Alright, I'm going to be honest. I, like 99.5% of the population, love pizza. But sometimes, for me, a slice of cheesy, doughy, chewy pizza just won't cut it. Sometimes, I'm craving something else. Sometimes, I'm craving some authentic, thin-crust, crunchy, delicious Italian pizza.
I know, I know, we're not in Italy. Authentic Italian pizza is kind of a pipe dream in Montreal, right? Wrong, friends. So, so wrong. In Montreal, we have a seriously thriving pizza scene, rife with all kinds of delicious options for this doughy treat - and our authentic Italian pizza game is legitimately on point. Don't know where to find authentic Italian pizza in Montreal? Well, don't worry. That's what I'm here for. Read on for Best Montreal Restaurants That Serve Authentic Italian Pizza 2016.
Alright, straight up: The pizza here is so good that it actually melts in your mouth. Seriously. Although the fresh and tasty toppings are amazing at Bevo, what really sells the pizza here? The dough. It's cooked to perfection in their wood burning oven, crispy on the outside and oh-so fluffy on the inside, and flavoured beautifully so that it lends a complexity to whatever pizza dish you've chosen. Mouthwatering? You know it.
Friends, it's no secret that Gema is one of my faves. I honestly can't tell what I love best about this Little Italy pizza spot, though. First of all, the quality and freshness of their ingredients? Top notch. You can honestly taste how amazing every single ingredient is, and their dishes are made so that everything shines - yet blends beautifully together. Their dishes incorporate both the traditional and modern, and although everything is mindblowing, my personal fave is their "Vetri", featuring melt-in-your-mouth mortadella, pistachio pesto, and Quebec mozzarella di Bufala (!!!). Get there now, friends, and thank me later.
3. Sapori Di Napoli
I've shown this Ahuntsic pizza spot a lot of love in the past, but this place deserves infinite shout outs. Literally everything on the menu is fresh, tasty, cooked perfectly, and super authentic - but since this is a pizza article, let's focus on that. In a word, everything is amazing. The dough is flavourful, crisp-yet-chewy, and awesome; the toppings are fresh and delicious, and their pizza options seem to be almost endless. Protip, though? Try their "Salsiccia" pizza, which features Italian sausage and is lowkey better than the one my Nonna makes at home. (Sorry, Nonna.)
Fiorellino has been open for a couple of months now, but it's already making some serious waves in Montreal. Their awesome, authentic pizzas are definitely a huge part of their (rightfully earned) hype, though. Their menu features both red (with sauce) and white (without sauce) pizzas, and honestly, both styles are amazing - one allows for the complex flavours of the dough and toppings to shine through, while the other adds their flavourful and fresh tomato sauce into the mix. It's a personal preference, but honestly, you can't go wrong no matter what you choose to eat here. Everything it top quality and cooked amazingly well - so no matter what you pick, you're in for a good time, friends.
Okay, where my seafood lovers at? Not only does Nolana offer up some of the most legit and tasty pizzas in Montreal - all of which feature a deliciously thin, crisp crust - but their contemporary selection of pizzas include a pizza topped with fresh, tasty octopus, making it the perfect choice for those of us who are completely obsessed with seafood. Of course, if you're not feeling that, they've got tons of other options as well - including one that features lemon ricotta and zucchini, and another one with porchetta and salsa verde. Delicious? Delicious.
Located in Little Italy, Bottega has some of the most authentic Italian pizza you'll find in Montreal. Their menu is super varied, so that no matter what you're feeling, there's pretty much something for everyone (like the "Tartufo Nero", featuring egg and black truffle; or the "Caprese", with San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, and mozzarella di Bufala) But it doesn't really matter what you pick, to be honest. Their dough is always cooked perfectly - crisp, fluffy, airy, and charred in just the right places - drenched in their tasty tomato sauce, and smothered in the freshest toppings. Pizza lovers, you know where to get yourself.
7. Bella Italiana
Truth time: I'm totally obsessed with this St. Leonard restaurant. Their calamari are amazing; their ice cream is out of this world; and their pizza? Yeah, their pizzas just might be actual works of art, no joke. Consistently delicious, these dishes feature thin and crunchy crusts, delicious ingredients, and huge portions, which make for one seriously awesome meal. My personal fave? Their pizza featuring prosciutto, arugula, and truffle oil - but their options are super varied, so that no matter what you're feeling, you know they've got your back. Try this spot out the next time a pizza craving hits, friends, and prepare to be hooked.
This super popular Montreal pizza joint features crispy, thin crust, and fresh, flavourful toppings - and although their pizza is amazing, it's their atmosphere that scores some serious bonus points. Prato is super friendly and warm, making it the perfect spot to grab a bite with friends, family, or a date; and their prices? Yeah. Beyond fair. I don't know about you guys, but an awesome vibe, awesome food, and awesome prices? Yeah, that's pretty much pizza perfection to me.
Alright, first of all, I'd just like to get this out of the way: MangiaFoco features a mozzarella bar, so those of you who are cheese fiends (like me), rejoice. Okay, now that we've gotten the cheese out of the way, let's get to the pizza. And, friends, the pizza at MangiaFoco is seriously, mouthwateringly awesome. Their toppings are fresh and delicious, and combined in such a way so that they work incredibly well together - their "Caprini" pizza, with goat cheese, pancetta, and lemon zest, is particularly delicious - and their dough? Omg, their dough. Thin, chewy, with just the right amount of crunch, the pizza crust at MangiaFoco is clearly a huge standout. Fans of pizza, get yourselves there.
This classic Little Italy eatery scores all the points for being one of the few BYOB restaurants in the area. Oh, also? Their pizza is pretty much pure magic. Imagine a crispy, super thin, flavourful crust acting as a bed for all the freshest and most delicious ingredients (Sidenote: the Donatella, with ricotta, arugula, and prosciutto? Pretty much gives me life, no lie). Did you imagine? Beautiful. Now get yourself there, so you can experience all of this legit happiness for yourself.