Friends, I'm of the very strong belief that pizza is the best food out there. Seriously. It's hot, cheesy, saucy, and you can pretty much put anything you want on top. Plus, you can never get sick of it. Ever. Not even if it's the only thing you've eaten for a week, because a good pizza? A good pizza is the very best thing in the whole world. And luckily for us, Montreal is full of amazing pizza restaurants. Read on for Best Montreal Pizza Restaurants 2015.
1. Sapori di Napoli
I've written about Sapori di Napoli before, but the sheer awesomeness of this place deserves another mention. First and foremost, Sapori di Napoli serves up some of the most authentic pizzas this side of Italy - and aside form being authentic, they're always fresh, always delicious, and always amazing (also, sidenote, I don't know what they put in their tomato sauce, but OMG). Bonus points for their super homely atmosphere, which basically makes you feel like an Italian Nonna's showering you with love and amazing pizza.
What's the only thing better than having tons of pizza options? Having tons of pizza options where every single pizza is legit. And that's exactly what you'll find at Artigiani. Artigiani features fresh, authentic Italian pizzas, with crispy, doughy crusts and flavourful ingredients. Plus, any place that makes a goat cheese and prosciutto pizza as deliciously as they make it at Artigiani? Yeah. They deserve all the points.
If fresh married delicious and had a pizza baby, then that baby would be the pizza at Mangia Foco. Seriously, the pizza here is that amazing. Crisp, fluffy crusts meet fresh, flavourful ingredients to create a pizza euphoria that you honestly have to taste to believe. Protip: try their "Pizza Catania", which features avocado and fior di latte mozzarella. If this won't make you tear up in pure pizza ecstasy, then nothing will.
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4. No. 900
I'm sure you've seen No. 900's awesome food trucks trekking around town, right? The one with the wood-burning oven built right inside? Well, l've got great news for those of us who've lined up to get a taste of these epic pies: they've got a brick-and-mortar location, and the food is out of this world. Their pizzas are light, simple, tasty, fresh, and inexpensive - which is basically everything you'd want in a meal. On point? On point.
5. Il Focolaio
Well, friends, I hope you like variety. Because at Il Focolaio, you've got variety. There are 75 different types of pizza for you to choose from, which pretty much sounds like my entire definition of paradise. Other than having enough pizza to make sure even the most picky of eaters is satisfied, their food is just straight up delicious. Their dough is light and delicious; their sauce is amazing; and their toppings are fresh and tasty. There really is no going wrong at Il Focolaio, no matter which one of their pizzas you choose.
Okay, real talk, the chances are good that you know about Magpie. One of the more prominent places on the Montreal pizza scene, Magpie boasts pizzas that are quite possibly made out of pure magic. The crusts are thin and fluffy; the toppings are tasty and fresh; and everything is tossed into a wood-burning oven, so you know it's authentically delicious.
Located all the way in the East End (RDP, to be exact), Pizza D'Agostino is a gem and a half. Their pizza? Doughy, cheesy, piping hot, fresh, and all-around amazing. Although D'Agostino is more of a takeout place, I honestly encourage you guys to eat in whenever possible. I came here once with my huge family, plus my cousin from Italy, and we were honestly treated as though we were visiting our aunt or something. Trust me when I tell you that this place is winning.
8. Pizzeria Napoletana
Those of us who aren't new to Montreal's pizza scene know all about Napoletana. And, truth time, we love it. Delicious thin crusts, fresh and flavourful toppings, a zesty tomato sauce that grabs hold of your taste buds and doesn't let go - I mean, what's not to love? Nothing. Everything about Napoletana is completely on point; add in the fact that it's a BYOB, and offers some of the most fair prices in the neighbourhood, and you've got yourself a really awesome pizza place.
Of course, no pizza list is complete without mentioning Amelia's. And that's for one very good reason: their pizza is out of this world amazing. If you've never been, I need you to stop what you're doing, right now, and just go. Just get there. Nothing I write will do the pizza here justice. But I will say this: although all of their pizzas are made with fresh, delicious ingredients, definitley try their famous 5 Cheese pizza. It'll have you weeping tears of pizza happiness, guaranteed.
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Fair warning, friends: Bottega just might become your new favourite pizza restaurant. Okay, fine, you're right, I can't predict those kinds of things. What I can tell you with 100% certainty, though, is that this place is mindblowing. Even a dish as simple as their Margherita - which consists of tomato sauce, mozzarella, tomatoes and basilico - is so, so delicious. My bet is that it has a lot to do with their pizza dough: crispy-yet-fluffy, fresh, and perfectly imperfect thanks to their wood-burning oven.
Adamo is somewhat new to the scene, but their pizzas are already making a big splash. Described as "authentic New York style pizzas", St. Henri's newest addition boasts a beautiful pizza pie with a super thin crust, fresh and tangy tomato sauce, and heaps of delicious cheese. Oh, sidenote: although this pizza's so delicious that you might want to devour a whole one, Adamo sells their pies by the slice. No worries, though, just buy more slices.
If you were to take a look at Gema's menu, you'd see pretty much one thing: pizza. The fact that Gema is literally a pizza restaurant should be a huge testament to its commitment to everyone's favourite pie, but if that doesn't sell you, then the taste will. Gema's flawlessly cooked, thin crusts are the perfect companion to their delicious, fresh, and unique toppings - which include things like porchetta, ricotta salata, and salsa verde. Sounds amazing? Great. That's because it is.
Prato is located right on the Main - but its location isn't the only thing that's amazing. Their pizza? Top. Notch. Not only is their crust crispy and thin, and not only are their toppings super fresh and super tasty, but they wrap it all together with a friendly, warm atmosphere, and super fair prices. And really, is there anything more you could possibly want in an awesome pizza place?
Does pizza heaven exist? Because if it does, then it's actually Nolana. Seriously. First of all, they serve your pizza on a wooden tray, with scissors for you to cut through your delicious, piping hot pizza. If that doesn't up the authenticity factor by about 100, then I don't know what will. And their actual pizza? Straight up, you might just turn into the heart eyes emoji when you taste it.
15. Miss Italia
Alright, full disclosure: Miss Italia is located in the South Shore, so it might be a bit of a trek for those of us on-island. But don't worry, friends, Miss Italia is more than worth the trip. First of all, Miss Italia has been in existence since 1961, which is a cool 54 years. The natural assumption is that any pizza place that's been around for over a half a century must be freaking amazing - and let me tell you, Miss Italia delivers. Try their pizza pies now, and thank me later.