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20 Top Italian Restaurants in Montreal

Try these restaurants for crispy fried calamari, asiago-filled arancini, ricotta gnocchi, spaghetti carbonara, and more

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Montreal has a sizeable Italian-Canadian community, second only to Toronto — so it’s little surprise that there’s a strong cohort of restaurants here to match.

This map showcases some of the best, with an eye to all-rounders — restaurants that offer up the full experience from antipasti to dolci (with a few exceptions). If you’re looking specifically for pizza, there’s a separate guide detailing Montreal’s finest in that category.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Antonietta

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6672 Av. Papineau, Montréal
QC H2G 2X2, Canada
(514) 729-2633
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Local produce drives the menu at this relatively young Papineau Street destination. Expect a menu that changes frequently with the seasons but always includes plenty of primo pastas and pizzas.

2. Knuckles Cantine & Vins

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241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T6, Canada
(438) 380-3858
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Its name may not sound very Italian, but the handheld pockets of cheesy goodness, whose shape inspired it, certainly are. They’re called panzerotti, and they are a must to start off the meal that’ll go on to include, seasonal, veggie-heavy dishes sure to impress.

3. Luciano Trattoria

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1212 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1N5, Canada
(514) 303-1204
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Chef Luciano D’Orazio presents casual trattoria fare in a rustic-meets-modern setting. Appetizers such as beef carpaccio and bufallo mozzarella make for an energetic start to the meal, and classic main courses, including cacio e pepe spaghetti and ricotta gnocchi, won’t disappoint.

4. Restaurant Moccione

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7495 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2R 2E5, Canada
(514) 270-4441
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With pasta-twirling Moccione in the process of completing a move over to St-Denis Street, owners Luca Cianciulli and Maxime Landry have debuted a new takeout spot in its place, offering up some seriously delicious pizzas, plus some tried-and-true appetizers and desserts that earned them praise at the original. Don’t miss out on its asiago-filled arancini, or its pistachio-orange-ricotta cannoli for dessert.

5. Impasto

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48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada
(514) 508-6508
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Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita, the restaurateurs behind this sleek Little Italy restaurant, are among Montreal’s most notable, and their combined expertise makes for a mouthwatering offering. Expect pillowy ricotta gnocchi, seasonal salads, house-cured charcuterie, and a wine list that’s extensive and varied. (Impasto is temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 exposure; check its Instagram account for reopening information.)

6. Barcola Bistro

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5607 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H2, Canada
(438) 384-1112
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Chef Fabrizio Caprioli serves up the flavours of northern Italy, with dishes like eggplant pizza and a seafood tagliatelle that tastes like a trip to the Adriatic. It’s a charming modern Mile End spot, with specials changing throughout the week, dishes that feel positively luxurious for a (mostly) under $20 price tag, and an extensive vinyl collection.

7. La Panzeria

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4084 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M5, Canada
(514) 219-1110
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While most of the options on this guide stand out for dinner, La Panzeria is a lunch leader. From its Focaccia Barese (where the dough gets dotted with cherry tomatoes and olives) and panzerotto (a crispy pocket of melted cheese and tomato sauce) to its octopus panino and variety of orecchiette pasta dishes, the casual St-Denis Street restaurant and coffee shop ensures Apulian food traditions are alive and well in Montreal.

8. Ristorante Quattro

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17 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S5, Canada
(514) 903-2909
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With a prime Old Montreal location, this eatery is an attractive spot for an upscale evening out. It’s got hot and cold appetizers on the menu, spanning arugula salad to grilled calamari and arancini, plus hearty pasta and meat mains, such as speck and porcini mushroom cavatelli and braised rabbit. Finish the meal off with a quintessential Italian dessert and a cappuccino.

9. Un Po' Di Piu

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3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal
QC H2Y 0B1, Canada
(514) 861-8686
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A touristy strip of Old Montreal got a breath of fresh air when Olive & Gourmando’s owners opened up this stunner in 2018. With aperitivo-friendly bites, it’s a lighter destination than others on this guide, yet Un Po’ di Piu still excels across the board, from desserts to a small number of larger dishes.

10. Graziella

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116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 876-0116
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Named for chef and owner Graziella Battista, this top-notch restaurant draws inspiration from her Italian childhood and heritage. Dishes here are some of the most refined in town, with pastas, meats, and desserts all rich in flavour. The restaurant is also the home to Le 116, a private event space for up to 80 people. 

11. Beatrice

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1504 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1L3, Canada
(514) 937-6009
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Beatrice bills itself an “urban oasis,” with a neatly-shaded terrasse making for a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and some top-notch Mediterranean bites. The food, too, is elegant and finely crafted, with some non-Italian ingredients, like wasabi, hummus, and harissa, making appearances.

12. Trattoria Trestevere

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1237 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B2, Canada
(514) 866-3226
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Opened in 1973, downtown restaurant Trestevere is a downtown institution. Despite its location in an area better known for tacky clubs than fine food, expect a lengthy menu of classic dishes, including spaghetti carbonara, mushroom risotto, and cassata, a sweet Sicilian confection made of sponge cake and ricotta cheese layered with candied fruit. 

13. Da Emma

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777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H3C 1Y1, Canada
(514) 392-1568
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A former women’s prison isn’t the first venue that springs to mind for an elegant Italian meal, but that’s one of the many surprises this restaurant has in store. It’s a nearly 30-year-old institution, still owned by Lorenzo Aureli and Emma Riso, both originally from Rome, where its menu also finds its roots.

14. Mano Cornuto

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988 Rue Ottawa, Montréal
QC H3C 1S3, Canada
(514) 868-8451
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Amid all of Griffintown’s high-rise condo developments is this Italian staple and fantastic all-rounder. Grab a schiacciatta (smashed focaccia) sandwich for lunch, swing by for a negroni or sprtiz at aperitivo hour, or hunker down for dinner where the pastas are fresh and the natural wines are excellent.

15. Nora Gray

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1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada
(514) 419-6672
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Since opening in 2011, Griffintown’s Nora Gray has been considered one of Montreal’s finest Italian restaurants (and one of the city’s best overall). Owners Ryan Gray, Lisa McConnell, and Emma Carderelli propose a menu that takes an unfussy approach to intricate, innovative dishes. There are some solid sharing options, with half-servings for the less famished.

16. Café Gentile (multiple locations)

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4126 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Westmount
QC H3Z 1P4, Canada
(514) 925-8686
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This fun, casual spot is one of the few Italian places that does breakfast, with an array of pastries and grilled cheese sandwiches. The Westmount location has a charming tiled interior, and an evening menu, and also serves a Sunday brunch, putting an Italian spin on the weekend standard. Otherwise, visit the original, open since 1959 in the Garment District, with a wide range of sandwiches such as classic chicken or eggplant parm.

17. BarBara

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4450 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1S1, Canada
(438) 375-7209
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Expect many of Italy’s great culinary hits at this young St-Henri hotspot, including bruschetta, arancini, pastas with cacio e pepe, pesto, and bolognese, plus tiramisu or a limoncello-flavoured cake. Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, takeout or dine-in, BarBara does it all — and exceedingly well.

18. Bistro Amerigo

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6127 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1H5, Canada
(514) 507-6121
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Nestled in Monkland Village, this fuss-free neighbourhood bistro is a favourite for homey Italian eating. You can’t go wrong with the fried calamari, spaghetti puttanesca (filled with briney olives, capers, and anchovies), or the osso buco (a braised veal shank), served here with rigatoni.

19. Elena

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5090 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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This extremely popular St-Henri spot hardly needs an introduction: It’s a shoo-in for its gorgeous interior, exciting natural wine selection, and some of the finest wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas the city has to offer. But, be warned, a visit to Elena isn’t complete without a helping of its mafalda pasta, draped in a remarkable rosemary-scented beef and pork ragu.

20. Rita

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3681 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V1, Canada
(514) 419-1942
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Residents of Verdun needn’t venture off for some creative Italian fare. Rita’s menu changes often, but has been known to feature beef tartare served with focaccia, fried Brussel sprouts with a parmesan and pecorino cream, vegan pizzas, and some always-compelling pasta and dessert options.

1. Antonietta

6672 Av. Papineau, Montréal, QC H2G 2X2, Canada

Local produce drives the menu at this relatively young Papineau Street destination. Expect a menu that changes frequently with the seasons but always includes plenty of primo pastas and pizzas.

6672 Av. Papineau, Montréal
QC H2G 2X2, Canada

2. Knuckles Cantine & Vins

241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1T6, Canada

Its name may not sound very Italian, but the handheld pockets of cheesy goodness, whose shape inspired it, certainly are. They’re called panzerotti, and they are a must to start off the meal that’ll go on to include, seasonal, veggie-heavy dishes sure to impress.

241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T6, Canada

3. Luciano Trattoria

1212 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1N5, Canada

Chef Luciano D’Orazio presents casual trattoria fare in a rustic-meets-modern setting. Appetizers such as beef carpaccio and bufallo mozzarella make for an energetic start to the meal, and classic main courses, including cacio e pepe spaghetti and ricotta gnocchi, won’t disappoint.

1212 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1N5, Canada

4. Restaurant Moccione

7495 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2R 2E5, Canada

With pasta-twirling Moccione in the process of completing a move over to St-Denis Street, owners Luca Cianciulli and Maxime Landry have debuted a new takeout spot in its place, offering up some seriously delicious pizzas, plus some tried-and-true appetizers and desserts that earned them praise at the original. Don’t miss out on its asiago-filled arancini, or its pistachio-orange-ricotta cannoli for dessert.

7495 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2R 2E5, Canada

5. Impasto

48 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1J6, Canada

Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita, the restaurateurs behind this sleek Little Italy restaurant, are among Montreal’s most notable, and their combined expertise makes for a mouthwatering offering. Expect pillowy ricotta gnocchi, seasonal salads, house-cured charcuterie, and a wine list that’s extensive and varied. (Impasto is temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 exposure; check its Instagram account for reopening information.)

48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada

6. Barcola Bistro

5607 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4H2, Canada

Chef Fabrizio Caprioli serves up the flavours of northern Italy, with dishes like eggplant pizza and a seafood tagliatelle that tastes like a trip to the Adriatic. It’s a charming modern Mile End spot, with specials changing throughout the week, dishes that feel positively luxurious for a (mostly) under $20 price tag, and an extensive vinyl collection.

5607 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H2, Canada

7. La Panzeria

4084 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M5, Canada

While most of the options on this guide stand out for dinner, La Panzeria is a lunch leader. From its Focaccia Barese (where the dough gets dotted with cherry tomatoes and olives) and panzerotto (a crispy pocket of melted cheese and tomato sauce) to its octopus panino and variety of orecchiette pasta dishes, the casual St-Denis Street restaurant and coffee shop ensures Apulian food traditions are alive and well in Montreal.

4084 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M5, Canada

8. Ristorante Quattro

17 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S5, Canada

With a prime Old Montreal location, this eatery is an attractive spot for an upscale evening out. It’s got hot and cold appetizers on the menu, spanning arugula salad to grilled calamari and arancini, plus hearty pasta and meat mains, such as speck and porcini mushroom cavatelli and braised rabbit. Finish the meal off with a quintessential Italian dessert and a cappuccino.

17 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S5, Canada

9. Un Po' Di Piu

3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 0B1, Canada

A touristy strip of Old Montreal got a breath of fresh air when Olive & Gourmando’s owners opened up this stunner in 2018. With aperitivo-friendly bites, it’s a lighter destination than others on this guide, yet Un Po’ di Piu still excels across the board, from desserts to a small number of larger dishes.

3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal
QC H2Y 0B1, Canada

10. Graziella

116 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

Named for chef and owner Graziella Battista, this top-notch restaurant draws inspiration from her Italian childhood and heritage. Dishes here are some of the most refined in town, with pastas, meats, and desserts all rich in flavour. The restaurant is also the home to Le 116, a private event space for up to 80 people. 

116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

11. Beatrice

1504 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1L3, Canada

Beatrice bills itself an “urban oasis,” with a neatly-shaded terrasse making for a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and some top-notch Mediterranean bites. The food, too, is elegant and finely crafted, with some non-Italian ingredients, like wasabi, hummus, and harissa, making appearances.

1504 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1L3, Canada

12. Trattoria Trestevere

1237 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B2, Canada

Opened in 1973, downtown restaurant Trestevere is a downtown institution. Despite its location in an area better known for tacky clubs than fine food, expect a lengthy menu of classic dishes, including spaghetti carbonara, mushroom risotto, and cassata, a sweet Sicilian confection made of sponge cake and ricotta cheese layered with candied fruit. 

1237 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B2, Canada

13. Da Emma

777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H3C 1Y1, Canada

A former women’s prison isn’t the first venue that springs to mind for an elegant Italian meal, but that’s one of the many surprises this restaurant has in store. It’s a nearly 30-year-old institution, still owned by Lorenzo Aureli and Emma Riso, both originally from Rome, where its menu also finds its roots.

777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H3C 1Y1, Canada

14. Mano Cornuto

988 Rue Ottawa, Montréal, QC H3C 1S3, Canada

Amid all of Griffintown’s high-rise condo developments is this Italian staple and fantastic all-rounder. Grab a schiacciatta (smashed focaccia) sandwich for lunch, swing by for a negroni or sprtiz at aperitivo hour, or hunker down for dinner where the pastas are fresh and the natural wines are excellent.

988 Rue Ottawa, Montréal
QC H3C 1S3, Canada

15. Nora Gray

1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H3C 1H2, Canada

Since opening in 2011, Griffintown’s Nora Gray has been considered one of Montreal’s finest Italian restaurants (and one of the city’s best overall). Owners Ryan Gray, Lisa McConnell, and Emma Carderelli propose a menu that takes an unfussy approach to intricate, innovative dishes. There are some solid sharing options, with half-servings for the less famished.

1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada

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16. Café Gentile (multiple locations)

4126 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Westmount, QC H3Z 1P4, Canada

This fun, casual spot is one of the few Italian places that does breakfast, with an array of pastries and grilled cheese sandwiches. The Westmount location has a charming tiled interior, and an evening menu, and also serves a Sunday brunch, putting an Italian spin on the weekend standard. Otherwise, visit the original, open since 1959 in the Garment District, with a wide range of sandwiches such as classic chicken or eggplant parm.

4126 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Westmount
QC H3Z 1P4, Canada

17. BarBara

4450 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S1, Canada

Expect many of Italy’s great culinary hits at this young St-Henri hotspot, including bruschetta, arancini, pastas with cacio e pepe, pesto, and bolognese, plus tiramisu or a limoncello-flavoured cake. Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, takeout or dine-in, BarBara does it all — and exceedingly well.

4450 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1S1, Canada

18. Bistro Amerigo

6127 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1H5, Canada

Nestled in Monkland Village, this fuss-free neighbourhood bistro is a favourite for homey Italian eating. You can’t go wrong with the fried calamari, spaghetti puttanesca (filled with briney olives, capers, and anchovies), or the osso buco (a braised veal shank), served here with rigatoni.

6127 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1H5, Canada

19. Elena

5090 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada

This extremely popular St-Henri spot hardly needs an introduction: It’s a shoo-in for its gorgeous interior, exciting natural wine selection, and some of the finest wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas the city has to offer. But, be warned, a visit to Elena isn’t complete without a helping of its mafalda pasta, draped in a remarkable rosemary-scented beef and pork ragu.

5090 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

20. Rita

3681 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V1, Canada

Residents of Verdun needn’t venture off for some creative Italian fare. Rita’s menu changes often, but has been known to feature beef tartare served with focaccia, fried Brussel sprouts with a parmesan and pecorino cream, vegan pizzas, and some always-compelling pasta and dessert options.

3681 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V1, Canada

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