This small restaurant well concealed in a strip mall along a small commercial street proved to be quite an authentic and true Italian osteria. As I parked my car down the street, a wonderful smell of garlic led me straight to their door on a dark and cold evening. If CHANEL ever decides to create the “Garlic Nr.5” perfume, they absolutely must consult with these people! We had reservations so we were immediately led to our table by a smiling and kind hostess that took care of us for the rest of the evening. She assisted us in selecting from the menu and her recommendations were right on the mark. I had the stuffed meatball as an appetizer (after reading in previous reviews that the “italiani” from Toronto and New York take some home when passing through town). It was truly divine. The accompanying homemade tomato sauce was one of the best I ever had. Anyone can claim great chef skills when cooking with foie gras, truffles and champagne nevertheless, to make simple stuff like tomato sauce so wonderfully rich in taste, refined in texture and appealing to the eye takes a true Master. I followed with a Risotto with Gorgonzola and homemade sausage. Another perfect dish. So perfect that I will have a tough time ordering something else the next time around. Many items on the menu are homemade including cold cuts, another way in which this osteria distinguishes itself in front of a highly demanding Montreal clientele. I ordered the cannoli for desert. Needless to say that my reaction after the first byte was “I should have started with the desert”. Last, but not least, the espresso ristretto was absolutely perfect too, and a true ristretto. The place was full in the middle of the week and the teamwork of the crew made them both highly effective and efficient. By the way, this is a BYOW establishment (“Bring Your Own Wife” - while some people chose the “Wine” vs. “Wife” interpretation for the “W”, I chose both!). We ended up having an unexpected blast of an evening, one of the greatest Italian dining experiences outside of Italy. High Authenticity, Quality and Service best summarize our experience. We shall definitely return.
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