Guys, what's your favourite food? Is it ravioli? Is it gnocchi? Is it spaghetti? Whatever it is, it's sure to be some sort of pasta dish, right? Pasta is everyone's fave. Pasta is life.
Of course, those of you who follow me on social media know how much I adore pasta. I make it fresh at home; I've incorporated it into my diet; very soon I will turn into a plate of gnocchi and everything will be right with the world. But before that, I'm always scouting for new places to enjoy one of my most favourite dishes.
Trattoria Luciano (1212 Rue Saint Zotique E) is one of Little Italy's newest eateries, having been opened for about three months now. Their menu has a solid offering of traditional Italian appetizers - like meatballs and mozzarella Bufala - as well as a handful of meat options.
Their main focus, though? Pasta. Their pasta choices include pappardelle with braised rabbit, lobster spaghetti, and five mushroom ravioli. If this seems like your newest fave - and, let's be honest, it totally does - then don't forget to check them out on Facebook.
The team behind iconic Montreal nightclubs École Privée and Coda have opened a supper club called 212 in the heart of Old Montreal boasting an "immersive dining experience." Not knowing what the heck an "immersive dining experience" entails, I went to check it out — and if you're looking for a meal with a side of flair and pizazz, this is the place to get it.
Naturally, we started with drinks. The first cocktail to catch my eye was the 212 Spicy Margarita. I figured that a drink named after the restaurant means you're in for a treat, and I'm proud to say my theory was correct.
Moving on to apps, we ordered the tuna tartare, ceviche and a cauliflower roti. Have you ever had a plate arrive at your table and leave you in absolute awe? Not only were we so excited for the food, but the presentation was so gorgeous that we were overcome by the literal art that the kitchen had whipped up for us.
Once we were done marvelling at the dishes in front of us (and had obviously snapped some pics), we dug in. The only thing more impressive than how these dishes looked was how they tasted. We paired them with some wine from an impressive wine list, and we were in heaven.
As for the mains, we ordered some plates that really helped us tap into the creativity and luxury of 212. We tried the lobster linguine and duck confit caramelli.
I can honestly say I had to put down my fork after the first bite of each dish out of sheer wonder and excitement. They were that perfect mix of decadent and refined with just enough oomph to let you know you're eating something seriously special — just thinking about the server pouring bisque over my pasta makes my mouth water.
Brooke Walsh, 212 owner and Montreal club scene royalty, told me he wanted to create a supper club where the food was the top priority — something he felt was lacking among supper clubs.
He said he brought in his serious network of club creators and designers (we're talking about people involved in Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Show and Billie Eilish's last tour) to help with the decor and ambiance, which includes a super trendy mirrored art piece on the ceiling.
From the moment you walk in, you feel like you're part of an exclusive club, but in the friendliest and most inviting way possible.
An immersive experience we were promised and an immersive experience we did get. This is my new favourite spot for drinks, dinner and boozy brunch! Plus, now that dancing is on the horizon for us in Quebec, you can bet I'll be dancing the night away at 212 after dinner and drinks very soon.
Any seafood or cocktail lover in Montreal is going to absolutely adore the new Restaurant Sauvage in the city.
I tried the salmon tartare as an appetizer and the grilled octopus with pesto hummus as my main dish. I am not kidding when I say both were unbelievably delicious. The different fish in both dishes were extremely fresh as if they had just been caught from the Mediterranean Sea. Basically a little culinary trip for your taste buds.
Montreal’s new Restaurant Sauvage is the SPOT for seafood lovers 🦑🦐🦞#montrealrestaurant @mtlblog
I also got to taste some of my friend's grilled salmon and rapini and it was a solid 10/10.
Don't even get me started on how delicious the cheese platter entrée was... A selection of different cheeses, including burrata and baked mozzarella, are brought on a plate and the mozzarella is lit on fire. A snack and a show all in one.
If ever you're looking for a new terrasse to get drinks at, this spot also makes unreal cocktails.
Sauvage's general manager, Moe Chenouni, said, "through our Mediterranean-inspired décor, menu and cocktails, we aim to provide an out-of-this-world experience for our clientele." Well, believe me when I say the restaurant does exactly what it hoped for.
Alanna Moore | MTL Blog
Address: 52, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a taste of the flavours of the Mediterranean right here in Montreal — and getting to sip tasty cocktails on a colourful terrasse while doing so.
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain,an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.