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19 Supremely Good Italian Restaurants in Montreal

From ragu to roasted rabbit, and scampi to scallopini.

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

This map showcases some of the best, with an eye to all-rounders — we’ve skipped over the pizzerias and pasticcerias, and highlighted 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 pies — the same goes for pasta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 bright and modern setting. Appetizers such as bufala mozzarella, ensalata with radish and endive, and spicy pecorino, make for an energetic start to the meal, and flavourful main courses that oscillate between classics and new creations won’t disappoint, nor will the extensive wine list. Reservations are preferred. 

2. Bistrorante Boccone

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170 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada
(514) 272-2886
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A stylish establishment adjacent to the Jean-Talon market, this restaurant is an oasis amid the surrounding bustle (the terrasse offers great people watching). It’s a fairly classic affair with antipasti, minestrone, and house-made cavatelli on the menu; the polpo, octopus, is particularly recommended. Closed Sundays (except for private events).

3. Café Via Dante

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251 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1K3, Canada
(514) 270-8446
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A true family establishment, the story begins with Vasco and Wilma, whose marriage in 1963 on Little Italy’s Dante Street led to their son Renato opening a restaurant there. Known for the best rabbit in town, Via Dante has a friendly vibe, which it matches with market fresh food and house-made pasta. It has become a neighbourhood favourite, with daily specials and an intimacy that makes it a choice spot for dates. 

4. Impasto

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48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada
(514) 508-6508
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Chef-owners of this sleek restaurant, Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita, are among Montreal’s most notable restauranteurs, and their combined expertise makes for a mouthwatering menu. A four-course sharing option is available, alongside the à la carte offerings of casarecci nero di seppia, a calamari and shrimp dish, and porchetta del nonno, pork from Ferme St-Canut. The wine list is extensive and varied. 

5. Il Bazzali

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285 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R7, Canada
(514) 439-4878
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A bring-your-own-wine venue operated by catering service Cuisine Opera, Il Bazzali merges music and refined Italian food (yes, there are operatic performances on certain nights of the week). Chef (and tenor) Davide Bazzali and chef Benoit Leclere also bring considerable talents to the table. Five or six-course set menu aims for eco-friendly ingredients, and the décor demonstrates artistry and charm, with some of the bite-sized appetizers served in antique silver spoons. The menus vary frequently but skew towards modern takes on Italian cuisine, with international touches.

6. Tre Marie

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6934 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3G1, Canada
(514) 277-9859
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Another Little Italy mainstay, chef Carmine serves up lunch and dinner classics four days a week at this traditional spot, in the business for over 50 years. Tre Marie makes a good date night, as well: it’s located in a beautiful part of town, and it’s hard to go wrong with something as classic as this place. For the indecisive, the pasta trio is most highly recommended.

7. 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, including eggplant pizza and seafood tagliatelle that tastes like a trip to the Adriatic. It’s a charming modern Mile End spot, with daily specials changing throughout the week, special events such as aperitivo night, and dishes that feel positively luxurious for the (mostly under $20) price tag. Catering is available as well. 

8. Il Pagliaccio

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Canada, 365 Avenue Laurier O, Montreal
QC H2V 2K3, Canada
(514) 276-6999
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It may be named for an Italian clown, but this place is far from a joke. There’s an evident degree of care and deliberation behind its menu, led by chef Manuel Silva. It’s a sharp-looking Outremont-Mile End spot that thrives on innovation; vegetarian options are offered too.

9. 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 location near the Old Port, this eatery is an attractive spot for an upscale evening out or a business event. It’s got hot and cold appetizer menus, spanning from arugula salad to grilled calamari, and hearty primi such as braised rabbit. Note that some of their menu options can also be prepared without gluten, too. Finish the meal off with classic desserts and cappuccino.

10. 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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An aggressively touristy strip of Old Montreal got a breath of fresh air when Olive & Gourmando’s owners opened up this stunner in 2018. It’s a lighter destination than others on this guide — aperitivo-friendly bites are a focus (check out the splendid aperitivo tower), yet Un Po’ di Piu still excels across the board, from desserts (get the olive oil cake) to a small number of bigger dishes. —Tim Forster

11. Balsam Inn

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1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada
(514) 507-9207
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The owners of the excellent Dominion Square Tavern branched out into Italian cuisine with this downtown bistro in 2014, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint — expect staples that some might consider rustic, like osso bucco and meatballs, done at an elevated level. The bar program is notably well-rounded, too. —Tim Forster

12. 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, and rich in flavour, with savoury primi and secondi consisting of pasta, gnocchi, and meat dishes, and sweet desserts such as rhubarb sorbet with Quebec strawberries. The atmosphere lives up to the menu, and the sustainable ethos supports local ingredients. It’s also the home to Le 116, a private event room for up to 80 people. 

13. La Marinara

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1218 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3B 2S7, Canada
(514) 509-4090
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Simple, delicious food, including fresh manicotti and possibly the finest veal in the city, have given this tucked-away restaurant a solid reputation among diners. Expect a welcoming and unpretentious vibe, unobtrusive background music that allows for conversation, and knowledgeable servers, especially in the wine pairing realm.

14. 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 an ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine and some top-notch Mediterranean bites. The food, too, is serenely elegant and finely crafted food. It takes a more modern approach than some of the city’s more traditional Italian institutions, with dishes such as tuna with a yuzu-lobster emulsion, and a few Mediterranean flavours such as harissa and tahini making appearances.

15. Trattoria Trestevere

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1237 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B2, Canada
(514) 866-3226
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Downtown restaurant Trestevere has become an ingrained institution since opening in 1973, despite its location in an area better known for tacky clubs than fine food. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and locally sourced, and the wine list is extensive and carefully curated. Expect classic dishes such as carbonaras and arrabbiatas; desserts include a spectacular cassata Siciliana, a confection made of sponge cake and ricotta cheese layered with candied fruit. 

16. 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 20-year-old institution, still owned by Lorenzo Aureli and Emma Riso, both originally from Rome. A distinctly upscale dining option, it serves an adventurous range of dishes including roast rabbit and swordfish. 

17. Nora Gray

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1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada
(514) 419-6672
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Since 2011, Griffintown’s Nora Gray has been considered one of Montreal’s finest Italian restaurants (and one of the best places in town, point). Its team of young owners, Ryan Gray, Lisa McConnell, and Emma Carderelli (from whose grandmother Nora the restaurant takes its name), have created a menu that leans towards southern Italy, taking a sometimes-simple approach to crafting innovative dishes. There are some solid sharing options, and a pleasant feature is their mezzo menu, with half-servings for the less-famished. Sister restaurant Elena, over in St-Henri, is a good bet for something more casual.

18. Chez Ennio

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1978 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3H 1K5, Canada
(514) 933-8168

This Shaughnessy Village bring your own wine restaurant is a beloved local spot, having inhabiting its de Maisonneuve Boulevard location for 30 years. Eponymous chef Ennio Ricci is the owner and operator, and it’s clearly a labour of love. It’s got a cozy and intimate atmosphere, a hidden-gem vibe that makes you feel like you’ve discovered something special, and most importantly, classic, homey Italian food. The pasta is fresh and the portions are generous. 

19. 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 places here that does breakfast, with an array of pastries and grilled cheese sandwiches. The relatively new Westmount location has a positively charming tiled interior, and a broader menu with evening service, 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.

1. Luciano Trattoria

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

Chef Luciano D’Orazio presents casual trattoria fare in a bright and modern setting. Appetizers such as bufala mozzarella, ensalata with radish and endive, and spicy pecorino, make for an energetic start to the meal, and flavourful main courses that oscillate between classics and new creations won’t disappoint, nor will the extensive wine list. Reservations are preferred. 

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

2. Bistrorante Boccone

170 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2R 1S7, Canada

A stylish establishment adjacent to the Jean-Talon market, this restaurant is an oasis amid the surrounding bustle (the terrasse offers great people watching). It’s a fairly classic affair with antipasti, minestrone, and house-made cavatelli on the menu; the polpo, octopus, is particularly recommended. Closed Sundays (except for private events).

170 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada

3. Café Via Dante

251 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K3, Canada

A true family establishment, the story begins with Vasco and Wilma, whose marriage in 1963 on Little Italy’s Dante Street led to their son Renato opening a restaurant there. Known for the best rabbit in town, Via Dante has a friendly vibe, which it matches with market fresh food and house-made pasta. It has become a neighbourhood favourite, with daily specials and an intimacy that makes it a choice spot for dates. 

251 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1K3, Canada

4. Impasto

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

Chef-owners of this sleek restaurant, Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita, are among Montreal’s most notable restauranteurs, and their combined expertise makes for a mouthwatering menu. A four-course sharing option is available, alongside the à la carte offerings of casarecci nero di seppia, a calamari and shrimp dish, and porchetta del nonno, pork from Ferme St-Canut. The wine list is extensive and varied. 

48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada

5. Il Bazzali

285 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R7, Canada

A bring-your-own-wine venue operated by catering service Cuisine Opera, Il Bazzali merges music and refined Italian food (yes, there are operatic performances on certain nights of the week). Chef (and tenor) Davide Bazzali and chef Benoit Leclere also bring considerable talents to the table. Five or six-course set menu aims for eco-friendly ingredients, and the décor demonstrates artistry and charm, with some of the bite-sized appetizers served in antique silver spoons. The menus vary frequently but skew towards modern takes on Italian cuisine, with international touches.

285 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R7, Canada

6. Tre Marie

6934 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3G1, Canada

Another Little Italy mainstay, chef Carmine serves up lunch and dinner classics four days a week at this traditional spot, in the business for over 50 years. Tre Marie makes a good date night, as well: it’s located in a beautiful part of town, and it’s hard to go wrong with something as classic as this place. For the indecisive, the pasta trio is most highly recommended.

6934 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3G1, Canada

7. Barcola Bistro

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

Chef Fabrizio Caprioli serves up the flavours of northern Italy, including eggplant pizza and seafood tagliatelle that tastes like a trip to the Adriatic. It’s a charming modern Mile End spot, with daily specials changing throughout the week, special events such as aperitivo night, and dishes that feel positively luxurious for the (mostly under $20) price tag. Catering is available as well. 

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

8. Il Pagliaccio

Canada, 365 Avenue Laurier O, Montreal, QC H2V 2K3, Canada

It may be named for an Italian clown, but this place is far from a joke. There’s an evident degree of care and deliberation behind its menu, led by chef Manuel Silva. It’s a sharp-looking Outremont-Mile End spot that thrives on innovation; vegetarian options are offered too.

Canada, 365 Avenue Laurier O, Montreal
QC H2V 2K3, Canada

9. Ristorante Quattro

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

With a prime location near the Old Port, this eatery is an attractive spot for an upscale evening out or a business event. It’s got hot and cold appetizer menus, spanning from arugula salad to grilled calamari, and hearty primi such as braised rabbit. Note that some of their menu options can also be prepared without gluten, too. Finish the meal off with classic desserts and cappuccino.

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

10. Un Po' Di Piu

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

An aggressively touristy strip of Old Montreal got a breath of fresh air when Olive & Gourmando’s owners opened up this stunner in 2018. It’s a lighter destination than others on this guide — aperitivo-friendly bites are a focus (check out the splendid aperitivo tower), yet Un Po’ di Piu still excels across the board, from desserts (get the olive oil cake) to a small number of bigger dishes. —Tim Forster

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

11. Balsam Inn

1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC H3B 2V5, Canada

The owners of the excellent Dominion Square Tavern branched out into Italian cuisine with this downtown bistro in 2014, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint — expect staples that some might consider rustic, like osso bucco and meatballs, done at an elevated level. The bar program is notably well-rounded, too. —Tim Forster

1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada

12. 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, and rich in flavour, with savoury primi and secondi consisting of pasta, gnocchi, and meat dishes, and sweet desserts such as rhubarb sorbet with Quebec strawberries. The atmosphere lives up to the menu, and the sustainable ethos supports local ingredients. It’s also the home to Le 116, a private event room for up to 80 people. 

116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

13. La Marinara

1218 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3B 2S7, Canada

Simple, delicious food, including fresh manicotti and possibly the finest veal in the city, have given this tucked-away restaurant a solid reputation among diners. Expect a welcoming and unpretentious vibe, unobtrusive background music that allows for conversation, and knowledgeable servers, especially in the wine pairing realm.

1218 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3B 2S7, Canada

14. Beatrice

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

Beatrice bills itself an “urban oasis”, with a neatly-shaded terrasse making for an ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine and some top-notch Mediterranean bites. The food, too, is serenely elegant and finely crafted food. It takes a more modern approach than some of the city’s more traditional Italian institutions, with dishes such as tuna with a yuzu-lobster emulsion, and a few Mediterranean flavours such as harissa and tahini making appearances.

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

15. Trattoria Trestevere

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

Downtown restaurant Trestevere has become an ingrained institution since opening in 1973, despite its location in an area better known for tacky clubs than fine food. Fruits and vegetables are fresh and locally sourced, and the wine list is extensive and carefully curated. Expect classic dishes such as carbonaras and arrabbiatas; desserts include a spectacular cassata Siciliana, a confection made of sponge cake and ricotta cheese layered with candied fruit. 

1237 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B2, Canada

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16. 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 20-year-old institution, still owned by Lorenzo Aureli and Emma Riso, both originally from Rome. A distinctly upscale dining option, it serves an adventurous range of dishes including roast rabbit and swordfish. 

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

17. Nora Gray

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

Since 2011, Griffintown’s Nora Gray has been considered one of Montreal’s finest Italian restaurants (and one of the best places in town, point). Its team of young owners, Ryan Gray, Lisa McConnell, and Emma Carderelli (from whose grandmother Nora the restaurant takes its name), have created a menu that leans towards southern Italy, taking a sometimes-simple approach to crafting innovative dishes. There are some solid sharing options, and a pleasant feature is their mezzo menu, with half-servings for the less-famished. Sister restaurant Elena, over in St-Henri, is a good bet for something more casual.

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

18. Chez Ennio

1978 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3H 1K5, Canada

This Shaughnessy Village bring your own wine restaurant is a beloved local spot, having inhabiting its de Maisonneuve Boulevard location for 30 years. Eponymous chef Ennio Ricci is the owner and operator, and it’s clearly a labour of love. It’s got a cozy and intimate atmosphere, a hidden-gem vibe that makes you feel like you’ve discovered something special, and most importantly, classic, homey Italian food. The pasta is fresh and the portions are generous. 

1978 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3H 1K5, Canada

19. Café Gentile (multiple locations)

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

This fun, casual spot is one of the few places here that does breakfast, with an array of pastries and grilled cheese sandwiches. The relatively new Westmount location has a positively charming tiled interior, and a broader menu with evening service, 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

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