Where to Find the Best Italian Food in Montreal

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Montréal's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Italian food in Montréal, we head to Cafe Via Dante - a reader favorite - or we count on Wienstein & Gavino's's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine. Face it. There's more to Italian food than pizza and pasta - not that we don't offer good suggestions for these popular standards as well. Here you'll find our tips for choosing the best contemporary Italian food as well as restaurants focusing on seafood and other staples as part of their Italian dishes. A testament to the diverse population of Montreal, Little Italy is a thriving community in the north end of the city - though many of our suggested restaurants can be found throughout Montreal including downtown, Old Montreal and the trendy Mile End neighborhoods. The Montreal restaurant scene is constantly changing so we strive to keep our entries up to date but let us know if you discover a new favorite.

Old Montreal


Venti offers home cooking from the 20 regions of Italy, with a contemporary twist on popular Italian standards all served in a chic, industrial space in Old Montreal. Some of the more interesting dishes include halibut puntanesca, artichoke...  Read More



Maestro SVP is a casual and popular Italian bistro that focuses on oysters and seafood. For 25 years, the loyal clientele have been coming to this small and friendly place. Maestro SVP often features oyster tasting sessions and contests at both...  Read More



L'Academie focuses on great mussels (moules) with creative sauces. "Moules et frites" offers diners a large serving of steamed mussels in a variety of cream or tomato-based sauces.The best tomato - based sauce, a savory marinara, tops the...  Read More



Careful preparation of the freshest ingredients gives Il Mulino an edge in Little Italy, where Italian restaurants are abundant. The menu changes frequently, as you might expect, which not only allows the kitchen to use only the best produce but...  Read More

BU Bar à Vin


Many folks come here just for the wine, and honestly that is a fine reason. They have a wide variety of wine, with weekly by-the-glass specials that encourage repeat visits. But the food, designed to complement the wine, could stand on its own...  Read More

Restaurant Roberto


It's a restaurant, an Italian grocery store and an ice cream shop all rolled into one. You can have a great meal here featuring generous portions of tasty osso bucco and pastas that are made in-house daily, topped with amazing sauces. There are...  Read More



No menus, no computers and recipes inspired by the home cooking of Modena, Italy - just the way the regulars like it. Café Via Dante never fails. The Little Italy haven has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened a few years back, but it...  Read More



It's hard not to over-order from their fantastic pizza menu but for one person-even a very hungry one, the small pizza is more than enough. Affordable, flavorful and completely satisfying, Amelio's is a tried-and-true standby in the McGill...  Read More



If you're out to impress Le Muscadin fits the bill. Winner of multiple awards, from the esteemed DiRoNa to Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence, Le Muscadin has set the bar on fine Italian dining very high. The atmosphere is elegant and...  Read More



Young professionals are drawn to this stylish venue bathed in warm colors and soft lighting. The place, which occupies three floors, is lively and animated, ideal for group functions or dinner with someone special. Italian fare is the name of...  Read More


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