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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 http://www.ilmulino.ca/Location.htm#Map 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

              2. Primo et Secundo is great Italian "cusine du marche" on Ste Dominique near JTM

                1. hello!
                  Being married to an italian.. only one truly authentic italian resto comes to mind: Da Emma. Every time we go, it's like we're in my mother in law's kitchen! It's amazing!!! The gnocchis are to die for!!!!! Enjoy!!!

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                  1. re: leopard08

                    We went to da emma once a few years ago. The food was fabulous. However we were definately not impressed with the service. I have to say we felt discriminated against, (maybe we look young or it was our race) not sure but we were definately made to feel outright uncomfortable in the restaurant by our waiter. It was too bad because like I said the food was extremely good. But for us it has to be a well rounded experience for us to return to a particular restaurant.
                    On another note I would like to second the recommendation for Primo e Secondo which remains one of our favorite restaurants in Montreal!

                    1. re: skwongmontreal

                      What would be the price range at Primo e Secondo? Roughly the same as Da Emma? I looked but no info whatsoever on menu online.

                    2. re: leopard08

                      Da Emma is our hands down favorite restaurant in the Montreal region. Everything is always fresh and tastes homemade. Always leave satisfied, never had a bad dish, the lasagna in particular is amazing. We always make sure to save room for the tiramisu as well, one of my favorites. We've always had great service as well.