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Little Italy has been around forever but the area is slowly changing for the better. The area is gaining a new rep thanks to the recent influx of students heading north into the area. Just like everyone else, students need to eat, and while a student's budget may not allow for a night out to certain high-end restaurants in Little Italy, they can definitely eat well shopping at Milano.

Open in 1954, Milano Fruiterie is now a well-known Montreal institution. Celebrating it's 60 year anniversary this past August, Milano has obviously been doing things very right to stay open for so long, though that isn't to say they haven't switched things up in recent years.

Newly renovated, Milano is now better equipped to serve the modern shopper and students alike, but especially the latter, and let me break it down for you as to why:

  • Pasta - Students live off the stuff, mainly because pasta is so easy to make, is pretty filling, and is damned delicious. Milano boasts nearly every shape of homemade pasta, in several varieties, including whole wheat and gluten free.
  • Meat - Carnivores will find no better place in Montreal, for real. Not only does Milano have a huge selection, but they even age their own meat. Try the Black Angus 1855 or their homemade sausages if you don't know where to start.
  • Pizza - Another student staple, Milano pizza isn't the greasy stuff you'll get on the Main, but will satisfy the pizza-craving just as well. Be extra trendy and buy pizza dough to make at home, which is surprisingly easy and will save you some dollars.
  • Cheese - Cheese is the most delicious thing a student is willing to spend money on, especially if they're vegetarian and lack a lot of other decadent options. I can only say Milano's cheese selection is magical; a religious experience to any cheese lover. If you're overwhelmed by the choices, go for the Gorgonzola Mascarpone if its in stock, you won't be disappointed.
  • Chocolate & Coffee - Imported straight from Italy, Milano stocks the really good stuff. Do your body and taste buds a flavour and stock up on good quality chocolate & coffee, because if you're going to give into a vice, you may as well do it in style.
  • Prepared Meals - Living the student life is pretty hectic, and sometimes you just don't have time to cook food. No sweat. Milano has legit Italian eats (from lasagna to a variety of salads) that is probably tastier than anything you can cook anyways.

Like any other good grocery store, Milano is also well stocked with tons of fruits and veggies (many locally grown for the environmentally conscious), meats, breads, and pretty much anything else you may need to stock your fridge with. To get all the details, head over to the Milano's Facebook page and official website here.

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