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Bravissimo! — the 29th edition of ItalfestMTL, formerly called Montreal's Italian Week, will take place from August 5 to 20.

The event is back in full swing with both virtual and in-person activities all around the island, including in Kirkland, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, LaSalle, Saint-Léonard, Little Italy and, for the first time ever, the Quartier des Spectacles.

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If there was ever an excuse for a pasta crawl, this is it. Montreal Pasta Fest starts May 11. 19 restaurants on the island, North and South Shores have created special pasta dishes for the occasion.

Organizers have billed the fest as "the largest celebration of pastas in the greater Montreal area." The goal is to showcase local pasta-makers and give Montrealers an opportunity to discover area Italian restaurants.

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Montreal is known for being a foodie city, and with an impressive number of restaurants per capita, it's no surprise we've managed to make a name for ourselves when it comes to all sorts of cuisine.

But if there's one cuisine that Montrealers keep close to their hearts, it's Mediterranean food. With so many different countries and individual culinary traditions to explore, the list of spots in the city to try spreads as wide as the sea itself is endless!

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Looking for a new spot to try out? Well, with Montreal restaurants officially re-opened, now is the perfect time to head over to Pronto Prêt-À-Manger's newest Griffintown location.

The Italian restaurant reigned supreme in the West Island and has now opened a new franchise right in the heart of Griffintown. The grand opening took place on February 18 and their delectable options will make your mouth water.

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Who needs a trip to Italy when you've got a taste of it in Montreal's very own Verdun? In the age of COVID-19, with dining rooms currently closed, we've got you covered on a must-try spot that is bound to fulfill all of your takeaway needs. BOSSA is an Italian restaurant and grocery store that prides itself on being family-run, and their signature sandwiches certainly set them apart.

Located on rue Wellington, BOSSA offers over 20 varieties of hot and cold sandwiches. From their sausage and peppers mix ($11.95) and prosciutto mortadella ($12.95) to their roasted chicken sandwich fixed with pesto, dried tomatoes, and a balsamic reduction ($12.95), you'll be salivating just thinking about it — we certainly are!

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Friends, those of us who love pizza know one thing: no two slices are alike. And, taking it a step further, no two pies are alike. There are all kinds of types of pizza in Montreal, but my personal favourite has to be that delicious, crispy, slightly charred delight that comes straight out of a hot wood-burning oven.

And now, Montreal has a new place to enjoy a delicious, wood-burned pizza. Fiorellino (470 Rue de la Gauchetière O) is an Italian restaurant, spearheaded by the geniuses behind Buonanotte. Although it's only been open for a little over a month, it's already been making some serious waves.

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Alright, friends, it's time for a little personal story. When I was super young, we moved in with my grandparents; before that, my grandparents watched me while my parents were at work. They picked me up from school, or waited for me at the bus stop - and even before I was old enough to do the whole school thing, they'd take me shopping and put up with baby me and my tantrums. So I really did grow up with my grandparents.

My grandparents are, of course, Italians who immigrated to Montreal in the 1960s from Sicily. By the time I came around, they'd already been Montrealers for a few decades, but - like the vast majority of Italian immigrants in Montreal that I've met - they never lost their sense of tradition, or of "Italianness".

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