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Gourmet institutions: 10 of Montréal’s oldest restaurants

Montréal’s restaurant scene is one of the best in the world. From fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, the sheer variety satiates all palates. Finding enduring success as a restaurant is a combination of many important variables. Here are some of Montréal’s oldest restaurants that have found the keys to longevity and are standing the test of time. L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel – 262 years (1754) – 426 Saint-Gabriel Street Founded in 1754, the Auberge Saint-Gabriel in the heart of Old Montréal is the oldest inn in North America. If the walls could talk, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel would recount remarkable tales of Québec’s history. Its menu reflects fine French and Québec cuisine that highlights market fresh and regional ingredients for its lunch and dinner service. Montréal Pool Room – 104 years (1912) – 217 Saint-Laurent Boulevard Montréal Pool Room is a local favourite for classic hot dogs and fries. Located in the former seedy red light district of Montréal (now the Quartier des spectacles), this greasy spoon has survived a severe fire and relocation. Nothing will keep us from our beloved “steamies” served at this iconic diner. Schwartz’s Delicatessen – 88 years (1928) 3895 – Saint-Laurent Boulevard Schwartz’s smoked meat is world-renowned and is… / Read More →

11 cool places to visit in Little Italy

From coffee shops to cannoli and boutiques to bocce, Little Italy has so much to love. We got snapping to give you an inside peek on the people and the places that make up this vibrant and energetic neighbourhood. See why a trip here is amore in an instant. Quincallerie Dante A combination high-end kitchen boutique and hardware store, Quincaillerie Dante is a veritable neighbourhood institution, and co-owner Elena Faita, is a true force of nature. Tending not only a boutique, but also Mezza Luna, a sought-out cooking school just next door, this unstoppable Italian lady has raised a family with cooking in their blood. She is currently working on a book about how it all got started. Pizzeria Napoletana At the age of 9 Linda Girolamo was washing dishes at her father’s restaurant, which acted as a kind of “headquarters” for newly-landed Italian immigrants. Now, with her two sisters, she runs the business top to bottom. Fabled for its simple and tasty ingredients, this busy eatery welcomes everyone, from famous faces to three generations of families, with the same grace and friendliness. Milano Only 15 feet wide when it first opened in 1954, Milano has done brisk business since,… / Read More →

Montreal’s best pizza

Whether it’s late at night, or early in the morning, pizza is one of those wonder foods that you can eat at any time of day, hot or cold, on a plate or wrapped in a napkin…