A promising new neighbourhood Italian restaurant has arrived in Petite-Patrie: Antonietta is now open on Papineau near St-Zotique.
As previously reported, it comes from a trio of owners: Luigi Minerva, Daniel Abbandonato, and Massimo Zuccheroso. The menu is driven by chef Anthony Bottazzi, who comes from Caffe Biancamanno (just west on St-Zotique) and also brings experience from notable spots such as Italian restaurant Le Serpent and Montreal’s Maison Boulud.
Antonietta is taking the approach of a casual osteria — it’s billed as modern Italian cuisine that draws upon Quebec’s seasons, with local produce a focus. Expect a menu that will change frequently: fresh pasta, and a local meat or fish special will always figure into the menu, and it’ll showcase plenty of fresh produce from the Jean-Talon Market.
Neapolitan pizzas will also figure into the menu — that section won’t change as frequently, and will lean into classic flavours: think a margherita, or, if last week’s menu is anything to go by, a porcini mushroom option with scamorza and fior di latte. You can pair those with all-natural wines from Quebec and Italy, another focus on the menu.
Antonietta takes over a location that formerly belonged to Pizza Villa — it’s been made over into a bright, cheery space with a few soft, wooden tones.
STATUS — Antonietta is open at 6672 Papineau from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.