Montreal has a large Italian community and that means one thing: great Italian food! And with Montreal Italian Week going on until August 16th, I recommend heading to Little Italy for a taste of la dolce vita at Tre Marie.
The Fabrizio family opened Tre Marie more than 40 years ago. It started off as a teeny-tiny pasta diner, where they actually served wine in beer mugs. Those were the days! Much has changed since then – they’ve expanded and purchased real wine glasses – but the homemade pasta and sauces and family atmosphere remain the same. Not surprising when you consider that the family matriarch nona Rosina Fabrizo still works in the kitchen!
Personally, I grew up going to Tre Marie, and still go there for family birthdays. Just last weekend, my family and I went in honour of my aunt’s 50th, and despite the fact that their menu changes daily, I found myself ordering the same thing as always: the pasta trio, which includes my favourite, ravioli with rosé sauce. Creamy, flavourful, and so very comforting!
Everything about the experience remains unchanged with time, except one. I now know why I wasn’t allowed to order the tiramisu as a kid… There’s a healthy dose of liqueur in there!
Insider tip: On Saturdays they serve a legendary osso buco. It’s so tender that some people actually call ahead to reserve a portion!
6934 Clark Street (Little Italy), Montréal H2S 3G2
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday:5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Reservations recommended, mandatory for groups on the weekend
Average bill before tax, tip and alcohol: $60 for 2 people