Let’s face it, we are the city that just wants to watch hockey, drink beer... and eat pizza! Happiness is not a box of chocolate my friends; happiness is the circular, oven-baked, flat bread typically topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and oozes “I love you” with every bite. The word “pizza,” which literally means pie in Italian, has become a staple menu item, particularly here in our fair city. Luckily for us, we offer more than just store bought boxed options. SO, here’s a list of 10 places you should probably check out since they are delicious!
Artigiani4657 Rue Saint-Denis Montreal, QC H2J2L3There`s no taste like Napoli, Dorothy, except of course for Artigiani`s version here in Montreal. The wood-fired oven that cooks your pizza is crazy hot. The liquid from the sauce and cheese tend to create a hot, soupy, molten area at the center. You are going to see a varying degree of charring on your pizza, but this is desirable and what makes it authentic. Do sprinkle their chili and oil on any pizza you decide on as it`ll only add to an already amazingly flavorful pie!
Bottega65 Rue St-Zotique E Montréal, QC H2S1K7Behold the wood-burning oven at the back of the restaurant as if it were some kind of high altar. Their dough comes fairly close to the pizza that can be savored back home in Napoli. The name Bottega means workshop, and here is a workshop where pizzas are made in front of you like a true craft. Pizzas that are so good and rich in their simplicity, they could be considered works of art. Can`t go wrong with any of their choices.
Amelios201 Rue Milton Montréal, QC H2X2L1What’s great about this pizza place is the fact that it is also a BYOW. If you’re a McGill student you’ve probably hit it up more than a few times. Their pizza is more American style than others featured on this list, but no less noteworthy. Their white pizza is a heavenly combination of 5 cheeses – mozzarella, brick, parmesan, feta and ricotta. More is always better.Photo credit: Annik MH De Carufel - Le Devoir.
Il Focolaio1223 Carre Phillips Montreal, QC H3B3H3Don`t be overwhelmed by their 75 choices of pizza. The Hitchhikers Guide was clearly wrong. The answer to the universe is: pizza for everyone! English for “fireplace”, here you’ll find traditional thin crust Italian pizza cooked in a Maplewood oven. At roughly $14 a plate, depending how many extra toppings you add, they serve plate-sized pleasing pies!Photo credit: Shut up and eat...
Pizzeria Napoletana189 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K1This is not delissio. Far from it. As their name suggests, they want to serve you up the goodness of Napoli, the birthplace of this godsend dish. They have 41 pizzas to choose from so even the pickiest of eaters will surely find something palette pleasing. Napoletana, topped with mushrooms, mozzarella, tomato sauce, olives, onions and greens peppers, tastes like mamma`s cooking! Feel the love.Photo credit: Dave Sidaway , The Gazette
Pizzeria Magpie16 Maguire Montreal, QC H2T1B9Same owners as Sparrow (5322 boul. St. Laurent), you`ll get a taste of true thin crust pizza. This is simple and traditional pizza. They let their fresh ingredients speak, or should I say, taste, for themselves. Authentic Italian pizza like pizza capricciosa - topped with prosciutto cotto, artichoke hearts, cremini mushrooms, black olives and mild salami – makes for an excellent choice.
Van Horne Pizzeria1505 Ave Van Horne Montréal, QCYou don’t eat gluten? Okay, we feed you pizza. Who knew the Greeks were down with pie? Expect a thick crust, heavy and greasy, but in the good way, kind of pizza. The Sicilian features anchovies, capers and fresh tomatoes and makes for a salty yet satisfying meal. Their namesake pizza which is a traditional all dressed pizza with added bacon, olives and anchovies and onions is a must try.
Prato3891 Boulevard St-Laurent Montréal, QC H2W1Y2Often overlooked since their neighbors just so happens to be Schwartz’s, this pizzeria has been open to the public for years and has its own loyal fans. Pizzas are baked in an oven that features prominently in the restaurant. The pizzas are oval and are served on an aluminum plate, and you’ve got plenty to choose from on their menu. Aside from pizzas, they make a delicious mammoth sized calzone!
Café International6714 Boulevard St-Laurent Montréal, QC H2S3C7Many probably wouldn’t think to go to a café for a slice of pizza, however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find quite the tasty pie. This café is particularly booming during terasse season and makes for the perfect spot to people-watch in Little Italy. Some have been coming here since it opened in 1968! Here you can find a traditional mozzarella, roquette salad, pesto and mortadella at its freshest.
Bevo Bar + Pizzeria410 Rue Saint Vincent Montreal, QC H2Y3A6Generous toppings are as appealing to the eye as they are the stomach. Get ready for a sweet surprise with the sauce. Their straight up margherita pizza, the queen of all pizzas, which uses mozzarella fior di latte, basil and tomato sauce is anything but simple. Craving for something even sweeter? Their signature Nutella pizza is a game changer.
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Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here.