Quest for an interesting Italian Restaurant
Me and my family really love italian Restaurants, and every year, to start off the holiday, I invite my family out for a memorable dinner. I know montreal is not known for its italian culture, but im still wondering if there is any hidden gems. here is what i've tried so far:
La tomate blanche,
I am looking for somewhat a great atmosphere ( NOT SUPPER CLUB), but also don't want it to feel like a wake. great food, hopefully handmade pastas maybe pizza too. In toronto, I've really enjoyed Terronni, and i am kind of a fan of all of the battali restaurant I've tried ( Babbo, Mozza, Mozza piezzeria). our last few meals in montreal have been la colombe and Europea, so i'd like it to be a little upscale.
i've had the following possible ideas:
Primo & Secundo
but pretty much all of them have both stellar review and abysmal one... anyone care of chime in with suggestion that do not involve a plane ticket?
1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA
65 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S1K7, CA
236 Rue St Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S 1K9, CA
I ate at Primo e Secondo last year. One of the best Italian meals I've had outside of Italy (and better than some I've had there).
It isn't cheap, but considering it's market cuisine, sourced from the Jean Talon Market around the corner, you're getting primo ingredients. I can't speak to the consistency of the cooking, but it's always had the same chef-owner, Roberto, who lives upstairs, and whose family helps run the place. If that isn't old-school Italian, I don't know what is.
This restaurant called Nora Gray is newish but it has been opened by staff from Liverpool House and got an excellent review today in the Mirror. Just putting it out there, seems like it might fit your requirements, only complaint seems to be about the noise level
There's a hidden Italian restaurant in the north end of the city that has 2 or 3 tables only. I heard it might be on St-Michel boulevard. They have no signs outside. It's ran by father and son apparently. I would be interested to find out more about that secret place.