. Must be good for fast and great quality food for lunch! They even have an outside tables at front. I had fried mushrooms, rapini and meat ball. Oh, baby, you should taste it! My husband had very-very tasty pasta with meat balls. There are more meals. Try breads! Veriety of unusual pizzas is very tempting. Dessert we had : Cannoli and Gelato. Yam! Tania and Jim Thomson More...
Had lunch there on Friday. The choices were many. The food was delicious. Clearly made fresh that day. Without question a great new spin on grab and go food. We were so impressed with the quality of the food that Mercasa is catering our daughter’s 3rd birthday next week. Check this place out Brantford!! More...
Joan L. Mailing
Absolutely Amazing! Everything is out-of-this-world with flavor. Italy has finally arrived to Btfd. Thank you Mercasa for planting your store in this city.
Absolutely amazing!!! ��� The best pizza around!
Great atmosphere, great food, great desserts, great Gelato, and great staff. What Else can u ask for Its the Bessshhht
“When in Rome...” they say - No need !!! Tom makes the best Pizza this side of Italy, hands down. Mercasa’s is the Real Deal !!!
Cannot say enough good things ! The food was a solid 14/10. And the gentlemen preparing it were just as fabulous !
A HUGE Thank You to Tom and his team for making a special Birthday Celebration a #SWEET success!! The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the presentation was outstanding. Having Mercassa cater, allowed us to focus on our guests and enjoying the party. More...
Outstanding food and great service! Had a great time with the family and looking forward to going back for an abundance of high quality exceptional food! Be sure to check them out or for your next large event! More...
Great service, great price and delicious, creative menu.
Mercasa and team truly care about the Brantford community. Congrats and amazing night hosting the Charity of Hope "Jazz for Lovers" event. Exciting Atmosphere, Great Service, Delicious Food and an over all amazing evening! THANK YOU! More...
Thank you Mercasa for the amazing and delicious food last night! Your catering made our event 5 stars all around!