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JBinOC Aug 30, 2009 02:09 PM

Looking for a modest, low-key, unpretentious Italian establishment that's off-the-beaten path,
far away from downtown and tourists.

I love veal and seafood, so a geographic skew to the South would be on target, if that helps.

Would appreciate any ideas.
Thanks!!

  1. d
    duckiedmud Aug 31, 2009 05:37 PM

    How about Cucina Linda on Wellington in Verdun. Home cooking,friendly staff, excellent
    food.

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      pippothegreat Aug 31, 2009 02:17 PM

      I would definitely recommend Trattoria Senza Nome. It is run like a typical Trattoria was run in Italy back in the days. You have a small selection of main courses that change everyday and is all fresh. Being Italian and prefering my mothers and nonna's cooking above all else this restaurant is the only Italian restaurant I have been to that I can truly say is on par if not better than the home cooked meals. it is located on 9700 St-Michel blvd and is definitely low key and off the beaten path.

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        pinalafina Aug 31, 2009 09:21 AM

        I recommend Rugantino on St-Laurent near St-Viateur.

        The food, the service and the prices are excellent. They also have a table d'hôte of great value that changes often if not every day.

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          Maximilien Aug 31, 2009 07:07 AM

          There's a newish italian on Parc Ave. Di Vito with an ok review from "Voir".

          Or maybe "Caffè Della Posta" on Bernard (corner parc av.) ?

          1. afoodyear Aug 31, 2009 06:43 AM

            Il Trullo isn't exactly off the beaten path (St. Denis and Rachel) but it's certainly less touched by tourists, is modest and low key, and focuses on Southern Italian dishes with seafood, pasta and veal. It's also a BYOW.

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            1. re: afoodyear
              Em24 Aug 31, 2009 08:25 AM

              I do second Il Trullo. The ambiance is "meh" but the food is good and tastes homemade.

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