The owners of Old Montreal favourite Olive & Gourmando are back with a new restaurant, Un Po’ di Più — and beyond being a promising place for antipasti, aperitivos, and Italian-tinged breakfasts, it also boasts a stylish interior from top designer Zébulon Perron (Montréal Plaza, Foodchain, Impasto, Furco, and many more).
Owners Eric Girard and Dyan Solomon have a long history with Perron, Solomon tells Eater.
“He’s been a friend and customer at Olive almost since the very beginning, way before he was ‘famous Zébulon’.
Perron was going to design a renovated version of Olive & Gourmando in the past, although that never happened.
“He said ‘I really don’t think you need me’ and we just did it on our own.”
Now, Perron has finally worked with Solomon and Girard, and it’s an impressive result: the historic building on de la Commune and St-Laurent is already a strong setting, and Solomon says she wants to build it into a destination worthy of its prime placement.
“I came to Old Montreal 20 years ago... I always felt so sad, because there was the dodgy area and the very cheaped-out touristy area, but you’re talking about one of the more beautiful areas in Montreal. Where else would an entire promenade in front of the water not be filled with all the best restaurants?”
Inside, Perron has done his part to make that happen: large arched windows beam light onto the custom-designed tile mosaic all around the restaurant. Then there’s the décor: a mixed bag that gels with flair, set off by a range of vintage light fixtures, that Perron reportedly had on hand.
For the details on Un Po’ di Più’s menu offerings, take a look over here. Meanwhile, here’s a photo tour of the restaurant, located at 3 de la Commune East, right across from the Old Port.
Note that Un Po’ di Più is presently open until 6 p.m. daily (except Sunday and Monday), and will open until 9 p.m. starting Tuesday, July 31.