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Have you tried out Nicola Travaglini, Montreal's version of New York's Eataly

I visited Nicola Travaglini and saw large square tables with people sitting around eating very fresh enticing food. Have you experienced the food?

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  1. yes. the pizza is really nice but insanely expensive at $12 for a tiny slab.

    1. The Porchetta is very good but $$$; for other type of products, I think I can go to either Milano or Capitol for a little bit cheaper.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        The porchetta sandwich was $8 when I went last week-end. It was an excellent rendition of the dish: moist, flavourful, porky. In my opinion clearly worth the money.
        I also tried the creme patissiere filled donut and cannoli. They were both fresh and delicious.
        After reading this thread, I was scared of running a high tab for my first visit there.
        But I paid $26 for two sandwiches, 2 pastries and 2 espressos. Not bad!
        Their food is full flavoured, fresh and very well executed. I was very pleasantly surprised.
        I will definitely go back to try other dishes.

      2. i tried their donuts (the apricot one)
        really really good but it is expensive. i consider it more like a treat than something you can eat every weekend

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        1. re: twinkie83

          I actually do go almost every weekend... the pastries are not THAT expensive, unless you compare them to Roma or Alati Caserta. It's sad to say, but they're definitely the only place to go in Little Italy for great italian pastries (La Cornetteria being not far because of their cornetti and zeppole).

          The grissini are really good too and not expensive.

          I have not eaten there yet though. Only a good sandwich to go.

          1. re: Glaff

            for one or two, it's fine but i get cravings and one or two is not enough. i need at least half a dozen (or more) so it does get expensive for me

            1. re: twinkie83

              A litre of gas is also inexpensive. The problem is needing more than one!

              1. re: twinkie83

                You NEED at least 6 doughnuts every weekend?

                There's a Tim Horton on Jean-Talon...

                1. re: Glaff

                  i go to wavel (every other week) they are lighter and better than tims.

                  1. re: Glaff

                    Was just going to mention Wavel - just the other side of the street from the Tim's.

                    1. re: lagatta

                      I was being sarcastic...

                      But about bombolone, I tried the one from La Cornetteria (available wednesday and saturday) last weekend and unfortunately, they were too greasy, too much that you could actually taste the oil... and the dough was drier and more dense than Travaglini's version. I think they were almost the same price.

                1. It really does look like a 1/100ths scale model of Eataly. At this size, however, it works out as an upscale lunch counter that sells some gourmet grocery imports.

                  Thanks to the wine selection, large deli counter, bakery, etc., I feel like Fou D'Ici has more effectively mimicked the Eataly concept while also providing enough innovation to feel like more than a straight-up clone.