As the sheer number of restaurants and shops attest to, Montrealers and Quebecers have always been cognoscenti of the delectable flavors of Italy. Follow us on a gourmet escapade to savour the panoply of Italian products with gusto.
There is nothing that can be added to the reputation of the Quincallerie Dante and of dynamic owner, Elena Faita. A fixture in Little Italy, the hardware store has over time become the largest seller of pasta-making machines in Montréal. For years Elena Venditelli Faita has generously shared her passion for Italian cuisine and great local food. Every Saturday at 14:00 she puts her artistry on display, demonstrating how to make pasta or traditional tomato sauces.
Drop in at Boulangerie Roma to pick up a few divine cannoli.
But the mandatory stop on our tour remains the famous Milano, meat and cheese emporium, a dazzling universe of food products imported directly from overseas.
When it comes to singing the praises of their culinary heritage, Italians know how to make their voices heard. Nicola Travaglini is such a voice. The former agronomist has made it his personal mission to make healthy, authentic, and fine specialty food products accessible. His flagship store overflows with fascinating products – many of which are prepared by chief Domenico Armeni onsite daily – which have become staples in Montreal cuisine.
Nicola Travaglini Boutique
At Alati-Caserta, the first pastry shop in Montréal, the beautiful Rose reigns with passion over her displays of tempting pastries. She will help you choose from among the innumerable gourmet delights.
Some steps further, Dolce et Gâteau‘ice cream’ gives way to gelato, made according to traditional Italian methods.
Continue your gastronomic tour of Little Italy on our website mixtemagazine.ca. There, you’ll find delicious recipes concocted by Elena Faita and Dominico Armeni as well as a little address book to guide you on your way to further taste discoveries.
Photos: Brian Ypperciel