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15 Primo Places for Pasta in Montreal

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Good pasta in Montreal isn’t restricted to Little Italy. While that neighbourhood offers some of the best carb-loading staples in the city (Impasto, Luciano Trattoria, Pizzeria Napoletana) to name a few, but other areas also hold their own in pastas of various shapes and sizes.

It’s also not just Italian restaurants that specialize in pasta dishes: icons like Joe Beef and L’Express offer signature pasta dishes such as lobster spaghetti and house-made raviolis, respectively. Then there’s the newer breed of Italian spots with more modern takes, like Nora Gray in Griffintown, and Le Serpent. Whether it’s old school or new school, pasta is primi at these spots around town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ristorante Lucca

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12 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada
(514) 278-6502
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For almost 20 years Lucca has been serving traditional Italian fare from Little Italy. The house specialty is linguine frutti di mare alla marinara — linguine with a melange of seafood and tomato sauce. If that doesn’t do it, tagliatelle with rabbit ragu is a great bet.

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Ristorante Lucca

2. Inferno

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6850 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal
QC H2S 3B2, Canada
(514) 274-0666
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Pasta may not be the sole emphasis here, but what Inferno lacks in selection, it makes up for in quality. Italian classics like spaghetti vongole with clams and guanciale in white wine sauce steal the show.

Kabocha squash gnocchi
Inferno

3. 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’s spot in Little Italy is a go-to for modern Italian in the city. Their pasta and gnocchi is made in-house about as authentic as it gets, and should make any nonnas in the neighbourhood proud. 

4. Pizzeria Napoletana

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189 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1K1, Canada
(514) 276-8226
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Despite the name, Pizzeria Napoletana has an equally impressive selection of pastas. From long noodles like spaghetti, and fettuccine, to stuffed pastas like ravioli and tortellini, they offer well over 30 different options that can quash any carb craving.

Farfalle tre formaggi
Pizzeria Napoletana

5. Luciano Trattoria

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1212 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1N5, Canada
(514) 303-1204
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One of the newer Italian spots in the area, this trattoria isn’t to be overlooked simply because of a lack of history in the neighbourhood. Chef and owner Luciano D’Orazio does great justice to his heritage and market ingredients. Naturally, pasta is included.

6. Barcola Bistro

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5607 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H2, Canada
(438) 384-1112
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This spot just north of St. Viateur on Parc specializes in northern Italian dishes. The selection changes from day to day but pasta, gnocchi, and risotto are all menu staples.

7. Il Pagliaccio

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Canada, 365 Avenue Laurier O, Montreal
QC H2V, Canada
(514) 276-6999
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Garnering an almost-perfect three and a half (out of four) stars from Lesley Chesterman in 2015, this unassuming Italian trattoria on Laurier isn’t a big name spot, but it knows its audience. Satisfying with a selection of pastas and meatier mains, it’s worth detouring to.

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8. Drogheria Fine

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68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada
(514) 843-6069
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Little more than a shopfront window selling jars of pasta sauce and more, Drogheria Fine also makes some fine gnocchi. Pillowy bites of potato dumpling are smothered in tomato sauce and a liberal helping of parmesan cheese — and it’s just a few dollars for a solid takeout container of it.

9. Maison Publique

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4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
(514) 507-0555
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Maison Publique’s ever-changing pasta specials can be some of the most creative and out-there takes on the staple in the city. (Given pasta fan Jamie Oliver’s connection to the restaurant, it makes sense.) Keep an eye out for everything from tortellini stuffed with winter squash, to maccheroni (a type of long, square edged noodle) with egg and bottarga.

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10. L'Express

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3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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Montreal classic L’Express may be oh-so-French, but its homemade ravioli should not be overlooked. Stuffed with veal and mushrooms, they’re the ideal ratio of filling to pasta, not to mention a complete umami bomb.

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11. Joe Beef

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2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada
(514) 935-6504
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A Montreal pasta guide wouldn’t be complete without Joe Beef’s beloved lobster spaghetti. Creamy lobster sauce envelopes perfectly al dente noodles: it’s an easy sell and a crowd-pleaser. 

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12. Nora Gray

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1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H3C 1H2, Canada
(514) 419-6672
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Looking to combine a romantic date night and a pasta fix all in one go? Nora Gray isn’t archetypal Italian, but it is seductively delicious. All primi (pasta) courses come in two sizes, to facilitate sampling.

Pappardelle with rabbit bolognese
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13. Le Serpent

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257 Rue Prince, Montréal
QC H3C 2N4, Canada
(514) 316-4666
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Pasta is what truly shines at this Italian cousin to Le Club Chasse et Pêche. The menu changes seasonally to reflect all that is fresh and abundant, while still satisfying the comforting aspect of truly excellent pasta. The same restaurant group also recently added the much-more-casual pasta counter, Il Miglio.

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14. Graziella

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116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 876-0116
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Graziella Batista is one of the finest Italian chefs in the city, and this Old Montreal restaurant is where she showcases it all. Options like juicy duck confit ravioli and pillowy gnocchi shine on a small, but very refined menu.

15. Da Emma

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777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H3C 1Y1, Canada
(514) 392-1568
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Can’t book a trip to Rome on the spot? Da Emma is the next best bet. Nothing is ground breaking, but good pasta doesn’t have to be. Classics like fettuccine with porcini mushrooms (pictured) are what diners are in it for.

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1. Ristorante Lucca

12 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1J6, Canada
Pappardelle al cinghiale
Ristorante Lucca

For almost 20 years Lucca has been serving traditional Italian fare from Little Italy. The house specialty is linguine frutti di mare alla marinara — linguine with a melange of seafood and tomato sauce. If that doesn’t do it, tagliatelle with rabbit ragu is a great bet.

12 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada

2. Inferno

6850 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, QC H2S 3B2, Canada
Kabocha squash gnocchi
Inferno

Pasta may not be the sole emphasis here, but what Inferno lacks in selection, it makes up for in quality. Italian classics like spaghetti vongole with clams and guanciale in white wine sauce steal the show.

6850 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal
QC H2S 3B2, Canada

3. Impasto

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

Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita’s spot in Little Italy is a go-to for modern Italian in the city. Their pasta and gnocchi is made in-house about as authentic as it gets, and should make any nonnas in the neighbourhood proud. 

48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada

4. Pizzeria Napoletana

189 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K1, Canada
Farfalle tre formaggi
Pizzeria Napoletana

Despite the name, Pizzeria Napoletana has an equally impressive selection of pastas. From long noodles like spaghetti, and fettuccine, to stuffed pastas like ravioli and tortellini, they offer well over 30 different options that can quash any carb craving.

189 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1K1, Canada

5. Luciano Trattoria

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

One of the newer Italian spots in the area, this trattoria isn’t to be overlooked simply because of a lack of history in the neighbourhood. Chef and owner Luciano D’Orazio does great justice to his heritage and market ingredients. Naturally, pasta is included.

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

6. Barcola Bistro

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

This spot just north of St. Viateur on Parc specializes in northern Italian dishes. The selection changes from day to day but pasta, gnocchi, and risotto are all menu staples.

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

7. Il Pagliaccio

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

Garnering an almost-perfect three and a half (out of four) stars from Lesley Chesterman in 2015, this unassuming Italian trattoria on Laurier isn’t a big name spot, but it knows its audience. Satisfying with a selection of pastas and meatier mains, it’s worth detouring to.

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

8. Drogheria Fine

68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada

Little more than a shopfront window selling jars of pasta sauce and more, Drogheria Fine also makes some fine gnocchi. Pillowy bites of potato dumpling are smothered in tomato sauce and a liberal helping of parmesan cheese — and it’s just a few dollars for a solid takeout container of it.

68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada

9. Maison Publique

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal, QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

Maison Publique’s ever-changing pasta specials can be some of the most creative and out-there takes on the staple in the city. (Given pasta fan Jamie Oliver’s connection to the restaurant, it makes sense.) Keep an eye out for everything from tortellini stuffed with winter squash, to maccheroni (a type of long, square edged noodle) with egg and bottarga.

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

10. L'Express

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada
L’Express
Randall Brodeur

Montreal classic L’Express may be oh-so-French, but its homemade ravioli should not be overlooked. Stuffed with veal and mushrooms, they’re the ideal ratio of filling to pasta, not to mention a complete umami bomb.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

11. Joe Beef

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada

A Montreal pasta guide wouldn’t be complete without Joe Beef’s beloved lobster spaghetti. Creamy lobster sauce envelopes perfectly al dente noodles: it’s an easy sell and a crowd-pleaser. 

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada

12. Nora Gray

1391 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H3C 1H2, Canada
Pappardelle with rabbit bolognese
Nora Gray

Looking to combine a romantic date night and a pasta fix all in one go? Nora Gray isn’t archetypal Italian, but it is seductively delicious. All primi (pasta) courses come in two sizes, to facilitate sampling.

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

13. Le Serpent

257 Rue Prince, Montréal, QC H3C 2N4, Canada

Pasta is what truly shines at this Italian cousin to Le Club Chasse et Pêche. The menu changes seasonally to reflect all that is fresh and abundant, while still satisfying the comforting aspect of truly excellent pasta. The same restaurant group also recently added the much-more-casual pasta counter, Il Miglio.

257 Rue Prince, Montréal
QC H3C 2N4, Canada

14. Graziella

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

Graziella Batista is one of the finest Italian chefs in the city, and this Old Montreal restaurant is where she showcases it all. Options like juicy duck confit ravioli and pillowy gnocchi shine on a small, but very refined menu.

116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

15. Da Emma

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

Can’t book a trip to Rome on the spot? Da Emma is the next best bet. Nothing is ground breaking, but good pasta doesn’t have to be. Classics like fettuccine with porcini mushrooms (pictured) are what diners are in it for.

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

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