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Who makes a great rissotto in Montreal?

I'm looking for a place to take my brother, who is a rissotto fan. I know we must have some good places to check out! Any ideas appreciated, can travel all over town. Thanks!

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  1. I've heard good reports on the risotto bar at Halte Routière on Bernard (Outremont Theatre restaurant). It's owned by Ian Perreault, chef-owner of AREA.

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    1. re: Campofiorin

      Methinks you mean Halte urbaine, Campo. www.halteurbaine.com

      The suckling pig risotto with foie gras shavings at Le Club Chasse et Pêche is legendary.

      1. re: carswell

        Oh my god! Yes! I can still taste CC&P's risotto. I was there two weeks ago and had, once again, the fabulous risotto. Just the thought of it brings a large smile on my face.

        1. re: Campofiorin

          Actually, I posted my experience at Halte Urbaine and was quite disappointed. Here is my review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350385

        2. Le Muscadin! I know it sounds French, but it's pure-D Italian, through and through! One of the finest Italian restaurants I've encountered anywhere.

          1. any particularly oustanding vegetarian risotto options out there?

            1. Past Cassareccia on Sherbrooke St. West near Melrose had a risotto festival in November. It was great but I am not sure what they have on their regular menu. A little out of the way but worth the trip and easy parking is Terra Cotta in Ville ST. Laurent on Blvd Marcel Laurin and they have a sweet potato risotto as well as one with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts...rich but to die for. I enjoyed the risotto bar at Halte Urbaine. For making your own I have found the best arborio rice is an organic one produced by Lundberg Farms...a little pricey but a great product.

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              1. re: rooibus

                That organic rice sounds familiar. Where do you buy it? (I think I may have seen it at Loblaws)

                1. re: morebubbles

                  loblaws does carry Lundberg farms but they don't always have the Arborio rice for Risotto. I usually have Ecollegey (wilson & somerled in NDG) stock it for me.

                2. re: rooibus

                  pasta Casareccia still has their risotto nights on wednesdays. OOps, my bad..One of the two dishes I mentionnes from terra cotta was a gnocchi, don't remember which.