The world's most popular dish definitely deserves it's own week of celebration, and here in Montreal we do it right.
October 5th marks the beginning of the 4th edition of Pizza Week, a time where Little Italy's pizzerias invite you to they try wonderful creations by offering special limited time deals and promotions.
Additionally there will be free workshops where you can learn to make your own pizza as well as a "Pizzathon" contest.
Here's the list of all the participating restaurants.
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
You can filter your preferences by neighbourhood, price, cuisine and more.
Contests & weekly draws
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
Quebec-grown produce & food products
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
Why You Need To Go: Pizza Adamo is well known for serving some of the best pizza in Saint-Henri. You may have to give the smoked meat, pickle and mustard pizza a chance — it's as surprising as it is delicious.
Why You Need To Go: Just when you thought pizza couldn't get any more exciting, Les Garnements proves you wrong. Not only do they have bright and colourful dough, but the toppings are too good to be true: cheese sticks, fried chicken, kimchi, giant pieces of bacon... yes, please.
Why You Need To Go: Michigan is a new pizza counter inspired by the Detroit Style Pizza (DSP). It features a square or rectangular shape, soft and light dough, and a crispy edge of caramelized cheese. In short, it melts in your mouth.
Why You Need To Go: During La Pizza Week 2021, Alto's Meat Lover won first prize in Montreal, according to public votes, and also placed third in Canada. With pepperoni, capicollo, smoked meat, bacon, minced meat, ham and Sicilian Italian sausage, it's not hard to imagine why it won.
Why You Need To Go: Pizza is not only a meal, it can also be a decadent dessert with Montreal Pizz'Cookies, which makes sweet pizzas. Cookies 'n' cream, Kinder Bueno, Kit Kat, S'mores... There's something for everyone.