Little Italy
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A traditional Italian neighborhood located in the northern part of the city.
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Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colorful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.
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  • Beaubien • 9 min walk
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Traveller & Foodie
Montreal, Canada3,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I came here because of the Italian Festival in August. I actually don’t come every year however maybe I should because it was very pleasant. Little Italy in Montreal is obviously known for its great café places as well as it fine dining Italy restaurants. The street was filled with vendors. They had a scopa card competition; they also had two stages with Italian music. It was a very nice experience and I highly recommend a visit especially when there are festivals because there are a lot of things happening in the area. I must add that parking is very difficult to find during festivals, you need to pay attention to the parking signs and restrictions.
Written August 24, 2019
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Leonard S
Montreal, Canada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Little Italy comes to life in the summer, and nowhere more than in the few square blocks bordered by St-Laurent Boulevard on the west, St. Denis Street on the east, Dante Street on the south and Jean Talon Market and Jean Talon Boulevard on the north.

The super Supermarket "Milano" at 6862 St-Laurent Blvd. is a must stop for every visitor. Most of its produce is imported from Italy and the variety is great. It also features a mouth-watering array of cheeses, meats, olive oils, fresh pasta and freshly-cooked take-out meals, and much more.

To the south of Milano is a succession of restaurants and cafés with tables set up under colourful umbrellas. Check the menus in the windows for your favourite foods.

If you are fortunate enough to visit Montreal during the F1 Grand Prix in June, you will be dazzled by the display of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis on display on St-Laurent Blvd. Italians love their cars.

If you are a soccer fan, don't miss "Evangelista Sport" at 6821 St-Laurent Blvd.

If you yearn for something that glitters, drop in on Oritalia at 6969
St-Laurent Blvd. - the fine jewelry boutique owned by the award-winning master jeweller, Sergio Porcari.

On Dante Street you will find restaurants and cafés usually filled to capacity with "regulars". My favorite is "Pizzeria Napolitana" at 189
Dante Street where you can find a wide variety of pizzas and pastas. My wife's favorite pizza is #18 which has an exceptional anis-flavored proscuito. My choice of pasta is a fine cannelloni with a light bolognese sauce. They also serve salads. If you have enough room left, try the tiramisu or the wonderful casatina desert.

If you yearn for something a little more upscale,look for "Impasto" at 48 Dante Street. It is owned by Chef Michele Forgione and Chef Stefano Faita who also has a cooking show on CBC TV.

At 277 Dante Street is"Alati-Caserta", a bakery featuring all the classic Italian pastries and cakes for all occasions. Their window display is often mind-boggling in its over-the-top creations.
Be sure to take a box of goodies back to your hotel.

Complete your pleasurable experience by a visit to the Jean Talon Market - a fine Farmers' Market filled with every variety of local and imported fruit and vegetables. It is also a beautiful flower market. You will find many small food stands selling a variety of specialty foods such as bison burgers, and seasonal seafood.

Little Italy is easily accessible by driving north on St-Laurent Blvd.
and by subway.
Written May 23, 2015
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Nick M
Montreal, Canada29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Montreal's Little Italy is unique in comparison to Ottawa (too small), Toronto (I have yet to meet an Italian ??), Boston (too commercial) and New York ( Italy or China??).

You can appreciate Little Italy either by walking/ driving on Saint Laurent, from Beaubien to Jean Talon or head east on Dante, take a north bound street to Saint Zotique and head to Jean Talon market.

Take the time to enjoy an espresso or latte in the numerous caffes ( San Simeon on Dante, Caffe Italia on Saint Laurent are best), shop at Dante hardware (Dante and Saint Dominique), or devour a pizza at Napoletana ( just follow your nose)!

After taking in the sights, sounds and tastes, you'll realize why there are only two types of people: Italians and those that want to be Italians ;-)
Written August 8, 2014
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acruz1979
Sao Paulo, SP154 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I went there and, except for the markets, there is nothing to see. There are many of imigrants but not from Italy. If you want to go , go directly to the markets.
Written October 17, 2014
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Yannick
London, UK108 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
As a Montrealer, I'm still unsure why we have "Little Italy" as a neighborhood. Most of the touristy action there happens on St-Laurent Blvd. and by "action", I'm being generous. There are a few decent italian restaurants, but other than that, it's business as usual with shops, banks, and buildings for rent. You would actually get more italian action further south on St-Laurent, between Sherbrooke and Pine, where it's happening a little more. This neighborhood is really nothing to write home about unfortunately, it barely has an identity anymore.
Written March 30, 2018
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Mduser
North Potomac, MD333 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
There is a little Italy in almost every major city in America. This was by far the least attractive. A lot more can be done to make it more tourist friendly.
Written August 19, 2014
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SagaLEB
Montreal, Canada465 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Friends
Little Italy is a must visit when you come to Montreal. Like the name says it is a genuine Italian section of the St. Laurent Blvd considered a nerve of Montreal and its downtown. Little Italy is very well known for its restaurants and bars that are mainly of Italian style. So if you are looking at tasting some of the best sauces and pastas in town, you just have to stroll down the section and choose any place on there. It is also somewhat of a historic place as it symbolises the Italian immigration to Montreal that is considered one of the largest populations in the city that is also responsible for some of its history and multiculturalism.

A visit to Montreal is not complete without a stop in Little Italy. For those who were here during the Euro Cup, they must have had an outstanding experience especially when everybody was watching the Italian national soccer team play. The entire street interacts with its neighbourhoods and feels like it is becoming one with all people passing by there.

It is recommended that you take a couple of hours and enjoy this part of Montreal whether you are a tourist of the city or reside in it

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Written August 18, 2016
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TravellingAlex
Ontario18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
A great neighbourhood to spend a Sunday. Here's a suggested path to take through the nicest streets:
Take metro blue line to Station De Castelnau
Once outside, walk southwest down St. Laurent
Walk five blocks, take a left on Rue Dante: have a cup at Caffe San Simeon, 39 Dante (marvellous coffee on an unpretentious terrace)
Continue northeast on Dante, see Parc Dante (charming small park)
Past park: Alati-Casserta Patisserie, 277 Rue Dante (out of this world cannoli)
There is a beautiful church across the street.
Double back to Avenue Casgrain, take a right (some lovely boutique grocery stores on this street)
Then go through Jean Talon market (a proper humongous food market; one shop sells nothing but olive oil)
Restaurant option: Primo e Secondo, 7023 Rue St Dominique
Written October 22, 2015
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ssreltd
Skippack, PA14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
This was city neighborhoods. Several nice restaurants but nothing fabulous. The Jean Talone market was the only thing worthwhile. Incredible vegetables and great prices. Wish we could have bought some back with us.
Written October 2, 2013
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MontrealMaria52
Montreal, Canada153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Business
While the Jean-Talon market area is fast being developed for wannabee gourmets, there are still some hidden gems to be savoured. The best place to eat traditional and home-made fare is La Motta Bakery. You can both purchased food prepared and sit at their modest tables and chairs. Another good value is over on Mozart Street called the Three Maria's. Both Cafe Italia and the well known Milano's grocery store on St. Laurant and Dante continue to be jammed packed. Yet another Italian grocery store which is just over the top on quality products is one in the market area itself called Capital. It too has been serving the finest of Italian products for years. Aside from food shopping and eating, there is the Church of the Defesa on Dante Street for some history of the neighbourhood. The Jean Talon Market area is home to French and Italian produce along with stalls from the Middle East. Without question, the market area, where Little Italy is located is a good activity for family and friends. No doubt it will be difficult to stay away from a gelato.
Written August 10, 2013
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