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Jun 18, 2008 02:14 PM

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.


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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

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

        Your favourite NDG/CDN pizza delivery place

        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

            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.