Montreal might just be a pizza city after all. With recent openings like GEMA in Little Italy, Brigade Downtown, Bacaro in Westmount, Foyer in Saint-Henri and n° 900 in Outremont, getting a decent pie is not as hard as it used to be.
Now Magpie, the bustling Mile End slinger of Neapolitan-style pizza owned by brothers Boris and Peter Popovic, is opening a second location at 1237 Amherst in the Village in the old Ella Grill.
"We decided that the new location on Amherst between Ste-Catherine and René-Lévesque was an ideal choice because of the large and expanding residential population and because of the redeveloping retail/commercial sector," explains Boris Popovic. "It also enables our east-end clientele the opportunity to have a Magpie pizza without having to travel all the way to the Mile End."
A few details on the new Magpie's menu:
"For the most part, the food and menu will remain unchanged. We will still be focusing on wood-fired pizza, fresh oysters, and fun cocktails, but we will also be adding some new pasta dishes and enhancing some of the seafood and oyster options."
As for the team:
"Our chef at the new location will be Federico Ghergo. He is from Italy and has worked with us at Magpie for a couple of years on and off. We are also pleased to have Will Cody (chef-owner at Maïs) as our general manager who will oversee the daily operations but who will also provide input and contribute ideas for the menu."
Still no word on Magpie’s new pizza oven specs but let’s get to the important question: Will the new restaurant jump on the free pizza day bandwagon?
Magpie in the Village is scheduled to open in mid-November. The tentative plan is to open for lunch Tuesday to Friday and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.