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Best Montreal style pizza?

I am looking for the best Montreal style pizza.

I am talking about the real thing here, no thin crust/wood stove/authentic Italian pizzas.

What I am looking for is thick cheesy saucy savory old fashioned pizza I used to have when I was a kid.

Anywhere on the island will do.

Thanks,

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  1. Well, I don't see how "authentic Italian pizzas" can't be considered the "real thing", but good luck with your quest.

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    1. re: lagatta

      «I don't see how "authentic Italian pizzas" can't be considered the "real thing"»

      They can't if the real thing one is looking for is a non Italian-style pizza. Pizza, like espresso, has transcended its origins. Italy can claim authenticity only for Italian-style pizzas.

      Not being a connoisseur of the Montreal style, I can't help with Taffey's search beyond suggesting s/he explore the links kpzoo has so kindly provided.

      1. re: lagatta

        Which is more "authentic" Napoli style or Sicilian style? I would never have told Al Capone that his Chicago deep-dish favourite was not a pizza.

        1. re: mrbozo

          There are many deep-dish pizzas in Italy, including the Sicilian one that was the ancestor of the Chicago style, but as carswell said that is off topic with respect to this thread. There is also the pizza rustica...

      2. Hi - I suggest you check out this 100+ post thread if you haven't already. It covers both styles of pizza and is pretty extensive.

        Best pizza in MTL
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/369745

        There's also another 65+post thread about pizza in NDG/CDN:

        Your favourite NDG/CDN pizza delivery place
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/459667

        1. I think I know what kind of pizza you're talking about; for me as a kid, it was LaSalle Pizzeria. Not thin crust. Not wood burning. Not California and no 'fancy' toppings (which all hold a place in my heart...well not the California anyway). Just a good, neighborhood pie, probably made by a Greek guy with plenty of sauce, chewy cheese, and pepperoni that bites back.
          Alas, they closed years ago.
          Before my recommended joint, a few comments on that 100+ thread.
          I've never tried Bottega, but after reading the posts, I'm gonna try it next week.
          Bar Deco in Lachine is pretty good, but I think just tipping the scales (by like 2%) towards 'gourmet'.
          Manzo in LaSalle is also very good, but not quite sloppy enough.
          Luna on Gouin; I used to work on the West Island and a buddy would pick up pizza at Luna for our clique (we'd take an hour lunch on Summer Fridays and eat in the park). Its been a very long time, but I think it would fit your bill (if they're still there and remained the same).
          Currently, for the pizza you're looking for, I'd suggest Restaurant Centrale Pizzeria on Centrale in Lasalle. A neighborhood joint with the aformentioned attributes (even a greek guy making the sauce, dough, and pies).

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          1. re: porker

            FWIW, Pulse News is doing a series called "Your #1 Choice".

            Their first segment was on Montreal Pizza. I don't know how its chosen or voted on, but top place went to Centrale Pizza in Lasalle
            http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/your-1-cho...

            1. re: porker

              Hey porker, thanks for sharing. I was thinking on the weekend "I need to link this on CH so we can discuss", but was just too busy.

              Anyone ever try Centrale? I'm assuming it's gooey Montreal/Greek diner style which I'm very OK with once in awhile.

              OTOH, I always take these local media polls with a grain of salt.

              1. re: JerkPork

                Its my favorite pizza (mrs. porker will argue Amilio's in the McGill ghetto).

                You hit the nail on the head, Montreal/Greek diner style. If you are looking for this, the pizza is very good.

                If you're lookiong for a thin crust, margherita napoletana-boutique pizza, this place ain't for you.

                I noticed many negative comments on the CTV link - its likely these folks were looking for Bottega style (Italian "authentic"?) pizza and were severely let down.

          2. I have a few favourites, but I don't really eat much of that type of pizza anymore. One thing for sure is that almost every neighbourhood in this city has at least one place that makes a really good Montreal style pizza.

            My downtown favourite is Amelio's.

            In the Plateau I like Le Fameux at the corner of St-Denis and Mont-Royal.

            In Rosemont my favourite is Miteras on Beaubien west of Iberville.

            And in my current hood of Hochelaga, the best I've had yet is from Jimmy's on Hochelaga near Bourbonnière.

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            1. re: SnackHappy

              Ahhh.... Miteras! Is it still there? I worked on a TV show that filmed in an old high school right around there, and cause I disliked the caterer they'd hired I ended up eating a lot of Miteras's gooey, unbelievably cheesy pizzas for lunch. (Oh, it was a healthy food time, I tell ya...) Have not been back since (this was in the late 90's) but I still remember that pizza like it was yesterday. Taffey, you definitely might want to give that one a try.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                In NDG my vote goes to Bonora on Somerled. I remember ordering from them when they opened 40 years ago. Me and my buddies would scarf some down after a busy day/night of study at The Somerled Billiard Academy across the street. Often we'd get a pie on the cuff. The books always ended up balancing. I've been ordering every year since even though I have lived in the Big Smoke for the past quarter C. Greek QC has been maintained. BTW, their subs on pizza dough bread schmeck big time.

                Pendeli's on Cote-St-Luc is a good backup.

                1. re: mrbozo

                  Pendeli's on Van Horne makes a better pizza, than the CSL location. The best Montreal-style pizza in the South Shore I've tasted, & among the best Montreal style pizza anywhere is Como. I also like very much Coronet Pizzeria on Poirier street in Ville St-Laurent.

                  1. re: BLM

                    now you're talking, speciale Como: meat sauce, pepperoni, bacon, onions, green peppers, loads of cheese

                    i haven't had one of those in years, basically since i've moved out from the south shore

                    1. re: westaust

                      Como's pretty good, but it would be better if they didn't hide all the toppings under the cheese. I really can't get used to that.

                        1. re: BLM

                          Yep, it's the trust factor of the hidden surprise. If the surprise ain't positive the place gets crossed off your list. Ya gotta know who you can trust.

                          1. re: BLM

                            I beg to differ. All the Montreal pizzas I've ever had have had the pepperoni hidden under the cheese, but all the other toppings were on top or slightly mixed in since there is so much cheese. I can't think of another Montreal pizza place that puts all of the toppings under the cheese.

                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              As long as I can remember Montreal-style pizza always meant the toppings at bottom, with cheese on top. The exception(of the toppings) would be bacon, which is usually on top of cheese. However Pendeli's puts their pepperoni on top of cheese(& their pepperoni are sliced differently).

                      1. re: BLM

                        Coronet also has one of the best old signs!

                  2. Pendelis on Cote St. Luc Road.

                    Pendelis special, black olives, no anchovies. It's 1968 all over again.

                    1. Having seen a few pies on TV a while ago, Martin Brodeur's owned Pizzeria Etc might fit the bill. They have 3 locations in and around Montreal the closest one being on Henri-Bourassa, just off highway 25 in Anjou.

                      http://www.lapizzeriaetc.com/

                      1. Howdy!

                        If anyone is interested in West Island pizza, the Chronicle has an "article" discussing the relative merits of Restaurant GiGi in Pointe Claire, Restaurant Calzone in Kirkland, Spiros Pizza in Pointe Claire, Nikkos Pizza in Dollard des Ormeaux, and DelMonaco Prêt À Manger in Pierrefonds. .

                        http://www.westislandchronicle.com/ar...

                        1. I hesitate to mention it here in such a nice chic chowhound environment, but have you tried Domino's Brooklyn pizza? It fulfils my childhood pizza nostalgia with little rounds of pepperoni on top (not under) the cheese.

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                          1. re: Plateaumaman

                            Once again I have to say New System at Atwater & Notre Dame.
                            The New System Special comes with everything including onions and fresh bacon. It is thick crust, with several layers of cheese & pepperoni.
                            A small ways a few pounds and is enough for two pepole, it is a serious pizza.

                            1. re: InterFoodie

                              Ouch, I guess I shouldn't post after too many glasses of wine!
                              "ways" should be "weighs and "pepole" = "people"

                              1. re: InterFoodie

                                Without taking a trip out of the way go to a spot across the street from Alexis Nihon on St. Cats.(rear entrance)
                                You won't be disapointed, real old school!
                                I think the owner is Greek, not Itallian, nice thick crust(not Sicilian) cheesy sauce, nd spicy, great toppings, olives, smoke meat, bacon, calabrese, chicken, mushrooms, you name it!
                                Have a couple of cold ones and enjoy!!!!!!!!!

                          2. For me, Dimenna pizzeria in St-Leonard on Jarry just north of Langelier is the best for me. My parents started bringing us when we were kids and we are still going for their pizza and their restaurant. Dimenna has been opened over 40 years with the restaurant still with the Dimenna family. I eat pizza from other places sometimes, because they don't deliver in my area, but I never find another one quite as good as theirs.

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                            1. re: cricri7

                              I realise this is an old post. But my old school favourites are still Pendelis (their peperoni is the best!)....and B & M (all dressed)

                            2. There is a Montreal style pizza?

                              You mean the pizza we had in the 80's with the rock hard puck of bread in the middle? (my south shore familly used to order from Pizza Jacques-Cartier)

                              I have to be honest, I don't look for this pizza anymore. The closest one I have is the one at the Green Spot on Notre-Dame in Saint-Henri.

                              The problem is I truly don't know why I crave it. I like Domino's pan pizza better for pan pizza's , I like Santa Lucia's wood fired better for the wood fired style, I order from Bardeco for thin crust smoked meat but I usually come back to Green Spot for the "classic" hit.

                              1. According to this thread in 2008 it was true. Back in 1999 when I discovered the place it was so. Up to today it is still the best in my books. DiMenna blew me away, as it did my dad, my wife, and any of my friends that had pizza at my place.If you are a carniverous omnivore like me, do try their p13 special. All dressed with ther famous 3 mest sauce, black forest ham, and garnished with crisp bacon. An extra large costs under 28 bucks taxes included. Whatta pizza. Beyond rush hour and late nights on weekends, I have cannonballed p13s back to Westmount, St Laurent, and Terrebonne. Just call 20 minutes ahead and it should be ready. The only other place I can think of that will make me travel to such lengths is Manzo of Lasalle- and thats for their subs not the pizza, however good they are too.

                                1. I really like this type of pizza (I call it 'pizza de régions', as it seems the further you go in the woods, the thicker and greaser it gets) once in a while, and I've been looking for some good ones for a long time.

                                  I recall a time when Pizza Villeray used to make a very good version of this, but I've had some recently and was pretty dissapointed, it's not thick anymore and tastes pretty boring.

                                  Around Little Italy, you can find a good version of this at Nouveau Système on Beaubien. They don't do delivery so you have to go for take out, but it's also very cheap (13$ tax included for a large pepperoni).

                                  Around Montréal-Nord, Chez Vincent has a very good version. I would guess other 'franchises' of Chez Vincent should offer a similar one elsewhere in Montreal.

                                  Finally, I haven't tried it personnally, but my friends swears by the (extremely) greasy pizza from Chez La Mère in the East. Best hangover cure according to them.

                                  PS: I realize none of these are actually 'good' pizza in the way people on this forum would normally consider, but it's the type of pizza I was having when I was young, and I still get the craving for it once in a while!

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                                  1. re: NickinMtl

                                    For me, the best I've had is probably Marconi's, on Beaubien.

                                    I wouldn't say they are not good pizza, but they are very different from the original italian version, a different dish altogether. And they are junk food, no discussion. But I also like them, just as I like the thinner-style pizza with quality topings, two different dishes. I call it deli-style pizza.

                                    1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                      Marconi's is definitely very good, completely forgot about them. Even Jojo (on Papineau close to Beaubien) also makes a pretty good one, although I've only had it late at night after copious amount of alcohol.

                                  2. Since this thread has been resurrected and discussion has started up again, I'll add Miss Jean-Talon to the list of top Montreal pizzas. I'm also tempted to add Pendeli's, but Pendeli's and Van Horne Pizzeria are a different style, so I don't think they would qualify as "Montreal" pizza.

                                    http://missjeantalon.com

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                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                      Did it get better recently? I used to live right next to Miss Jean-Talon 5 years or so ago, tried it multiple time and while it wasn't bad, I always thought is was just ok. Like a lot of those pizzas, I used to have it late at night, and they would often overcook it a little bit, which might have affected my feelings about it. Maybe I should give it a try sometime soon to see.

                                      1. re: NickinMtl

                                        I only had it for the firs time last year, as I was living on the edge of CDN and Outremont. To me it is one of the best i've had. It reminded me of the one from the long gone La Petite Fermière on Mont-Royal which will forever be my standard for this type of pizza.

                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          Yes, Miss JT is very good too although it's been years since I've had it.

                                      2. re: SnackHappy

                                        +1 Pendeli's. Mmm mmm loads of toppings greasy goodness.

                                      3. I would say Van Horne Pizzeria

                                        1505 Ave Van Horne

                                          1. re: ZEEDAN

                                            Of course it depends to some extent on where you live.

                                            I don't know whether the very old pizzeria Elio at the corner of Bellechasse and Drolet qualifies, as it actually is run by a family from Campania (Naples region), not by Greek people. They make two kinds, a thicker type that falls into the "old school" variety discussed here, and a thinner type.

                                            I can't have much of a say on this thread as I prefer by far thin crust pizza, not necessarily Neopolitan (I'm more familiar with the Roman type; those who are find the Neopolitan a bit undercooked and rather too austere). http://www.academiabarilla.com/italia...

                                            1. re: ZEEDAN

                                              MY Opinion?
                                              Have a look 32 and 34 posts above yours...

                                              1. re: porker

                                                I can't count that high, but if you click on the time of the comment under where your name is, you'll have permalink that you can paste into a comment.

                                                Here's the one from the subthread you started in this subject: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5303...

                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                  Ahh, so thats how that feature is accessed...
                                                  tnx SH.