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Feb 10, 2007 10:14 AM

Best pizza in MTL

Post your picks.

Mine: Pizzeria Napoletana - If you never been there, you are missing out on one of the best things in life. The food is amazing and the ambiance is great. Oh yeah, and make reservations too!

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  1. The best pizza is in St-Leonard on Jarry street (near Langelier) and it is called Dimenna. They have a restaurant which is excellent. They have a table d'hôte around 20-35$ and it is an old style Italian restaurant, however you can order their pizza (they also have take-out) and it is the best pizza I have ever tasted.I go to their restaurant once a year to have their veal pizzaiola.

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    1. re: cricri7

      Dimenna was it known under another name previously? I remember eating at a Italian restaurant around this area 2 years ago(Jarry and Langelier), & it had a very good pizza.

      1. re: BLM

        Dimenna has been opened for 40 years under the same name. There's another restaurant further east on Jarry called Pazesco (something like that) and it is supposed to be good, but not as good as Dimenna which is my favorite:)

      2. re: cricri7

        I'm actually going to try Di Menna's tomorrow! I'm so excited! It's been there for as long as I remember and my best friend actually lives across the street from it! I'm also hoping it's as good as most of these reviews say it is because when I tried La Botega a couple of weeks back, it was way too thin for my taste.My idea of pizza is a little thicker than sauce and cheese on a crepe. And frankly, when I go out to dinner, I like my main course to be delicious and filling enough for me to reject the dessert menu. Although, the tiramisu at La Botega is excellent!

        1. re: siciliana28

          Their veal pizzaiola is the best! We went there a month ago for my mother's birthday and we had the antipasto and it was huge! It had smoked salmon/cured meats/grilled vegetables/eggplant/bocconcinis/tomatoes/ brother had the fried calamari and we shared and we were full when our entrees arrived! I would say that their weakest part is the dessert. Everything else is incredible!

          1. re: siciliana28

            I wasn't wild about Bottega's pizza either. The pizza I ordered had rapini and sausage except I think there were only about three or four pieces of rapini on it, and the sausage wasn't more abundant. I need more toppings!

            1. re: siciliana28

              You did not come back siciliana to tell us about Dimenna....How did you like it and what did you eat?

          2. Howdy!

            My vote is for Prato (3891 Saint Laurent)

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            1. re: zekesgallery

              I always leave Prato longing for dinner. Something about having a pizza made on a matzoh...It is just not satisfying.

              1. re: fedelst1

                I agree. I'm not a fan of Prato either, I find it unsatisfying in many respects.

              2. re: zekesgallery

                If you live downlown or NDG area it has to be Pizza Prima for dellivery, service is super sonic fast and it is always cooked perfect...


                No heartburn after and no stomach ache, for me it is the best and I have been downing theire pies for years!


                  1. re: jaysat

                    I love Pizza Prima's plain cheese. It's just so good, you don't want to add any toppings.
                    Their crust is on the thinner side but still very satisfying.

                    Pizza Prima
                    5457 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1W1, CA

                1. Bottega on St-Zotique has great pizza and atmosphere. I'm picky about pizzas, especially in Montreal, but the dough here is amazing.

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                  1. re: mtl22

                    Agreed. If you can get past the slick decor, Bottega is the closest Montreal comes to a world-class pizzeria. Am looking forward to the summer, when they'll have access to local produce, especially field tomatoes.

                    1. re: carswell


                      I've been to Bottega twice, and was not overwhelmed either time. On my scale I would rate it just below Amelio's.

                      1. re: zekesgallery

                        Dudey! ;o)

                        Well, there's no disputing taste. I, too, have been to Bottega twice. Was less than blown away the first time (due in no small part to my choice, a calzone, which was too bland on account of an overdose of cheese). On a second visit, the pizza was achingly beautiful in its purity. Amelio's is a great neighbourhood joint and I much prefer the unpretentious look and feel of the space, but its pies are crude -- too heavily sauced and, compared to Bottega's laser-like clarity, a jumble of flavours. And no Montreal crust I've encountered can hold a candle to Bottega's, which I can still taste in my mind's palate after a couple of weeks.

                    2. re: mtl22

                      We had a terrible experience at Bottega. The management was generally uncooperative and did not honor our reservation (even after 2 confirmation calls). As a result several of the people we were to dine with were forced to leave. For those who stayed, we were treated to a mediocre meal and sub-par service. There is no reason to suffer through the service at this restaurant when there are so many other really good, really friendly, reasonably priced pizza places in Montreal. If for whatever reason you are really hooked on their pizza, do take out, but my advice is to walk on by - don't to waste your time or money going to Bottega.

                      1. re: lesupperclub

                        >>there are so many other really good, really friendly, reasonably priced pizza places in Montreal<<

                        Friendly? Check. Reasonably priced? Check. Really good? Not that I'm aware of.

                        1. re: carswell

                          Umm, have to agree, Carswell. Having had pizza in New York and San Francisco (and Japan!) I'll have to say that Montreal joins the Domino's-level pie pantheon as far as pizza is concerned.

                          I've just given up. I make it myself and will never have pizza in a Montreal eatery again.

                          1. re: tonbo

                            Try Pizza Prima, Sherbrooke at Decarie in NDG. Tiny little counter, no tables, best to order in. It's very simple, very lovely.
                            Also, Copoli, across from Vendome metro, makes a beautiful pizza.

                            1. re: bakersdelight

                              I Love pizza prima, hard to get a pizza that is not made from all processed foods in the ndg area, all the places there are fast food types like dominos and pizza pizza.
                              Those kind of pizzas make me sick after i eat them. prima pizza is a good authentic style pizza, i have picked up a pie or two from there place on sherbrooke, i can say it is a very clean restaurant and the people there seemed nice. So for ndg area pizza i second this post with my favorite pizza being pizza prima.

                              1. re: bubbleman

                                I've also been going to Pizza Prima lately, especially since I live off Sherbooke so I do pick-up.

                                Much better than the other options in that area (pizza pizza everywhere....ugh),

                                Pizza Prima
                                5457 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1W1, CA

                    3. Bah, I'll take Amelio's over any of those fancy pizza joints, anyday.

                      Call me unsophisticated (Go ahead do it! You wouldn't be wrong.), but just thinking about that thick delicious crust and those fresh savoury toppings makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

                      I won't poo-poo Napoletana or Prato (I've yet to try Bottega). Those places make a fine pizza, but they don't hit the spot like an Amelio's pie.

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                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        I second Amelio's, I'm dreaming of pizza!

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          I was recommended Amelio's on this board a couple of weeks ago when I posted about wanting a deep dish pizza. Perhaps by you? I have yet to make it over there but will soon!

                          1. re: SnackHappy

                            I was underwhelmed by Amelio's. The only pizza at all out of the ordinary was the 5- cheese pizza. And while it was tasty, I couldn't have eaten more than a single slice since it was very rich and greasy.

                            1. re: eoj

                              I have to second (third/fourth/fifth!) the recommendation of Amelio's. The five cheese pizza is to die for - really, I hesitantly anticipate a heart attack with every bite. Previously, I have been able to eat a whole pizza, but I agree with eoj that it is pretty heavy on the palette, so I'd try to share this one if I were you. I remember last time I tried it I got a hot flush and serious calorie buzz while my body tried to digest!

                              For something less greasy, try the vegetarian and get it with chicken/bbq chicken. It turns it into a delish 'supreme' style pizza, with enough cheese but not too much that you overdose. The tomato base cuts the greasiness too.

                              I think the base at Amelio's is pretty top notch compared with other local pizzerias - and plus they're now offering wholewheat!

                              201 Rue Milton, Montreal, QC H2X1V5, CA

                              1. re: thesauceoflife

                                Wholewheat? Not a selling point. Why do some people have to pretend pizza is a health food? Spare me. I wanna taste as little of the crust as possible since it's just to get the good stuff in my mouth, and that means white flour.

                                1. re: Shattered

                                  I t hink it is good that they have the choice (for that type of pizza). Just don't order it if you prefer white flour.

                          2. I like the pizzas at The "Sergent Recruteur"; they are far from traditional italian Pizza; and that's what makes them good; they don't pretend to be traditional.