If you want a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, there’s no better neighbourhood to visit than Montreal’s Little Italy. Here is a sampling of Little Italy’s outstanding Italian eateries.
Casa Napoli 6728 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Established in 1979, Casa Napoli has become an institution in Montreal’s Little Italy. Serving up both Northern and Southern Italian fare, including a wealth of excellent veal, seafood, steak and pasta dishes, Casa Napoli also offers an unparalleled selection of wines. The classic, romantic setting is perfect for a tête-à-tête meal or for group events (the reception room can accommodate up to 250 people). In the summer, Casa Napoli’s outdoor terrace can fit up to 60 people.
Pizzeria Napoletana 189 Dante Street
With over 30 kinds on the menu, Napoletana’s pizzas offer a wide and varied selection of ingredients from asparagus and artichokes to shrimp and smoked salmon. The restaurant also offers over 26 kinds of freshly made pasta dishes. Pizzeria Napoletana is a great place to bring the whole family so they can see what authentic pizza tastes like. www.napoletana.com/
Café Via Dante 251 Dante Street
This casual café and trattoria serves delicious home-style Italian food in an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere. One of their specialties is their home-made gnocchis with a Bolognese sauce. Follow that with rabbit and polenta or veal Milanese with saffron risotto. They also serve a beautiful fresh lobster ravioli in a rosé sauce. Café Via Dante offers fantastic daily lunch and dinner specials. www.facebook.com/Cafe-Via-Dante-104158659649443/
La Cornetteria 6528 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
La Cornetteria Italian bakery and coffee shop offers up freshly baked traditional Italian desserts and breakfast pastries and is especially famous for their authentic cornetti made in a variety of flavours and variations; hazelnut, chocolate, alla marmelata, alla ricotta, and more. They also serve a mean canolli. www.lacornetteria.com/
Café International 6714 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Since its opening in 1968, Café International has offered an authentic and warm ambiance and has become a landmark in Little Italy. This family run restaurant is the ideal spot to indulge in one of their world class espressos or their array of mouth watering dishes served up by a team chefs headed by Cordon Bleu accredited Chef Marco Arcaro. During the warm summer months, customers can enjoy Café International’s delightful dishes outside on the terrace. www.vieuxshack.com/cafe.html
Pile ou Glace 7084 St-Laurent Boulevard
For an excellent and authentic Italian ice, try the Pile ou Glace gelateria. Enjoy an espresso, grab a sandwich or indulge in their variety of gelati while sitting on the terrace in the summer sun. Or get a gelato to go and stroll along vibrant St-Laurent Boulevard.
Primo & Secondo 7023, St-Dominque Street
Critics and connoisseurs agree that Primo & Secondo serves up the best pasta sauces in town. Prepared in small batches and never stored, their sauces offer the best and freshest taste with every bite. They also offer great veal, fish, risotto and more. Featuring original family recipes for every dish on the menu, Primo & Secondo also offers an exclusively Italian wine list as well as a selection of fine port, Scotches and Cognacs. primoesecondo.ca/
La Via Roma 7064 Boul Saint-Laurent
Tucked in the heart of Little Italy, Via Roma welcomes you on its terrace both summer and winter, thanks to its glass roof. On the menu, you’ll find typical Italian meals: osso bucco, veal, pasta, pizza, fish, and homemade gnocchi. To accompany your meal, Via Roma offers a varied wine list. This cozy spot is perfect for a family get together, or a romantic date. restaurant-viaroma.com/
Jean Talon Market 7070 Henri-Julien Avenue
The Jean-Talon Market is a real Montreal institution. Founded in 1933, the Market is open year-round and offers a multitude of services. Besides the farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, this impressive public market also boasts a deli, a bakery, cheese, pastry, and chocolate shops, a florist – in fact, what can you not find at the largest outdoor market in North America? www.marchespublics-mtl.com/English/Jean-Talon/
The list could go on and on; Little Italy is a veritable food lover’s paradise. This is just a small sampling of some of the delightful eateries to be discovered in Montreal’s Little Italy. As you get to know the neighbourhood, you’re sure to find little gems that will keep you coming back for more.
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