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Nov 20, 2010 12:25 PM

little familial Italian?

Anyone have a casual little neighborhood Italian place they know? The kind of place you go when you're too tired to cook after work. I'm talking a good comfort food and thank goodness I don't have to do the dishes or dress up type of place.

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  1. You could try (Il Galateo 5315 Gatineau St., Metro Côte-des-Neiges).

    It's a small but cozy place and the food there is very good. It's not exactly family-style (the great heaping plates of which-pasta-do-you-want-with-which-sauce) but more as a fine-dining place. The prices are not outrageous. As I troll the Web I see mine is not the only positive review.

    I haven't been there in years but I know it's still; there. On the weekend all the Italians in the neighbourhood come out in their finest so you know it must be doing something good.

    Phone is (514) 737-1606.

    1. I've said it a few times and in fear of being repititious, but I'd suggest La Campagnola on Dollard in LaSalle; family run, reasonable prices (although they went up the past year or so), nightly speacials, and BYOB. They also do their own charcuterie in the basement (soprassetta, sausage, and lonza).

      1. thanks texaspeppers, I have never seen that place even though must have passed it many times, I certainly will give it a try, not much italian in that area except franchises. It is so encouraging to see these family restaurants survive.

        1. what about Il piatto della nonna? Its very casual and also inexpensive. Its always table d'hote and for I think around $15 you get soup or salad, the best pasta and tomato sauce, and a coffee and a small dessert. There are also other options... like sausages, lasagne, meat balls.. and the menu is always changing. Everything is VERY good!

          2000 Rue Amherst, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L8, Canada
          (514) 843-6069

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          1. re: jarschef

            Nonna's never disappoints. When you walk in, you feel as though you are in her house for dinner. The food is rich with love, and you can tell that nonna has been cooking these recipes for decades and has mastered them. You will no doubt leave with what can only be described as a cheese, noodle and tomato sauce coma, which requires immediate attention of a warm bed and cozy blanket. No other restaurant in Montreal can compare to the heartiness and satisfaction that comes from eating her food.

          2. I haven't tried, but perhaps someone can give an opinion on Chez Ennio, 1978 deMaisonneuve West near Fort?

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            1. re: porker

              I have gone to Ennio in the past (many years ago) and used to love it. It is a BYOW that is very small and the atmosphere is familial because the place is owned by a couple, the woman cooks and the man serves the food. Their veal pizzaoila is very good.

              1. re: cricri7

                Thanks for that, cricri, the wife has been wanting to try for some time.

                1. re: porker

                  Then you should probably check it out. Don't expect to have your socks knocked off, however. About the best that can be said is that it's honest, red-saucy and affordable. Also, the couple who run it are sweet, though my memory is that the husband is in the kitchen while the wife handles the FOH (my memory could be wrong since I've not gone back in several years). One odd thing for a BYOB is that they aren't very tolerant of wine geekiness (like asking for a decanter or two sets of glasses).