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15 Outstanding Eats in Montreal’s Little Italy and Mile Ex

From thick crust pizza al taglio to a rainbow of Thai curries

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Bound by Jean-Talon Street to the north, the railroad on the south, Avenue du Parc to the west, and St. Denis on the east, the area that encompasses Mile Ex and Little Italy has no shortage of stellar dining options.

Old school body shops nestle amidst new condos and IT headquarters in former manufacturing buildings in “Mile-Ex.” It’s officially named Marconi-Alexandra, and is also home to spots like Senegalese restaurant Diolo and wine bar Le Diplomate. Meanwhile, Little Italy is best known for the Jean-Talon market (see Eater’s market guide here) and a plethora of restaurants ranging from traditional Italian to a vegan ramen spot. Left off this list are some of the area’s iconic cafés, but you’d do good to stop by Caffè Italia or San Simeon, and then bakery Alati Caserta for a cannoli, after getting takeout at any of the options listed below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Diolo Traiteur

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232-A Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal
QC H2R 2X5, Canada
(438) 381-8131
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“We don’t offer ketchup or mayonnaise,” says the menu at Diolo, “We make special sauces for each dish. Be curious!” From mafé, a traditional peanut stew with smoked fish, to yassa, a Senegalese stew with onions, lemon, and habanero pepper, restaurant Diolo features West African cuisine for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Check out chef Edmond’s lamb brochette or whole grilled fish, in addition to their chicken dishes; finish up with thiakry, a sweetened millet pudding for dessert. Spend the afternoon skating at nearby Jarry Park and pick up at the restaurant. 

2. Manitoba

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271 Rue Saint Zotique O, Montréal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada
(514) 270-8000
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Manitoba’s commitment to local terroir and seasonality translates into sublime, earthy takeout options: in addition to pastas made from local grain, they’re making beetroot bolognese and chaga mushroom tiramisu, both featured in the winter menu. The épicerie showcases new chef Jean-Philippe Matheussen’s commitment to preserving and fermentation, with salt-cured egg yolks, dried duck breast, marinated chanterelle mushrooms, and an herby winter tea with fireweed, juniper, and blueberry. Order early in the week.

3. Restaurant Joon

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7130 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3E2, Canada
(438) 380-5660
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One of Little Italy’s newest spots is no newcomer to the neighbourhood: Owner-Chef Erin Mahoney lives a block away. Her dishes take inspiration from the cuisines (and wines) of Persia, Armenia, and Georgia, with an emphasis on freshness from herbs, nuts, pomegranates, and local produce from Jean Talon market and meats from local farms. Don’t miss her special Sudjook Sunday sandwich. Pick-up at the resto, adjacent to the northern Benvenuti arch on St Laurent just south of Jean Talon. 

4. Marconi

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45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal
QC H2S 1C1, Canada
(514) 490-0777
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Like others, this neighbourhood restaurant with a French, market-based focus had to do a pandemic pivot, translating carefully prepared small plates to takeout. Housed in a former dépanneur on Mozart, chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly brings experience from having worked at top spots like Montreal’s Au Pied de Cochon. Co-owner Molly Superfine-Rivera handles the wine; in addition to prepared foods (check out their three course table d’hôte), there’s an épicerie with signature granola. Drop by for takeout. 

5. Impasto

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48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada
(514) 508-6508
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Co-owners Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione hit the nail on the head with their modern Italian restaurant, Impasto. It’s close enough to Nonna’s cooking to not be sacrilegious, yet inventive enough to turn heads, all while staying true to local, Quebec ingredients. Sister restaurant Gema, across the street, has some of the city’s most popular Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas. Wine curation by Benjamin Lemay Lemieux covers both sides of the street. Check the website for delivery options.

6. Dinette Triple Crown

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6704 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E9, Canada
(514) 272-2617
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Dinette Triple Crown made its name with their southern-style fried chicken and family dinner platters, but the sides deserve equal attention (especially the biscuits). Their fun, retro-designed website gives the rundown on all their pantry items: preserves made with summer’s bounty, including a collection of hot sauces, pickled asparagus or watermelon rind, a dry pork rub, and peach preserves. Curbside pickup and in-house delivery in the neighbourhood; check their website for more details.

7. Umami Ramen & Izakaya

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6660 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E7, Canada
(438) 375-6660
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Tucked into a corner across from the Parc de la Petite Italie, Mile Ex’s vegan noodle shop has everything you need for a Japanese-style ramen feast. Choose from ramen with broth or tsukemen (dipping noodles), complemented by gyoza Japanese dumplings or seaweed salads. And, yes, there’s sake, too. Pickup at the resto or order through CHKPLZ.

8. Pizzeria Napoletana

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189 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1K1, Canada
(514) 276-8226
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Offering classic pizzas from margherita to marinara since 1948, this anchor of Little Italy offers over 40 varieties of pizza and more than 30 varieties of pasta. If you want to bring their sauces home — or a branded onesie for a newborn— check out Miss Napoletana, their épicerie directly across the street. Pick-up or delivery available with multiple third party services. 

9. Chez Tousignant

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6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada
(438) 386-6368
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When a chef takes months to perfect a recipe for the perfect potato bun, something should tell you that this isn’t just any old casse-croûte. Little Italy’s favourite snack bar offers homemade hot dogs, griddle-cooked cheeseburgers, squeaky-cheese poutine, and the Big Mike burger, named after co-owner Michele Forgione. Wash it all down with a Tousignant sodas — root beer, black cherry, or orange. Pickup and delivery available with multiple third-party services

10. Épicerie Pumpui

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83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada
(514) 379-3024
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There’s a rainbow of curries — from red to green to yellow (to Massaman) — at Pumpui, under Chef Jesse Mulder’s expert guidance. Yes, there’s Pad Thai, but there’s also Yam Samun Phrai, a crunchy cabbage salad with loads of herbs and coconut milk, and Pad Krapao — a holy basil stir-fry with tiny chilis offered in veg and non-veg format — for those who like to keep things (really) spicy. The website has all the details for their fun merch, plus curbside pickup and delivery with CHKPLZ.

11. Café San Gennaro

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69 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada
(514) 273-6868
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Roman-style thick crust pizza al taglio and bomboloni pastries bursting with pistachio cream are on the pandemic menu at San Gennaro, part of the Bottega family. With old-school coffee and the return of their breakfast (put an egg on it) pizza, all your carb needs can be met in one place. Curbside pickup, in-house local delivery, and multiple third-party apps.

12. Le Diplomate

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129 Rue Beaubien O, Montréal
QC H2V 1C3, Canada
(514) 303-9727
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Chef Aaron Langille’s Mile-Ex wine spot treats an array of local produce with equal degrees of care and creativity, and the result is a treat. Le Diplomate’s simple, skillfully crafted small plates are on hold for the moment, replaced by a compelling menu of hearty family dishes served with sides and dessert — and a great selection of natural wines. Details on pickup and delivery on Le Diplomate’s website

13. Mon Lapin

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150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K9, Canada

With a focus on the apéro hour and a continued commitment to natural wines curated by co-owner Vanya Filipovic, Mon Lapin 2.0 keeps reinventing its menu with happy results: potted bacalá with olive oil, smoked eel en brioche, and duck confit with juniper and pine are on their winter menu, along with a tiny, perfect carrot cake. Head over to their expanded premises for pickup or order online.

14. La Carreta

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350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1L7, Canada
(514) 273-8884
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This Salvadoran restaurant is well known for homemade tortillas, tamales, and hearty platters, complemented by great selection of affordable pupusas. Order online with the usual third-party services, or head over for takeout. 

15. Pastaga

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6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C3, Canada
(438) 381-6389
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Comfort food to go is the new theme of Chef Martin Juneau’s primary restaurant since the pandemic; Pastaga offers a variety of soups, frozen for convenience, with casseroles (think mac and cheese, or moussaka) and savoury pie mains with cod, chicken, or pulled pork fillings. Turnip, maple, and chipotle soup, or carrot and cardamom? Follow it up with some Queen Elizabeth cake. coconut and cranberry tapioca or tiramisu. Natural wines, always close to Juneau’s heart, are still a focus. Pick up right there or order through CHKPLZ.

1. Diolo Traiteur

232-A Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal, QC H2R 2X5, Canada

“We don’t offer ketchup or mayonnaise,” says the menu at Diolo, “We make special sauces for each dish. Be curious!” From mafé, a traditional peanut stew with smoked fish, to yassa, a Senegalese stew with onions, lemon, and habanero pepper, restaurant Diolo features West African cuisine for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Check out chef Edmond’s lamb brochette or whole grilled fish, in addition to their chicken dishes; finish up with thiakry, a sweetened millet pudding for dessert. Spend the afternoon skating at nearby Jarry Park and pick up at the restaurant. 

232-A Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal
QC H2R 2X5, Canada

2. Manitoba

271 Rue Saint Zotique O, Montréal, QC H2V 1A4, Canada

Manitoba’s commitment to local terroir and seasonality translates into sublime, earthy takeout options: in addition to pastas made from local grain, they’re making beetroot bolognese and chaga mushroom tiramisu, both featured in the winter menu. The épicerie showcases new chef Jean-Philippe Matheussen’s commitment to preserving and fermentation, with salt-cured egg yolks, dried duck breast, marinated chanterelle mushrooms, and an herby winter tea with fireweed, juniper, and blueberry. Order early in the week.

271 Rue Saint Zotique O, Montréal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada

3. Restaurant Joon

7130 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3E2, Canada

One of Little Italy’s newest spots is no newcomer to the neighbourhood: Owner-Chef Erin Mahoney lives a block away. Her dishes take inspiration from the cuisines (and wines) of Persia, Armenia, and Georgia, with an emphasis on freshness from herbs, nuts, pomegranates, and local produce from Jean Talon market and meats from local farms. Don’t miss her special Sudjook Sunday sandwich. Pick-up at the resto, adjacent to the northern Benvenuti arch on St Laurent just south of Jean Talon. 

7130 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3E2, Canada

4. Marconi

45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal, QC H2S 1C1, Canada

Like others, this neighbourhood restaurant with a French, market-based focus had to do a pandemic pivot, translating carefully prepared small plates to takeout. Housed in a former dépanneur on Mozart, chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly brings experience from having worked at top spots like Montreal’s Au Pied de Cochon. Co-owner Molly Superfine-Rivera handles the wine; in addition to prepared foods (check out their three course table d’hôte), there’s an épicerie with signature granola. Drop by for takeout. 

45 Avenue Mozart O, Montréal
QC H2S 1C1, Canada

5. Impasto

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

Co-owners Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione hit the nail on the head with their modern Italian restaurant, Impasto. It’s close enough to Nonna’s cooking to not be sacrilegious, yet inventive enough to turn heads, all while staying true to local, Quebec ingredients. Sister restaurant Gema, across the street, has some of the city’s most popular Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas. Wine curation by Benjamin Lemay Lemieux covers both sides of the street. Check the website for delivery options.

48 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1J6, Canada

6. Dinette Triple Crown

6704 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E9, Canada

Dinette Triple Crown made its name with their southern-style fried chicken and family dinner platters, but the sides deserve equal attention (especially the biscuits). Their fun, retro-designed website gives the rundown on all their pantry items: preserves made with summer’s bounty, including a collection of hot sauces, pickled asparagus or watermelon rind, a dry pork rub, and peach preserves. Curbside pickup and in-house delivery in the neighbourhood; check their website for more details.

6704 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E9, Canada

7. Umami Ramen & Izakaya

6660 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E7, Canada

Tucked into a corner across from the Parc de la Petite Italie, Mile Ex’s vegan noodle shop has everything you need for a Japanese-style ramen feast. Choose from ramen with broth or tsukemen (dipping noodles), complemented by gyoza Japanese dumplings or seaweed salads. And, yes, there’s sake, too. Pickup at the resto or order through CHKPLZ.

6660 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E7, Canada

8. Pizzeria Napoletana

189 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K1, Canada

Offering classic pizzas from margherita to marinara since 1948, this anchor of Little Italy offers over 40 varieties of pizza and more than 30 varieties of pasta. If you want to bring their sauces home — or a branded onesie for a newborn— check out Miss Napoletana, their épicerie directly across the street. Pick-up or delivery available with multiple third party services. 

189 Rue Dante, Montréal
QC H2S 1K1, Canada

9. Chez Tousignant

6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2S 2T3, Canada

When a chef takes months to perfect a recipe for the perfect potato bun, something should tell you that this isn’t just any old casse-croûte. Little Italy’s favourite snack bar offers homemade hot dogs, griddle-cooked cheeseburgers, squeaky-cheese poutine, and the Big Mike burger, named after co-owner Michele Forgione. Wash it all down with a Tousignant sodas — root beer, black cherry, or orange. Pickup and delivery available with multiple third-party services

6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada

10. Épicerie Pumpui

83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K7, Canada

There’s a rainbow of curries — from red to green to yellow (to Massaman) — at Pumpui, under Chef Jesse Mulder’s expert guidance. Yes, there’s Pad Thai, but there’s also Yam Samun Phrai, a crunchy cabbage salad with loads of herbs and coconut milk, and Pad Krapao — a holy basil stir-fry with tiny chilis offered in veg and non-veg format — for those who like to keep things (really) spicy. The website has all the details for their fun merch, plus curbside pickup and delivery with CHKPLZ.

83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada

11. Café San Gennaro

69 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K7, Canada

Roman-style thick crust pizza al taglio and bomboloni pastries bursting with pistachio cream are on the pandemic menu at San Gennaro, part of the Bottega family. With old-school coffee and the return of their breakfast (put an egg on it) pizza, all your carb needs can be met in one place. Curbside pickup, in-house local delivery, and multiple third-party apps.

69 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada

12. Le Diplomate

129 Rue Beaubien O, Montréal, QC H2V 1C3, Canada

Chef Aaron Langille’s Mile-Ex wine spot treats an array of local produce with equal degrees of care and creativity, and the result is a treat. Le Diplomate’s simple, skillfully crafted small plates are on hold for the moment, replaced by a compelling menu of hearty family dishes served with sides and dessert — and a great selection of natural wines. Details on pickup and delivery on Le Diplomate’s website

129 Rue Beaubien O, Montréal
QC H2V 1C3, Canada

13. Mon Lapin

150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K9, Canada

With a focus on the apéro hour and a continued commitment to natural wines curated by co-owner Vanya Filipovic, Mon Lapin 2.0 keeps reinventing its menu with happy results: potted bacalá with olive oil, smoked eel en brioche, and duck confit with juniper and pine are on their winter menu, along with a tiny, perfect carrot cake. Head over to their expanded premises for pickup or order online.

150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K9, Canada

14. La Carreta

350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1L7, Canada

This Salvadoran restaurant is well known for homemade tortillas, tamales, and hearty platters, complemented by great selection of affordable pupusas. Order online with the usual third-party services, or head over for takeout. 

350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1L7, Canada

15. Pastaga

6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C3, Canada

Comfort food to go is the new theme of Chef Martin Juneau’s primary restaurant since the pandemic; Pastaga offers a variety of soups, frozen for convenience, with casseroles (think mac and cheese, or moussaka) and savoury pie mains with cod, chicken, or pulled pork fillings. Turnip, maple, and chipotle soup, or carrot and cardamom? Follow it up with some Queen Elizabeth cake. coconut and cranberry tapioca or tiramisu. Natural wines, always close to Juneau’s heart, are still a focus. Pick up right there or order through CHKPLZ.

6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C3, Canada

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