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il focolaio pizza

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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: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 137
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  • 21
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  • 7
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  • 1
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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
Fresh, tasty and fun!

We loved the variety of pizza - over 70 different types to choose from! Fresh and delicious. Convenient location with an outdoor patio.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Lesley C
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Schomberg, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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277 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Schomberg, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We loved the variety of pizza - over 70 different types to choose from! Fresh and delicious. Convenient location with an outdoor patio.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

We arrived shortly after opening. Waiter was very friendly and professional. The place was dead and there was wait staff standing all around. Within 30 minutes the place was packed including 20ish tables outside. It was quite a sight. Fast service with amazing wood fired pizzas. Some of the best pizza that I've every eaten. The crust was perfect and... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

Wood oven pizzas made with fresh ingredients, lots of options (more than 70) thin crust, friendly staff, nice drinks, all you need for decent lunch in a warm day of Montreal downtown.

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Houston
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198 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

If you can't find a pizza you will love here you are not looking. Lots of choices. Grab a beer get a pie and watch the world go by. Enjoy the fast friendly service.

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Westmount, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Their pizzas are the best we have found in Montreal - and they deliver ! The wood-oven is the secret to that crust, they do a whole wheat crust too.

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Guelph
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Stumbled on to If Focolaio by chance while touristing in Montreal. Really good pizza, and even better people watching. Could also watch the flames of the wood-fired oven. It was early on a Wednesday evening, and the place was jammed. Despite very tight tables, a line-up, and a very full restaurant, the staff were friendly, helpful and cheerful, including accommodating... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We keep returning to this pizzeria located right downtown. And we must not be the only ones returning since at every visit, the restaurant is fully crowded. Simply the pizzas are good, service efficient and friendly and the location exceptional. A great formula for success!

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Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had looked into this pizzeria for a while and we had very high expectations, and during our two-day stay in Montreal three weeks ago we finally took the pleasure to try it out. Me and my girlfriend ordered the Pizzadierre and the Campagnola pizzas respectively, and we greatly enjoyed them. Everything from the dough to the very last ingredient... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My friend recommended this place, so we went. This place has really authentic pizza. The owners are Italian who has been operating this place for years. My friend came here so often that the owner knows her. So when he saw us, he gave us complimentary desert! What a nice guy!!! I have been to Roma. The pizza here is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This restaurant specializes in thin crust brick-oven cooked pizzas. Plenty of options to choose from. I had the "Ratatouille" pizza, which I certainly enjoyed. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meals and agreed its one of the better pizzas they've had in Montreal.

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Questions & Answers

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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.