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Montreal pizza deserves to be celebrated with the same enthusiasm that’s set aside for poutine and bagels. From old-style classic crusts to pies with modern twists, here are some of the best pizza spots in the city.
This trendy Italian joint turns out authentic wood-fired pizzas, specialty cocktails and DJs spinning Thursday through Saturday, making it a favorite among Old Montreal diners. BEVO’s Chef Giovanni Vella cooks up traditional flavors with a few signature twists in his fare, like the Bosco in Bianco pizza (roasted mushrooms, mozzarella and black truffles) and the Formaggio di Capra e Spinaci (tomato sauce, goat cheese, spinach, and dried tomatoes). In the summer, don’t miss their outdoor terrace, which sits right on Saint-Vincent Street, a stretch busy with locals and artists.
BEVO Bar + Pizzeria, 410 Rue Saint Vincent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; +1 514 861 5039
Expect refined Neapolitan style pizzas and small plates like arancini stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella at this urban locale. Bottega Pizzeria’s pizzas taste as good as they look, thanks to the Vesuvian rock, wood-burning oven that can cook pizzas in 90 seconds flat. On the menu are white pizzas like the Nolana (with rapini, homemade sausage and mozzarella) and red pies like the classic Margherita or the Capricciosa (with San Marzano tomato mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, artichokes, olives, mushrooms and basil).
Bottega Pizzeria, 65 Rue Saint Zotique East, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; +1 514 277 8104
In business since 1972, Centrale Pizzeria is an old fashioned family run restaurant offering home-style comfort food like sandwiches, pastas and what they’re best known for – classic old-school Montreal style pizzas. Located in the vibrant Italian community of LaSalle, the beloved Centrale is best known for their Speciale Centrale pizza with crispy mozzarella, charred bits of bacon, sautéed white onions and tangy sourdough crust. But you’re safe going with any of their pies, whether it’s the Hawaiian, Pepperoni and Bacon, or Mushroom & Green Peppers.
Locals and outsiders come to Il Focolaio (literally translated as ‘fireplace’) to get authentic Italian food that tastes like it came out of your grandmother’s oven. The restaurant prides itself on serving up pizza using ingredients only a true pizzaiolo would use, like extra virgin olive oil, top quality tomatoes and the freshest ingredients. With almost 75 pizzas to choose from, there is something for everyone. Branch out and try something new like the Arugula (pesto with almonds, fresh arugula, balsamic glaze, fresh tomatoes with garlic, oregano and basil, and soft Swiss cheese) or the Smoked Salmon (with tomato sauce, capers, red onions, mozzarella, and fresh smoked salmon).
Il Focolaio, 1223 Rue du Square Phillip, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; +1 514 879 1045
A classic Montreal pizza is characterized by an excess of everything – sauce, cheese, and toppings all piled onto a thick, delicious, pillowy dough crust – and Pizza D’Agostino’s pies fit that description to a T. Run by a Sicilian-born chef Agostino Lumia, this old school style pizza joint serves hearty, comforting and unpretentious food that’s delicious and popular with locals. Don’t miss the Mozzarella and Tomato or the D’Agostino Special (complete with crispy bacon, pepperoni, green bell peppers, and white onions).
Pizza D’Agostino, 7470 Boulevard Maurice-Duplessis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; +1 514 494 7470