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Walking distance to the Bell Centre

idenon May 5, 2009 05:15 AM

Who has some ideas of a decent restaurant (not too expensive... $15-25 for mains) within 5-10 minutes walking distance to the Bell Centre? I would like to avoid Baton Rouge and the Keg if possible. My limit would be Crescent to the west and René-Levesque to the East, and up to Maisonneuve to the North.
... if I remember correctly, there is this small Italian (Santa Lucia?) restaurant on Stanley or Drummond, south of Ste-Catherine... has anyone been there?
Oh! and this is for tonight! I am looking forward to your suggestions!

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    davyboy May 5, 2009 05:32 AM

    1. Brasserie Brunoise on Mountain right across the street from the Bell Centre (bistro type food)
    2. Arlequino at 1218 Drummond near St. Catherine (new casual Italian place that has been getting good reviews)
    Both are quite decent and well within your price range.

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      Campofiorin May 5, 2009 06:22 AM

      Decca77 has a great 3 course prix fixe menau set at $35 and is located about 30 seconds from Bell Center.


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        Shattered May 5, 2009 08:37 AM

        Yup, Santa Lucia is at 1264 Stanley. They specialize in wood-oven pizza. I haven't been, but I've heard good things. Should find something if you search the board. They don't seem to have a website.

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        1. re: Shattered
          berbatov May 7, 2009 10:12 PM

          Terrible "italian" food. Probably rivals the best Italian restaurant in Trois-Rivieres. Run by South-East asians. How authentic...Pizza is maybe a cut above Domino's

          1. re: berbatov
            Shattered May 8, 2009 03:23 AM

            Well, as I said, I had never been, only heard good things. Now I've heard the other side.

            Although I think anyone can make a decent pizza regardless of ethnicity; heck, even the most complicated cuisine can be mastered by anyone who puts enough discipline and heart into it. George Harrison played a pretty great sitar.

            1. re: berbatov
              kpzoo May 8, 2009 05:43 AM

              > Run by South-East asians.

              Can we not get into this line of argument, please?

              1. re: berbatov
                Campofiorin May 8, 2009 06:26 AM

                I'M also not too fond of implying that food necessarily has to be dismal when outside of Montreal.

                1. re: Campofiorin
                  kpzoo May 8, 2009 06:52 AM

                  Agreed. I'm saddened by some of the comments here lately, really. Disappointing.

                  1. re: kpzoo
                    bigfellow May 8, 2009 07:36 AM

                    One of the best regional italian restaurants I know in Modena is owned and run by a chinese family.

                    So what does ethnicity have to do with being good?

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