October 24th, 2012
On a Thursday night, late at 9pm we entered the Little Italy bustling hot spot. It was so full, we had to wait to be seated by the bar. While standing, I noted on the décor – chic and elegant yet unpretentious, with a hefty pizza oven visible in the back.
The menu holds a list of sfizi (Italian appetizers), while pizza dominates with dolci for dessert. The pizza comes in (sans tomato sauce or with) 14 varieties. Another little section showcases 3 specialita (specialties of the house I presume): pizza dough stuffed with different ingredients, a little like a calzone.
We ordered Bacio della Bottega to start. And here, I’ll admit, I was sold on the name. Bacio means kiss in Italian.
What arrived was orange-sized pizza buns stuffed with prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, mozzarella and ricotta. And at 3$ apiece, I could have ordered aplenty. It was heavily covered in arugula and abundant parmesan. It was delicious – my favourite kind of kiss.
Then came the pizza.
And at Bottega Pizzeria, my dears, the pizza is Napoletana.
At the first bite, I was taken to a far away land where pizza comes from, where it’s thin and gooey, simple and divine.
And then I spend a good moment deciding if I had found the best pizza in Montreal…
The sauce in my Margherita was sweet, the crust thin and a giant basil leaf took center stage. Monsieur picked La Caprese: San Marzano and cherry tomatoes, oregano with fresh Fior di Latte mozzarella.
The wine menu, on the other hand, felt unsatisfactory. While the choice is infinite (of whites, reds and rosés), when you’re not in the mood for a 120$ bottle, there’s only 4 options that come by the glass.
Vino aside, this place is a gem! I’ll be coming back here soon, especially that I’m eyeing a black truffle pizza and spotted as-we-were-leaving gelato bar. Bottego, mi piace. I’m sending my kisses your way.Posted in restaurant recommendations | Leave a comment