© Fiorellino Snack Bar - Ristorante - Outremont
Snack Bar - Ristorante
Fiorellino offers great Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in a wood burning oven. Look for their other locations on chic Laurier Street and in Little Burgundy.
A unique decor, a hip and unpretentious ambiance, great coffee and delicious pizzas, including a breakfast one for weekend brunch are all on the menu at this trendy downtown spot.
Founded by a passionate husband and wife team (who happen to be certified pizzaiollos), Brigade Pizza is a Neapolitan style pizza with a twist located in the heart of downtown Montréal where you customize your pie from a variety of toppings available.
Gentile Pizza Parlour
Sitting on the edge between Westmount and the downtown core, Gentile Pizza Parlour gives off some serious vintage vibes that draw in diners. There’s nothing old school about their menu that offers a large selection of appetizers, sides and salads as well as a dozen or so pizzas with cheeky names and sexy toppings.
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One of the best pizzas in Montréal is hiding in this unassuming gem of a restaurant on Park Avenue near the corner of Sherbrooke. Moleskine specializes in thin Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven. Pair your pie with a great bottle of natural wine from the extensive wine list. You can also find Moleskine at the Time Out Market food hall.
Hang Time Pizza
New York-style (circle) and Detroit-style (square) pizzas vie for diners’ attention at Hang Time Pizza in a 90s-inspired ambiance where the pies are named after popular TV shows from the era. Watch for a second location in Ville Saint Laurent soon.
Café A Posto
Italian coffee shop A Posto specializes in pizza al taglio, sandwiches, donuts, and artisanal gelato. And Italian style coffee, of course.
Pizza Il Focolaio
Featuring over 60 different pizzas, Pizza Il Focolaio is a downtown classic institution that’s been churning out pies from their wood-burning oven since 1984. Its location on Square Phillips is an attraction to both locals and tourists alike.
A favourite among university students, Amélia’s has been a staple in the McGill ghetto since 1985. The signature pizzas and the bring-your-own wine format are loved by all.
OLD MONTRÉAL & CHINATOWN
The wine list, the mozzarella bar, the cutting-edge design and the great pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven are all good reasons to visit this beautiful Old Montréal spot.
BEVO Bar + Pizzeria
BEVO has one of the most beautiful terrasses in Old Montréal. The pizza is also delicious and cooked in a wood-burning oven. Try their specialty: a Nutella dessert pie!
FCO di Fiumicino
Authentic by the slice (al metro) Roman-style pizza is what FCO offers, along with some of the best gelato in Montréal.
If you’ve ever wished you could customize your pizza from the dough to a multitude of toppings and cheeses, then Pizzeria Bros is the answer to that wish. The dough and sauces are homemade and the toppings are very fresh. Best of all, the pizzas are cooked in under two minutes! Pizzeria Bros has several locations throughout the city so look for them in your neighbourhood.
Ugo Pizzeria is located in the heart of Cité du Multimédia. It specializes in Roman al taglio style pizza and offers an impressive amount of topping choices. Ugo also offers focaccia sandwiches and panzerotti, a calzone-style closed pizza.
Slice + Soda
What’s immediately striking about Slice + Soda are their enormous pies that are bigger than your table. Like the name suggest, they have perfect the art of the (ginormous) slice paired with one of their homemade sodas. You can also find a Slice + Soda shop in the Mile End.
Tiramisu is an Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant with an exceptional natural wine collection. Their artisanal pies tend to stick to the classic toppings but watch for their more creative pizza of the moment.
Geppetto serves about 20 varieties of pizze made from unbleached Canadian organic flour and cooked in a wood-burning oven. They have shops in Verdun, Little Burgundy and Rosemont.
New York style pizza by the slice or by the pie is what this venture from the Campanelli team promises.
Saint-Henri restaurant Elena’s dining room is one of the prettiest in Montréal, and their pizzas some of the best. You can’t go wrong with any of the pies, whether it’s a simple tomato and mozzarella one or the more complex mushroom and taleggio pizza.
Named after the owners respective grandmothers, Rita is “a bit of Italy, but mostly Montréal”. On the menu here are cicchetti, antipasti, pasta dishes and great pizzas as well as a nice selection of wines.
Successful restaurant group Barroco is behind the Fugazzi pizza venture. With Fugazzi also has another location in the Mile End. The creative pizza names (a Wu Tang Killa Bee anyone?) are a reflection of their inventive toppings that include items such as eggs, aged raclette cheese and maple syrup.
A beloved neighbourhood gem since it’s opening, Pizzeria Melrose’s pizzas are absolutely beautiful and very delicious. The dough ferments for 72 hours and the toppings are fun and creative and include combos such as anchovy and fior di latte, eggplant, fresh ricotta and lemon zest and the ever popular 5 cheese and spicy honey.
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LITTLE ITALY, VILLERAY, OUTREMONT & PARK EX
Bottega is a Little Italy favourite and serves great pasta dishes, gelato and of course, lovely, Napoletana-style pizza made in their famous, red-tiled, wood burning oven.
Try the classic 1889, the bitter and tangy Menina (my favourite) or go for the ever-surprising pizza of the month inspired by great culinary talents such a as local chefs and industry people.
Owned by the same family as Bottega Pizzeria mentioned above, San Gennaro makes some of the best authentic Roman-style pizza in Montréal.
At Villeray’s Pizzeria Aléa, you can try pizzas with traditional toppings as well as more daring ones, such as mushrooms and chimichurri or gorgonzola, watercress, walnuts and honey.
Villeray's Fanfare bakery has garnered a loyal following who appreciate its crispy baguettes and beautiful loaves of bread. Although not part of the initial concept, their pizzas are now some of the best in the neighbourhood. The pizza dough recipe was perfected using a combination of organic pizza and bread flours.
Pizzeria No.900’s first location is inside the Outremont Theater, in a tiny space reminiscent of an old Italian brasserie with marble tables, great tile work and brass accents. The pizzas are all fabulously delicious, including the breakfast one served for brunch. NO.900 now has many other locations throughout the city. If you’re gluten intolerant, they offer a gluten free alternative.
The Pizzeria Gema team is behind this other neighbourhood Villeray pizza spot located on Jarry Street. Vesta’s pies are more Roman style and come with a variety of toppings inspired by local and seasonal produce.
Italian restaurant Moccione has transformed their original spot into a pick up pizza counter (while they move into another space a few blocks away). Grab one of their excellent pizza with a bottle of natural wine and head home or to nearby Parc Jarry to enjoy your meal.
Roman-style al taglio pizza is the name of the game at Segreta. The dough is based on a secret family recipe and ferments from 72 to 96 hours before being rolled out into rectangular pies and baked in cast iron pans. The pies are then sliced into square pieces and sold.
Master pizza maker Mirko D’Agata (executive chef of Pizzeria NO.900) is behind Morso Pizzeria on St-Zotique Street. The Morso pizza dough is left to ferment for 3 to 4 days before being rolled into Roman-style al taglio rectangular pizzas and topped with the freshest of ingredients. You can also find Morso at Le Central food hall.
Una vera pizzeria with a certified pizzaiollo at the helm! Stella Pizzeria is a great neighbourhood parlour with a few specialties on the menu in addition to a handful of pizzas. Stella also boasts a beautiful wine list. Look for Stella’s second location on Laurier Street East.
Previously located inside bowling parlour Notre Dame des Quilles, Pizza Bouquet now has its own space across the street on Beaubien East making it easy for the throngs of loyal pizza lovers to follow.
A Petite Patrie staple since 1964, Elio Pizzeria specializes in Italian food, including Neapolitan home style cuisine and two kinds of pizzas, regular and “fina”, or thin crusted.
With two locations in town (Petite Patrie and Saint Henri), F+F Pizza (the F+F stand for Fresh and Fabulous) offer a large varieties of pizzas in two categories: classics with the usual accoutrements and signature ones with toppings such as buffalo chicken.
PLATEAU & MILE END
Prato has been around for a while and is well loved by many Montrealers. Prato’s coal fired brick oven produces a great crust and the endless variety of toppings to which you can add extras is nice.
This New York style pizza spot comes courtesy of the team behind wildly popular Falafel Yoni and is located next door. Pizza Toni’s pies come in two formats: extra large 20” pies or “grandma” style square ones. From vegan cheese to some of the best pepperoni in town, everything that comes out of Toni’s oven is excellent.
Vegan pizzeria Chez Zac doesn’t sacrifice any flavour by giving up dairy and meat. Au contraire, their pies are absolutely decadent. And if you can’t find anything to your liking among their varied plant-based options, you can customize your pie to fit your cravings.
Long-established Pizzeria Magpie is a beloved feature on the Mile End dining scene. This family-owned and operated business makes wood-fire pizza in the Neapolitan tradition and features local products on their menu.
Established since 1962, Lafayette Pizzeria has forgone its Greek menu to concentrate on its pizzas in addition to a few other specialties. The pizzas here are thick, cheesy and delectable “Montréal-style” pies. Order yours with extra cheese and a side of Greek salad.
La Bête à pain
The meat and the four cheese by-the-(square) slice pizza are some of my favourites but double up on your order because you’re going to want to take some home.
THE VILLAGE AND MONTRÉAL EAST
Arte e farina
Traditional handmade Italian baked products are the stars at Arte e Farina, including their incredible, artisanal Roman-style pizzas. Italian chef Sandro Carpene has honed his skills under the very best bakes in Italy before establishing his shop in Montréal.