Montreal isn’t the best pizza-by-the-slice city (there’s...Pizza Pizza, and...some others), but there’s one newcomer trying to change that: Bouquet Pizza has arrived in Little Italy, bringing New York-style pies by the slice.
It comes from the duo of Joshua Bastien and Andre Theriault — Bastien, who has experience at Verdun’s Blackstrap BBQ and Tejano in St-Henri, says the idea came from wanting to fill a gap in Montreal that they noticed after visiting nearby cities.
“We love pizza, every time I’d go to New York and Toronto I’d be kind of disappointed that we didn’t have as much of a slice culture here in Montreal.”
Bastien says Bouquet is keeping it simple, doing pies with a crispy crust and soft, chewy top. The toppings lean classic, although with a few creative options. There’s a Staten Island-style upside-down pizza, with mozzarella on the bottom then a garlicky pomodoro sauce on top, classic margherita, anchovy, pepperoni, pepperoncini, and potato-rosemary (with an option to leave out cheese for vegans). Then there’s the star: soppressata, honey, goat cheese, red onion.
Slices come in at $3.25 each, and sizeable 16-inch full pizzas cost around $16 to $19.
The duo spent three months testing out dough recipes before opening up this winter. Bouquet isn’t a stand-alone pizza place. It’s located inside Beaubien Street bar Notre Dame des Quilles, known as NDQ to some, or “the bar with the bowling alley” — the pair have taken over the bar’s kitchen space to open Bouquet.
At this stage, Bouquet isn’t planning to do delivery, but take-out is an option.
STATUS — Pizza Bouquet is open daily at 32 Beaubien East (inside bar Notre Dame des Quilles) from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.