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Frequently referred to as “that other pho spot on Ossington” by Torontonians, Pho Tien Thanh holds its own in a city where pho shops are a hot commodity. As most pho places are wont to operate, the food arrives quickly and piping hot, all to the ambient background sounds of slurping and sipping with minimal chatter to be heard. As per norm, cash only.
La Cornetteria. You’ve probably heard of this tiny Italian patisserie before because of their zeppole. Ah, the famous zeppole that makes an appearance only once a year, for a one month limited time only. Come March, Italian bakeries from all over repurpose their ovens to produce the little puff pastry almost exclusively, popping them out at a dizzying pace. La Cornetteria happens to make some of the best ones.
Primo e Secondo is an absolute and total gem. This is one of the best Italian restaurants in Montreal, if not THE best. Just take a look at the pictures below or from the restaurant website. If those don’t make your mouth water, then I don’t know what will. From the food to the service to the atmosphere, Primo e Secondo takes the whole dining experience to a whole new level.
The summer isn’t over just yet. Squeeze Dinette Triple Crown into your agenda and only then can you without shame call it quits and not feel bad about staying inside. This little bite sized diner is located on the corner of St Zotique and Clarke in Little Italy. You sort of get the comfort-food vibe from the moment you get in there thanks to the friendly staff, the jars of home pickled veggies lined up against the walls and the menu itself (cornbread, braised greens and brisket anyone?). Old school milkshake makers sit patiently on the counter and the smell of fried chicken just perpetually wafts in the air. That’s what I’m talking about.