What you're getting: Squash and poppy seed gnocchi (or any brunch dish)
Fit for Mile End (read: hip), Barcola is a small resto-bar that prides itself on making dishes reminiscent of of meals made in Northern Italy. Each and every day, Head Chef Fabrizio Caprioli creates a menu featuring just three appetizers and three mains. A large part of Barcola's culinary reputation stems from the restaurant's original creation of squash and poppy seed gnocchi topped with butter, sage, and smoked ricotta. Also, few Italian eateries break into the brunch scene, but Barcola goes there, and with dishes like home-smoked salmon eggs Benedict, you'll be glad it did.
What you're getting: The veal chop
Perhaps one of the most renowned Italian restaurants in all of Montreal, Da Emma has been pleasing taste buds for the last 23 years under the guidance of chef and co-owner Emma Risa. What makes Risa's food so good? Well, she IS the traditional old Italian lady who makes amazing Italian food, except you don't need to be a friend of the family to enjoy her cooking, just go to Da Emma. Built out of an old women's prison, the Old Montreal restaurant is very inviting despite its past, as is the large wine cellar, but what will keep you coming to Da Emma is the fantastic food.
What you're getting: Porchetta Del Nonno
Two veritable culinary giants joined forces in creating Impasto; Stefano Faita, a best-selling cookbook writer and television chef, and Michele Forgione, the head chef behind the now-closed (but once very popular) Venti Osteria. Impasto wows its clientele with its modern Italian specialties, while also not being afraid to create simple-yet-satisfying dishes, like its Michigan-style homemade hot dog. Famous at Impasto is the Porchetta Del Nonno, a scrumptious porchetta roast served with vanilla pear, the perfect sweet side to complement the salty-fatty flavour of the meat.