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Jun 24, 2009 03:56 PM


In little Italy with great pizza (and I don't mean "Montreal" style pizza). For me great pizza is thin, crispy crust and quality toppings that are not loaded on in inches. Oh yeah, it's a treat for my 5 1/2 year old, so kid friendly too.


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  1. maisonbistro, I assume you are asking for this. If it truly existed in my neighbourhood, I'd live there!

    Pizzeria Dante - crust too thick (though not horribly so) and not crispy. Toppings not bad but so-so. BYOW. And horribly noisy!

    Bottegha - "real" pizza, though if anything somewhat underdressed, not BYOW, and high prices on everything non-pizza, making it an expensive outing with kid.

    Idem Vinizza.

    Please, someone open maisonbistro's pizzeria!

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    1. re: lagatta

      Yes, as the previous poster mentioned Pizzeria Napoletana (Dante) is the obvious choice for little italy pizza with BYOB. Honestly, the pizza there is OK, good by Montreal standards. Pizza at Bottega is better, yes, but I'd hardly recommend it for you and your 5 1/2 year old since I don't think it would be much fun for him/her there.
      Also, though, there is La Fornarina, which is on Dante as well right on the corner of St Lawrence. If my memory serves me correctly it is BYOB. The pizza is good, probably as good as Napoletana. The atmosphere is in my opinion, nicer. Much less hurrried, no lineups, less noisy and crowded as well. Very friendly staff.

      1. re: berbatov

        La Fornarina is indeed BYOW. I meant Napoletana (odd to misremember that when I pass by there every day, Caffè Dante is a nearby restaurant). I haven't eaten at La Fornarina but a friend from southern Italy likes it.

        I can't stand going to Napoletana any more because of the reverberations from the tile floor and walls, but I'm not a five year old...

        1. re: lagatta

          Thanks. Just as I expected. not much to choose from. I am lucky that in NDG, Al Dente, although not perfect does a decent job with pizza (I like that they actually listen to you and try to accomodate your requests), and is BYOB. But was we were driving in Little Italy yesterday going to JTM, my son said he wanted to eat there - he liked the "stuff going on" to quote him. Oh well. I'm just not a big fan of napoletana.

          1. re: maisonbistro

            Yes, my friends in NDG take me to Al Dente. A family friendly café I like near here is Zitto e mangia, run by the children of an Italian/Salvadorean couple. They do make their own pizza (haven't tried it) but don't have a dedicated pizza oven. It is right opposite Parc de la Petite Italie (former Parc Martel) at the corner of Clark and St-Zotique. It is definitely a nice place to take a child, and a BYOW.