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Il Focolaio

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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1223 Square-Phillips, Montreal, Quebec H3B 3E9, Canada
514-879-1045
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 177
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  • 25
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  • 10
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mobbed from open to close for a good reason

We were in Old Montreal and a search for "pizza near me" in Google Maps brought this place up at the top of the list. We'd been by this restaurant several times because we were staying nearby. It was always mobbed. So, we abandoned the pizza place we were thinking about and spend 30 minutes getting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Boston
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were in Old Montreal and a search for "pizza near me" in Google Maps brought this place up at the top of the list. We'd been by this restaurant several times because we were staying nearby. It was always mobbed. So, we abandoned the pizza place we were thinking about and spend 30 minutes getting to Il Focolaio. Wow!... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Ended up here on a whim after cancelling plans for another pizza place in the city. Googled nearby pizza places from our hotel and Il Focolaio was closest. Read some reviews on trip advisor and thought we would try it out. So happy we did!! When we arrived the place was packed, and I mean elbow to elbow packed. Even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Good pizza in downtown Montreal. there is a great variety of pizzas. You should go for lunch but don't forget to make a reservation.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Ate here with the family for dinner. It was crowded but there was no wait. Ate outside which was great. Shared a Caesar salad to start - large enough for three of us. There were too many pizzas to choose from. They came out crisp and just right. Highly recommend.

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Pickering, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Great service, knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere and fantastic pizza! The best I have ever tasted! So delicious!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

So many pizza options that it was hard to choose! Our party of four ordered four different pizzas and all of them were excellent. The sangria was also good!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I attended with three of our friends, all of us ordered a pizza each and the bill came to about 100 dollars with drinks... That's 20 bucks a person to eat in a nice restaurant, with delicious food and a great atmosphere. That's also more than a reasonable price for what we ordered. My only negative is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant offers a large selection of thin crust pizza. Once you start loading on the toppings the thin crust just cant handle the liquid and becomes soggy and messy. The pizza must be well done and the edges are burnt to a crisp. It's too expensive for a pizza restaurant and our bill for 6 without alcoholic drinks and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This little restaurant didn't look like much from the outside, but inside I found an amazing quality thin crust pizza. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, you will have to go someplace else, this is restaurant is very basic in terms of decor and environment, but don't worry - you will not be eating the decor! The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great thin crust pizzas. Tons of different pizza options as well as other food options as well. Fun environment in a great location downtown, good place to sit back and drink a couple beers.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1223 Square-Phillips, Montreal, Quebec H3B 3E9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Centre-Ville (Downtown)
  • Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
  • Phone Number: 514-879-1045

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 to 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Centre-Ville (Downtown)

Neighborhood Profile
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Montreal's towering skyline is concentrated in the Downtown area, its nexus of commerce and commercialism. A suffusion of luxury hotels, flagship stores, high-end restaurants, and corporate headquarters characterize the neighborhood, which by nightfall transforms from a business district into a youth-culture hotspot, with hip bars, clubs, and restaurants heavily peopled by students and young professionals. The once-seat of millionaire's 'Golden Square Mile', an incongruity of stately mansions and dapper brownstones sit between glass skyscrapers, creating a visually lush urban landscape. Beneath the sidewalks lay the Underground City, the world's largest below-ground mall, a labyrinth of over 1,500 shops and eateries that echo the profusion of cafes, gallerias, cinemas, and fashion outlets above. From the scholarly array at McGill University to the carousing crowds of Rue Crescent, visit Downtown to shop by day for what you'll wear there by night.