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Jun 20, 2010 01:41 PM

Best Authentic Italian in Montreal

I am looking for a great authentic Italian restaurant in Montreal, regardless of price, preferably within the area from Little Italy to downtown spanning the Plateau to NDG. Please help. :)

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  1. You are basically spanning the whole city, so you have tons of options.

    This thread names a few in little italy.

    Downtown, if I want a simple pasta dish, I go to Bistro Marinara on Stanley.
    Bice for upscale, also Il Cortile, both on Sherbrooke west.

    Authentic as in reminiscent of Italy , Bottega pizza is my first choice for simple fare,
    Graziella for upscale, dishes made with few ingredients.

    I'm sure you'll get tons of recs from others, le Latini comes to mind also.

    65 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S1K7, CA

    1. Yes, in this case, ''the best'' is not that clear cut. Da Emma and Graziella in Old Montreal are up there. Same for Lucca in little Italy, altough I heard some mixed reports recently, but I personally haven't been in a while.

      (I also have a soft spot for Il Cortile, mostly for that patio in the alley, and the food for the price is pretty good.)

      1. We truly enjoyed Ristorante Il Mulino on a trip to Montreal last fall. The service was outstanding. The pasta was so fresh and light, reminded me of being in Rome. I had a veal chop that was spectacular.
        236 rue St-Zotique est, Montréal, Québec 514.273.5776

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        1. il piatto de la nona.
          Enough said.

          1. I love the pasta at Il Cortile, they have the best gnocchi I have ever had, it melts in the mouth. Their terrace in the summer is really nice too.

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            1. re: mile_ender

              I am glad to see a postive review on il cortile as their location downtown is great and the hidden terrace an oasis compared with so many terraces on the sidewalks... they have so often got panned i was scared to go back.

              1. re: mile_ender

                confirmation on Il Cortile. dined their this past Monday night. Food was very good, service the same and what a italian wine list (a bit pricey though). We were visiting from NYC and after dinning at Europea and Bonaparta the prior two nights, we needed a fix of Italian food. A local made the suggestion. Looking forward to returning to Montreal ASAP. very enjoyable weekend.

                1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA