Here are 20 authentic Italian restaurants in Montreal for when you just need some comfort food.\nThis list represents a variety of styles and menus and can appeal to a range of budgets.\nPlanning a date with your favourite person? Try one of these spots!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThroughout the winter, I am one of the many Montreal locals who find comfort and warmth is carb-filled dishes. Italian is, for many of us, the most comforting food you can find. Pasta, pizza, and everything in between, Italians know what they are doing when it comes to food. In celebration of the Italian culinary tradition in the city and in recognition of the season of comfort food, we've put together a list of some of the most popular and authentic Italian restaurants in Montreal.\nToday, according to Statistics Canada data, as many as 380,000 people in Montreal claim Italian descent.\nWhat began as a small community of just 5,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, according to a 2012 Gazette article by Marco Micone, has spread across the metropolitan area and become a driving force when it comes to the food scene in this city.\nNow, throughout Little Italy, downtown, Old Montreal, and the East End, there are a ton of incredible and authentic Italian restaurants to pick from.\nThis list covers everything from the hole-in-the-wall mainstays to some celebrated newcomers.\nRegardless of your budget, Italian food is there for you.\nDa Emma\nWhere: 777 Rue de la Commune O.\nView this post on Instagram Tsé, quand tu manges à la même place que #vindiesel ❤️ #priceless A post shared by Karine Lessard (@karine_lessard1) on Nov 1, 2019 at 5:19pm PDT\nDa Emma is more than a restaurant, it is a Montreal institution.\nChef Emma Risa and her husband left Italy to come to Montreal and, in 1993, opened their popular eatery.\nDa Emma even attracts a few celebrities.\nIf you are looking to be part of this dining experience, you should know that reservations are hard to get so you might want to book in advance.\nVisit the restaurant Facebook page here!\nArtigiani\nWhere: 4657 Rue Saint-Denis\nView this post on Instagram Cherchez-vous l’endroit parfait pour célébrer avec votre père ? Laissez nous rendre votre soirée magique comme elle se doit! Réservez dès maintenant au 514 564-5842. 📞 . . . . . . . . . #pizzeria #saintdenis #montroyal #leplateau #montreal #quebec #artigiani #traditionitalienne A post shared by Artigiani Pizzeria + Cucina (@artigianipizzeria) on Jun 13, 2019 at 11:00am PDT\nKnown for its wood-oven pizzas and fresh pasta, Artigiani has become a go-to for Montreal locals looking to sink their teeth into something tasty.\nThe restaurant's warm décor and hospitable staff will make you feel right at home.\nCheck it out here!\nRestaurant Graziella\nWhere: 116 Rue McGill\nView this post on Instagram Lobster pasta🍝🦀 #bestthingsreunited A post shared by Laurence B.🌻 (@laurence_bourgouin) on Sep 23, 2017 at 9:46pm PDT\nRestaurant Graziella is a sophisticated choice for anyone looking for refined Italian dishes created from seasonal ingredients.\nChef Graziella Battista combines her talent and creativity to create elevated Italian dishes.\nDining at this establishment is a culinary experience and if you want to see for yourself you should make a reservation as seats book up fast.\nCheck it out here!\nPrimo e Secondo\nWhere: 7023 Rue Saint-Dominique\nView this post on Instagram Indian summer starts with Paccheri with yellow pomodoro fresco and burratta #primoesecondo #nycstyle #mtl #foodporn #montreal #paccheri #buratta #cheflife #fall A post shared by Roberto Stabile (@primoesecondo) on Sep 16, 2017 at 10:46am PDT\nPrimo e Secondo is one of my go-to spots for special occasions.\nSteps away from the Jean-Talon market, this homey Italian restaurant is truly what past dreams are made of (cue Lizzie McGuire).\nRoberto Stabile is the chef of this institution and eaters can taste the quality with every bite they take. The restaurant is certain to exceed any and every expectation you have.\nMore info here!\nLucca\nWhere: 12 Rue Dante\nView this post on Instagram Authenticity & Simplicity #Lucca A post shared by Ristorante Lucca (@ristoranteluccamtl) on Oct 25, 2019 at 9:49am PDT\nLucca opened its doors in 1999 and has been impressing diners ever since.\nThe restaurant combines Quebec ingredients with Italian flavours to create authentic and mouth-watering menu items.\nRefer to the restaurant website for more info!\nOsteria Gallo\nWhere: 7950 Rue St-Hubert\nView this post on Instagram Who feels like cooking on days like these? Let us do the cooking for you 🙌🏻 A post shared by Osteria Gallo (@osteriagallo) on Sep 14, 2019 at 10:05am PDT\nThis family-owned restaurant is fairly new to the Montreal food scene and yet has still managed to leave a mighty impression on our city.\nThe small, warm spot serves up some tasty dishes that will keep you coming back for more.\nCheck it out here!\nPizzeria Napoletana\nWhere: 189 Rue Dante\nView this post on Instagram Best pizza for my last night in Mtl 🍕 A post shared by Elo (@elovachon) on Apr 30, 2018 at 3:53pm PDT\nWhat started out as a pool hall in 1948 has turned into one of the most popular Italian joints in the city.\nPizzaria Napoletana is a Montreal favourite. Its authentic pizzas and pasta, combined with its affordability make this a spot everyone needs to check out.\nAnd, if you are not yet sold, this establishment is bring-your-own-wine!\nThe restaurant doesn't take reservations and there's always a line out the door so be prepared!\nGet the details here!\nTre Marie\nWhere: 6934 Rue Clark\nView this post on Instagram Le persone che amano mangiare sono sempre le migliori 🍝 - turning 26 isn’t so bad when you’re eating great food in good company 💛 A post shared by Luigina Criniti (@gigilovespasta) on Aug 19, 2018 at 9:09am PDT\nThis long-standing Italian restaurant offers traditional dishes that will blow your taste buds away.\nI am super indecisive, so I love ordering the pasta trio, where you get 3 different kinds of pasta with 3 different sauces!\nMake your reservation by calling the number on its website!\nFiorellino Snack Bar\nWhere: 470 Rue de la Gauchetière O. and 381 Avenue Laurier O.\nView this post on Instagram HOT like Emrata Burrata 🔥 . . . . . . . . . . . #fiorellino #mtlresto #mtlfood #mtlmoments #mtlfoodie #mtl #montreal #restomtl #mtlfoodies #montrealrestaurant #montrealfood #mtlblog #mtlrestaurant #mtleats #tastemontreal #mtlblogger #montrealfoodie #foodie #instafood #mtljetaime #montrealblogger #foodiemtl #pizza #eeeeats A post shared by Fiorellino (@fiorellinosnackbar) on Dec 6, 2019 at 9:01am PST\nFiorellino is one of my more recent Italian discoveries and everything I have tried has very much impressed me.\nThis restaurant's eye-catching interior and remarkable dishes have earned it a spot on this list.\nThis restaurant also has an after 9 special with lower prices!\nCheck out the menu here!\nIl Pagliaccio\nWhere: 365 Avenue Laurier\nView this post on Instagram Ragù di porcellino A post shared by Federico De Marchi (@_fede_dm_) on Oct 24, 2016 at 4:49pm PDT\nI am not sure how this restaurant has managed to stay under the radar for so long, as the food is some of the best I have had in the city.\nThis humble establishment may not have an internationally famous chef like some of the other establishments on this list but I can promise you that the food is worth every calorie.\nI love veal Milanese and theirs is one of the best I have ever tried — it is outstanding. But then again, so is everything that comes out of this kitchen.\nCheck it out here!\nLuciano Trattoria\nWhere: 1212 Rue Saint-Zotique\nView this post on Instagram About last night: luscious carbonara with clams. Great Italian food and delicious pasta at this newly opened Italian trattoria. A must try! #mtlmoments #Montreal A post shared by Will Travel for Food (@mayssamaha) on Dec 3, 2015 at 4:14pm PST\nThis cool restaurant found a home in a former garage in Little Italy and is one of those MTL gems that make our city the awesome place it is.\nThe colourful chairs and luminous décor give the space a hip, European feel, which I love.\nSome of the dishes I have tried and loved were the beef carpaccio and the cavatelli with meatballs!\nFind all the details here!\nVia Dante\nWhere: 251 Rue Dante\nView this post on Instagram It is really important not to break his concentration when he is in the middle of a preparation. #cafeviadante #petiteitalie #montreal #mtlfoodies #restomtl #mtlfood #italianfood #restofamilial A post shared by Cafe Via Dante (@cafeviadante) on May 26, 2017 at 2:12pm PDT\nThis family establishment is one of my go-to spots when I am craving a big bowl of fresh, homemade pasta.\nLocated in Little Italy, right near the Jean-Talon market, Via Dante serves up a ton of savoury dishes. Its welcoming environment and fresh food have turned this eatery into a Montreal favourite.\nCheck out the restaurant website here!\nElio’s Pizzeria\nWhere: 351 Rue Bellechasse\nView this post on Instagram Its Fashion Friday and I love Pizza.. A post shared by @ fashionbutlermtl on Apr 12, 2019 at 3:04pm PDT\nThis fun, lively restaurant has been around since 1964. The authentic Neapolitan dishes include the usual pasta and pizza, as well as a few other dishes like focaccia and calamari.\nLocated right outside of Little Italy, Elio’s Pizzeria offers a casual dining experience that will satisfy your pasta and pizza cravings.\nCheck it out here!\nImpasto\nWhere: 48 Rue Dante\nView this post on Instagram A pasta lover's heaven. 🍝 . . . #impasto #restomtl #montreal #petiteitalie #littleitaly #chef #pasta #pastas #allamatriciana #passion #tomatosauce #pecorino #romano #italianfood #real #bonappetit #heaven #food #foodie #mtlfood #mtl #mtlmoments A post shared by Impastomtl (@impastomtl) on Oct 16, 2019 at 1:00pm PDT\nStefano Fait is a celebrity chef who also happens to be the author of a best selling cookbook. The Little Italy native opened up an epic Italian eatery right here in his hometown of Montreal.\nFait partnered up with legendary restauranteur and chef Michele Forgione to create this minimalist eatery that creates authentic Italian dishes with a modern twist.\nMake your reservation here!\nIl Miglio\nWhere: 5235 Boul. St-Laurent\nView this post on Instagram Qui mangerait ceci à même le poêlon ? Who would eat this straight out of the pan? ☝🏻😏 A post shared by Il Miglio Pâtes Artisanales (@ilmigliomontreal) on Oct 31, 2019 at 4:48pm PDT\nIl Miglio’s attention to detail and quality is what makes the restaurant stand out.\nFrom fresh pasta and seasonally based dishes to phenomenal meatballs, Il Miglio is one of the most authentic Italian eateries in the city.\nIl Miglio also opened a counter in the new Time Out Market. So, if you want to try out the decadence at a more affordable price, now is your chance!\nRefer to the restaurant website here!\nChez Ennio\nWhere: 1978 Boul. de Maisonneuve O.\nView this post on Instagram I still think I'm on vacation #mtlfinedine #byow A post shared by @ spoonfulof.chic on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:51am PDT\nThis bring-your-own-wine restaurant has been in business for over 30 years.\nOne reviewer on Facebook wrote that owner "Ennio is the best host there is. The food is very good and the atmosphere is super charming and cozy!"\n"The pasta is homemade, delicious, and the portions are huge (enough for lunch the next day). It is my go-to Italian place!"\nThis snug spot also makes for a great date night.\nGet all the details on the restaurant Facebook page!\nCafé Gentile\nWhere: 9299 Ave. du Parc and 4126 Rue Sainte-Catherine\nView this post on Instagram The authentic sandwich from the OG spot #chickencutlet🍗🥪 A post shared by Maya Ai (@maiight) on Mar 13, 2018 at 11:33am PDT\nCafé Gentile has been around since 1959. Known for its variety of sandwiches, fresh pasta, and classic coffees, Gentile has been serving up goodness to Montreal locals since its inception.\nIt even opened a second location in Westmount. And, although the food is just as good, there is something magical about the original spot.\nIf you have never been, make sure to try the special iced tea!\nSee the full menu (including brunch) on the restaurant website here!\nBarcola Bistro\nWhere: 5607 Ave. du Parc\nView this post on Instagram #barcolabistro #mtl #mileend #italian #italie #trieste #nordeste #friend #plaisirgourmand Une merveille 😋 A post shared by cathyafonso (@cathyafonso) on Aug 30, 2017 at 8:25pm PDT\nThis underrated Italian eatery is one to put on your list.\nChef Fabrizio Caprioli's small but hearty menu was designed to impress.\nCustomers get a choice of three appetizers and three main dishes, all of which change regularly.\nEvery dining experience is different, but all of them more than satisfying.\nCheck out the restaurant website here!\nLa Bottega\nWhere: 65 Rue Saint-Zotique E.\nView this post on Instagram super triggered that montreal one-upped new york at its pizza game 😒🍕 A post shared by Nadine Wang (@nadinewang) on Sep 23, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT\nThis urban-chic Italian restaurant is known for its Neapolitan style dishes.\nThe wood oven pizzas are a customer favourite, in addition to the authentic pasta and fresh salads. And, who can forget the amazing wine options?\nFind all the goodness here!\nSan Gennaro\nWhere: 69 Rue Saint-Zotique Est\nView this post on Instagram Pizza Margherita Al Taglio 😍 A post shared by San Gennaro Montreal (@sangennaromtl) on Sep 18, 2019 at 3:09pm PDT\nSan Gennaro is the little brother of La Bottega. The pizza counter serves Roman-style pizza as well as authentic gelato throughout the summertime.\nMy order includes the potato and caciocavallo pizza and almost always a coffee.\nThis casual joint oozes authenticity.\nFind it on Instagram here!\nHappy eating!