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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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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been regulars since mid 1980ies and enjoyed great pizzas at Focolaio. From their thin crust delicious dough to generous toppings and salad portions, they have been consistent in offering a great choice and value, especially for lunch takeout; pay for 3 and they deliver the forth with their complements!

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Thank Pierre A
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has been around for a while and it's the best pizza in town, no questions asked. The choice of pizza is enormous and there some other choices like calzones. Get there early, there is a lineup every day at lunch time.

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Thank Patrice S
toronto
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really good pizza but lost one point because the place was packed (felt like the people behind me were sitting on my lap!) and it was so hot in there! Otherwise food and service were great. Next time I'm in Montreal, I'll order my pizza to go, and sit in the square across the street to really enjoy it.

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Thank dscoochie
Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived in Montreal from Quebec City late in the afternoon and were looking for a quick dinner close to the Tourist Information Office. We checked Trip Advisor and found this restaurant close by in Phillips Square. The place is extremely busy but the wait staff found us a table on the sidewalk. Tables are placed very close together and... More 

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Thank SBandRB
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello SBandRB, I am sorry to hear your commentary and that your experience was not to our standards, as it should have been. We do our best to keep price, low and value, high for our clients, given the high cost of rent in the Montreal downtown area, the spacing of our tables is something we would love to fix,... More 

Kemptville, Canada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What can you say other than....yes, this is great pizza. Love the setting, its friendly and the food is wonderful. Its right downtown and easy to get to.

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Thank tammyzeron
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello tammyzeron, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and cozy environment in a busy city! Hope to see you back soon  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lunch on a Tuesday in late August. They do what they do, and do it well. Extensive pizza menu, and it was good pizza. Service is friendly, great place.

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Thank Travellermuso
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Travellermuso, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! We do our best to have options for every taste bud, dietary restriction and preferences (as you can see by our extensive menu!). Between our lactose free cheese, gluten free crust, whole wheat dough, vegan and vegetarian... More 

Issaquah, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this place by recommendation by a local cafe. Our experience was great! The pizzas were pretty amazing, and the three our family split were all different, yet delicious. The staff we were served by were super kind and efficient. Shout outs to Suzie and Jacobo! They'll even give autographs on request Will definitely return if I ever find myself... More 

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Thank cowofdoom
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello cowofdoom, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and service! Jacobo and Suzie are truly stars, glad to see you thought so too! Hope to see you back soon :) Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Montreal, Quebec
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was able to meet my high pizza standards. The dough was soft and cooked to perfection. I recommend trying their spicy oil. Ask for it. It's free!

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Thank anna7357
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello anna7357, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and our spicy oil! Hope to see you back soon  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Lima
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small restaurant in Phillips Square with great ambiance and tasty brick oven pizza. The crust was crisp, the food was tasty; what else can somebody ask for?

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Thank msalazardc
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello msalazardc, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! Hope to see you back soon  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

London, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We relied on fellow Trip Advisor reviewers to choose this place. Our party of three arrived at 8 pm on a Sunday night and waited patiently for 40 minutes for a table. They sat 3 couples and one set of six people in front of us.Then a woman pushed her way to the front of the long line and asked... More 

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Thank Peter F
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Peter F, Thank you for visiting us and writing a review. We rely on feedback from our guest in order to better serve everyone. To better clarify the situation we do in fact take reservations and in doing so naturally we have to honour them as it would defeat the purpose if we have our guests that took the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
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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.