15 Toronto, 416-366-4567, and others, mercatto.ca
Not everyone can afford an expense-account nosh at pricey Canoe or Nota Bene every day. Or a steak house like Hy's or Barberian's, for that matter. But for those of us trying to impress a client in the downtown core on a budget, this mid-range Italian trat and its three spinoffs are the answer to our prayers. Attitude-free service, gorgeously fatty lamb ribs that don't so much fall from the bone as melt on the tongue and the best pizza on Bay Street bring us back on our own.
Le Select Bistro
432 Wellington West, 416-596-6405, leselect.com