Food & Drink

The 11 Best Italian Restaurants in Montreal

Published On 07/15/2015 Published On 07/15/2015
Ristorante Primo & Secondo
Restaurant Inferno
Barcola Bistro
Ristorante Tartufo d'Oro
Elio Pizzeria


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1. Primo & Secondo 7023 rue St-Dominique, Montreal, H2S 3B6

You won't find conventional menus at Primo. Their menu regularly adjusts to reflect what is available in season, and is written on blackboards in the restaurant. Regardless of the seasonal changes, the risottos are always among the best dishes

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2. Restaurant Inferno 6850 Rue St Dominique, Montreal, H2S 3B2

The menu at Inferno is a blend of Italian classics and more original dishes, offering Antipasto Inferno and the signature Trippa Della Nonna -- a family recipe for tripe with tomato sauce. If you can get over thinking tripe is gross, this dish has been on the menu so long for a reason.

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3. Nora Gray 1391 Rue St-Jacques, Montreal, H3C 1H2

Emma Cardarelli, a prominent chef, and Ryan Grey, a sommelier & mixologist, came together to create a menu of food with perfect pairings of wine or cocktails. The menu includes Southern Italian inspired dishes like Atlantic Halibut with corn & pepper, Zucchini risotto with grilled mushrooms & pine nuts, and Squid ink scarpinocc with lobster sausage and bisque, while the drink menu covers wines, beer, cocktails, and liquors.

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4. Barcola Bistro 5607 Ave du Parc, Montreal, H2V 4H2

This small space fits perfectly into the hip atmosphere of Mile End, and serves food that is inspired by Northern Italian cuisine. Notable for their new-everyday menu (with only three appetizers and three entrees) and for serving brunch (a unique treat at an Italian resto), it's definitely worth checking out.

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5. Restaurant Da Emma 777 De La Commune Rue O, Montreal, H3C 1Y1

This welcoming restaurant is located in a former women's prison in Old Montreal, but has been a popular restaurant for over 20 years. The chef and co-owner Emma Risa cooks traditional Italian food the way she always has, and shares it with the public -- along with a major wine cellar.

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6. Impasto 48 Dante, Montreal, H2S 1J5

The product of a joint effort by Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione, Impasto serves updated Italian dishes (like Porchetta del nonno: porchetta roast served with vanilla pear) along with simple dishes (like a Michigan-style homemade hot dog).

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7. Ristorante Tartufo D'Oro 6961 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montreal, H2S 3E1

Tatufo d'Oro prides itself on making nearly everything homemade, includes breads, pastas, and gelato. The rustic, fresh food is definitely something to remember.

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8. Elio Pizzeria 351 Rue de Bellechasse, Montreal, H2S 1X1

For over 50 years Elio has been serving old-school, authentic Italian and their famous thin crust pizzas. Pasta, pizza, and sauce are handmade in-house daily, ensuring fresh flavors.

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9. Hostaria 236 St-Zotique E, Montreal, H2S 1L1

The welcoming atmosphere, friendly service, and great food at Hostaria is only accentuated by the well-stocked wine cellar, which is right in the middle of the restaurant (!!).

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10. Farine 102 Rue Saint-Viateur O, Montreal, H2T 2L1

The unique menu at Farine is made up of many house-made pastas, breads, pizzas, charcuterie, and even soda. They also serve 'piattini,' Italian small plates similar to the more well known 'tapas' trend.

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11. Salumi Vino 358 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montreal, H2Y 1L7

This Old Montreal spot prides itself on authentic Italian food and quality wines, and serves pasta, meat, & fish dishes.