Pasta is the gateway to the heart. That's why Italian restaurants are so often the go-to for a romantic night out for long-term partners and summer lovers, alike. Thankfully, Montreal has no shortage of restaurants with amazing selections of pasta.
If you or your date love pasta, this is the list to check out. All restaurants have a 4 star online rating or greater. This list also has options for a range of budgets and styles. From fancy eateries in Little Italy to casual trattorias in the South West, there's something for everyone!
Where: 777 rue de la Commune O.
What: Signora Emma is the chef behind what one Facebook reviewer calls the "authentic, rustic and delicious" food at Da Emma.
Where: 1229 rue de la Montagne
What: According to the BIS website: "featuring an elegant atmosphere, varied menu and exceptional friendly service, ours is a great place to meet with friends, family, or for special occasions."
Where: 17 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: According to Google: "Italian dining in a contemporary space with exposed-brick walls & a mellow vibe."
Where: 6127 ave. Monkland
What: The restaurant Facebook page describes it as "a family-friendly Bistro dedicated to traditional Italian cuisine and hospitality."
Where: 2491-2501 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: The restaurant is "a tribute to Charles 'Joe-Beef' McKiernan, hero of the working class of the 19th century."
Where: 443 rue Saint-Vincent
What: "Inspired by Italy's exceptional cuisine and idyllic vineyards, the Iacono family was passionate about bringing the charm of their homeland to Montreal when they opened their doors in 1987. More than 30 years later, this passion can still be felt in the mood of their acclaimed restaurant."
Wienstein & Gavino's
Where: 1434 rue Crescent
What: "Located in the heart of downtown Montreal,
Wienstein & Gavino's is bursting with great energy, great food and wonderful people seven days a week."
Where: 5849 rue Sherbrooke O.
What: In addition to its small, homestyle restaurant, Pasta Casareccia makes and distributes fresh pasta for restaurants across the city!
Where: 5090 rue Notre Dame O.
What: Elena should be your go-to restaurant for pizza and pasta date nights.
Where: 6850 rue Saint-Dominique
What: "Good Italian menu which breaks away from the pizzas and pasta of the hood," wrote one Google Reviewer.
Where: 1428 rue Stanley
What: Known, of course, for its pizza, Brigade Pizzeria
Where: 1212 rue St-Zotique Est
What: "Everything that they have here is unbelievable. Very understated from the outside and the inside but it’s all about the food" says the top Google Review.
Where: 285 rue Beaubien E.
What: "Using seasonal market ingredients, the chefs combine regional cuisine from France and Italy. Guests dine in a warm and cozy environment ideal for intimate dinners or cocktail parties."
Where: 4657 rue Saint-Denis
What: "Come try some authentic house recipes, fresh pasta, wood-oven baked pizzas, and our fine groceries! You won't be disappointed!"
Where: 116 rue McGill
What: The chef has contructed a restaurant experience that evokes the joy of the "meals of [her] youth."
Where: 12 rue Dante
What: "Ristorante Lucca is quaint, warm, and has established itself as the perfect restaurant for an Italian meal rooted in tradition."
Where: 257 rue Prince
What: The contemporary, industrial setting of this restaurant sets it apart in this list. The pasta dishes are traditional Italian with a modern flair.
Where: 48 rue Dante
What: As one Google Reviewer put simply: "great food. Fantastic service! Fun atmosphere. Highly recommend."
Da Vinci Ristorante
Where: 1180 rue Bishop
What: Da Vinci is a Montreal institution "located in a beautiful three-story Victorian grey stone from the 19th Century in the heart of downtown Montreal."
Where: 365 ave. Laurier O.
What: To one Facebook reviewer, "the cacio e pepe pasta dish I had reminded me of the ones I've eaten in Rome!"
Where: 1391 rue St-Jacques O.
What: This tiny southern Italian restaurant is peak romance.
L'Usine de Spaghetti
Where: 273 rue Saint Paul E.
What: "Priding ourselves on offering delicious and savoury family style Italian food along with an all you can eat salad bar, we welcome you to join us for lunch or dinner."
Happy eating, Montreal!