Newfangled pizzerias — and restaurants that aren't strictly pizzerias but sling pies nonetheless — keep opening in Montreal. New wave chains like Brigade and No 900, poised to open soon in Ahuntsic and Westmount, are hatching ambitious expansion plans. Meanwhile, it seems like every other new restaurant in the city is tricked out with a roaring wood-fired oven (to wit, the excellent Hoogan & Beaufort, which, granted, isn't doing pizza, but a terrific charred focaccia). Here are five relatively new Montreal pizza peddlers you may have missed.
The remake of the former Salon Officiel and Roy Bar includes pizza. There are seven on the menu at the Plateau cocktail and wine bar, from a classic Margherita, to chorizo with peppers and fior di latte. Sides include meatballs, a Caesar salad, and, for dessert, a tarte tatin. On Wednesdays and Sundays, Watts' pizzas are half-price after 6 p.m.
Watts, 351 Roy Est, open Tuesday to Sunday, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Pullman wine bar's long-anticipated sister restaurant in Milton Parc/McGill Ghetto isn't a pizzeria, per se. Moleskine is actually a little bit of everything — café, grab-and-go lunch spot, slightly soigné dinner restaurant — but make no mistake, there are pizzas on the menu. Six wood-fired, fior di latte laden beauties grace Moleskine's menu, all between $15 and $21: Margherita, spicy pepperoni, sausage and arugula, truffled Mornay sauce with oyster mushrooms, Provençal-style barigoule with mussels, and lobster and cherry tomato. Save room for the homemade soft serve.
Moleskine, 3412 du Parc, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Carboni, a pusher of "Roman and Italian artisanal products and cuisine" from chef Publio Carboni and sommelier Claudia Marchese, recently opened in Mile End. The couple met in Rome, and worked previously at restaurants in the Maritimes and Côte d'Azur. The du Parc restaurant specializes in pizza al taglio, or Roman-style slab pizza, a Montreal favourite served everywhere from Bottega's San Gennaro in Little Italy, to the incomparable Friulano in Saint-Leonard. Like any good Italian café, Carboni serves up cannoli and calcio matches too.
Carboni, 5149 du Parc, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m.
Pronto's pizzas in the Plateau riff on Montreal style; a bit different then, from new pizza players like Brigade, Fiorellino, Gema, and 900. There's the classic all-dressed, a Hawaiian, vegetarian, spinach, steak, rapini, and the Paolo's special, with meat sauce, bacon, honey, cheese, and oregano. The menu extends beyond pizza as well, with lasagna, baguette sandwiches and wraps (steak, prosciutto, chicken, Italian sausage, and vegetable), soups (minestrone, and chicken noodle) and packaged salads to go. Pizzas are available in four sizes: 7, 10, 13, and 16 inches. Pronto sells individual pizzas, vacuum-packed, as well. Customers can take lunch or supper to go, or sit down at the restaurant's l-shaped counter.
Cuisine Pronto, 5149 du Parc, 2025 Mont-Royal Est, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Westmount's Bacaro has finally expanded to NDG, after considerable delays. The Neapolitan style "urban pizzeria" from Angelo Mercuri, Tommaso Mulè, Vincenzo Papa, André Pereira, and Benjamin Trimont fired up its first pie last week, and offers ten in all. Marie-Claude Lortie recently gave the family-friendly newcomer a favourable review in La Presse, touting the convivial, uncomplicated vibe.
Bacaro, 5950 Monkland, open Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.