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bbu88 Dec 11, 2013 02:35 PM

Montreal Italian restaurants?

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    stephanieoz Dec 19, 2013 09:15 PM

    can't believe da emma was not recommended. Must try place located in the old port, very good atmosphere and many celebs have been there.

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      eat2much Dec 20, 2013 11:22 AM

      Indeed, recently Terry diMonte tweeted about a bad meal and even worse attitude there and vowed never to return.

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        CaptCrunch Dec 20, 2013 12:02 PM

        I don't know about Terry but Da Emma is a pretty well known institution and rightfully deserves to be on any italian restaurant list in Montreal!

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          williej Dec 20, 2013 04:48 PM

          I wouldn't just go to a restaurant because celebrities go there, though.. I do know Da Emma is a good place on its own without the celebrity cachet!

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            stephanieoz Dec 20, 2013 05:24 PM

            I know relax I'm just saying it's something interesting that you don't see everyday

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      itsbanana Dec 17, 2013 10:28 AM

      I would recommend Le richmond located in Griffintown. It's new but the reviews are great. I went there twice recently and had an amazing experience.
      I find it particularly good because it's not always easy to catch a place with great food but with an awesome ambiance as well.

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        DowntownJosie Dec 17, 2013 11:44 AM

        Thank you. I have just booked a table. I can't wait!

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          porker Dec 17, 2013 12:37 PM

          Curious how they outsource their steak, not doing it in-house...

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          Shattered Dec 15, 2013 05:36 AM

          Il Cortile, 1442 Sherbrooke O. near Bishop
          Doesn't get mentioned much on this board, dunno why that is. I think it's fantastic.

          In the budget dept: Elio's, 351 Bellechasse

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            williej Dec 12, 2013 07:47 AM

            Italy is a big country with a wide range of cuisines. So what area of Italian cuisine are you interested in?

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              SnackHappy Dec 12, 2013 09:20 AM

              Do we have regional Italian restaurants in Montreal?

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                Maximilien Dec 12, 2013 10:01 AM

                East vs. West Side of St-Laurent style and Laval vs. Longueuil style of Italian cuisine


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                  williej Dec 12, 2013 02:03 PM

                  I would defer to Italian members and those expert in regional Italian cuisine who are on this board for an answer to this. I just posed the question to the original poster in case there was a particular region of Italian food they were interested in.

                  I would ask the same thing if someone posed a question about Indian food as there is a marked difference between southern Indian cuisine and more northern cuisine. The same goes for Chinese, French, etc.

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                    EaterBob Dec 12, 2013 02:19 PM

                    Short answer: Yes.

                    Longer, more nuanced answer: It appears that after a day bbu88 isn't interested in a discussion, or in finding more help. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that they ended up at one of the following: Ridi, Buonanotte, or Le Latini. Or the other people they were dining with decided that everyone should go someplace else, like Deville Dinnerbar.

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                      porker Dec 14, 2013 02:00 PM

                      "...bbu88 isn't interested in a discussion, or in finding more help. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that they ended up at one of the following: Ridi, Buonanotte, or Le Latini. Or the other people they were dining with decided that everyone should go someplace else, like Deville Dinnerbar." - Likey.

                      So it looks like discussion is up to us lackeys.
                      I notice Venti is not mentioned. We ate here a few years back and were very impressed. We never made it back for no apparent reason, but I hear things are not the same (now lacking or inferior). Comments?

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                        CaptCrunch Dec 17, 2013 12:19 PM

                        I liked Venti very much. I heard that Chef Forgione left Venti to start Impasto with Stefano Faita.

                        Didn't go to impasto but its on my list.


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                          porker Dec 17, 2013 12:32 PM

                          We were at Impasto back in October and we loved the place. Had a seat at the end of the bar with a full view of the kitchen area and had a wonderful time. I'd recommend it to anyone and I'm eager to return.
                          Being a hot ticket, its somewhat difficult to snag a table on short notice, though.

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                      chefjeannine Dec 12, 2013 02:23 PM

                      In my experience, there aren't any too many restaurants in Montreal who specialize in cooking styles from specific regions in Italy. There used to be Caffe Della Posta which was Sicilian, but to my knowledge, that was it. Most Italian restaurants I've been to seem to only serve "North American" familiar Italian dishes and don't really venture in traditional region-specific menus, with the exception of some dishes here and there. Anyone here can correct me if I'm wrong!

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                        Maximilien Dec 13, 2013 05:47 AM

                        Scarpetta on Parc Ave. is supposed to be Sicilian.

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                  JerkPork Dec 11, 2013 08:30 PM

                  Are you looking for an Italian spot in any specific part of the city or any particular budget? EaterBob's list has some good spots but they range from $10/head at Momesso's and Milano to $50+ at Impasto.

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                    Ghostquatre Dec 13, 2013 09:07 AM

                    people actually consider Momesso's to be an italian restaurant?

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                    EaterBob Dec 11, 2013 02:45 PM

                    Amelio’s, 201 Milton
                    Bocci Resto, 1756 Dollard LaSalle
                    La Grotte Des Fromages, 4919 Jarry E
                    Impasto, 48 Dante
                    Inferno, 6850 St Dominique
                    Marchigiani, 1715 Thierry, LaSalle
                    Cafe Milano, 5190 Jarry E
                    Momesso's, 5562 Upper Lachine
                    Pizza Nino, 6588 Monk
                    Il Pagliaccio, 365 Laurier O
                    Pasta A GoGo, 8079 Henri Bourassa
                    Scarpetta, 4525 Parc
                    Via Pizza, 4711 d'Amiens

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                      porker Dec 14, 2013 01:54 PM

                      Hey EaterBob,
                      I don't know if I already covered this...
                      Only because you mention Lasalle's Bocci, I'll kick in my 2c: I prefer their cousin's resto Campagnola down the block. Nothing wrong with Bocci (they recently added tapa-sized, inexpensive plates to their menu), but I simply like Camp's homey flair (and BYOB).

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                        EaterBob Dec 14, 2013 02:06 PM

                        They blipped on my radar because of an article I read that mentioned in passing they they occasionally catered for the visiting teams at the Bell Centre.

                        I will try Campagnola as well.

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