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Travellers' Choice2023
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PRICE RANGE
C$21 - C$41
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Ville-Marie
0.7 km from Saint Laurent Boulevard
Sponsored by: Il Focolaio

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. authentic Italian style pizza
1. authentic Italian style pizza
"We order from this restaurant for business lunches."
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2. Amazing Pizza
2. Amazing Pizza
"downtown Montreal"
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3. Wood is GOOD
3. Wood is GOOD
"So many wood oven pizzas to choose from."
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Top notch pizza. Great service. Good price. It is usually full and can be noisy but that's because it is popular. Get there before 6pm if you are having dinner, or you may have to wait for a table.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello farmer58za, Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review ! We appreciate your business and kind words! delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. On behalf of all the Il Focolaio team...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2023 via mobile

Back in Montreal and HAD to come back and share the best pizza in town. Absolutely delicious and never disappoints. The pizza options are endless. Also tried cannoli and it was awesome too. The staff are wonderful with excellent service. It was great to see...many of the same faces from a year and a half prior - staff retention tells me it’s a great place and that makes me happy!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2023

Hello Sharla! Thank you so much for visiting us on your visit to Montreal. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us! We are so grateful to have a staff that is like an extended family. Looking forward to serving...More

Reviewed March 11, 2024 via mobile

Great great place for pizza , salad and calzones Took the guys here and they loved it. Great atmosphere and the service is outstandingMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Joe, Thank you so much for visiting us with your friends and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review. We appreciate your business and kind words ! On behalf of all the Il Focolaio team we look forward to serving you again...More

Reviewed November 5, 2023 via mobile

It’s all about service. At first, it was great. The food was good; nothing terribly special but good. Then things fell apart. Our waiter seemed to ignore us. He had a lot of tables but he could clearly see we were finished. We waited 20...minutes to get the bill as he kept going to others’ tables. We generally tip very well but as the minutes passed and we felt ignored I was willing to not give any tip. My partner ended up leaving $5 on the table; that’s much less than we’d initially intended. In hindsight, I know I should have explained our disappointment to him; for that, I apologize.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello Robert, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your feedback. I am sorry to read that the service you recevied was not up to par with our service standards. We will bring forward your feedback to our staff and...More

Reviewed October 26, 2023

The best pizza! As soon as we rounded the corner from Saint Caterine Street we saw a line out the door - we KNEW it was going to be good. The line went fast. The pizza was great!! We have Napoletana and Quattro Fromaggio -...no bad choices here!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello frankb885, Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review! We are happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us and appreciate your business. In hopes to serve you again soon next time you...More

Reviewed October 17, 2023

Lots of variety on the pizzas here. Flavor was good. Quality was there. I really enjoyed it all. Service was solid.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello crobing807, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review. We apprecite the kind words and are happy to read that you enjoyed your overall experience with us! In hopes to serve you again next time you are...More

Reviewed October 13, 2023

The taste of everything has changed since the owner retired; i.e tastes less good, especially the sauce used to be perfection and now it's tases cheaper, more acidic. They went cheap on the proccuitto pizza with arugula. Very disappointed when new owners change a winning...recipe.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello Andrew, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your feedback. I am sorry to read that you have found that our quality has changed. The restaurant has been in the same family for almost 40 years, and our present...More

Reviewed October 7, 2023 via mobile

Busy little place with a lineup outside. Quick great service. Mom and I shared a pizza and Caesar salad. Was perfect for us and we can see why the lineup! Great little hole in the wall find :)!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello Donna, Thank you so much to you and your mother for visiting us and for leaving your glowing review! Happy to read that you both enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you for your business!

Reviewed September 30, 2023 via mobile

Got the margarita pizza with chicken added. Delicious toppings , and had the best crust! Reasonably priced too. Recommend!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello J R, Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review. Happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you for your business.

Reviewed September 26, 2023 via mobile

Awesome pizza in the heart of Montreal / downtown. In the summer / fall, I recommend eating in the little terrace outside. Their crust is easily the best in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello christopheboucher, Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review! Very happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us and appreciate the kind words . Thank you for your business, we all look forward...More

Reviewed September 24, 2023 via mobile

Great Margherita pizza.. wood oven fired pizza.. nice dough.. good sauce.. I and picky for my pizza and i really enjoyed this pizza. Great friendly staff and quick service. I will be back and i do recommend it.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2023

Hello Glen, Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review! Very happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us . Thank you for your business, we all look forward to serving you again next...More

Reviewed August 19, 2023 via mobile

Was really excited to try this but it was so average. Wouldn’t recommend, sorry. Was disappointed after the glowing reviews.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2023

Hello enzyme25, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to leave your feedback. I am sorry to read that we did not meet or exceed your expectations. All of our wonderful team does our best to ensure our guests are fully satisfied....More

Reviewed August 9, 2023

We tried this place we heard so much about. Despite the fact that we went during their busiest time, we were fortunate to secure a table for ourselves. The staff's enthusiasm for service was readily apparent, making our experience all the more enjoyable. With an...extensive selection of over 60 pizza varieties, including options catering to vegans and vegetarians, the menu was impressively diverse. For those looking to try an array of pizza toppings and flavors, this restaurant comes highly recommended. We definitely enjoyed our visit and we'll certainly come back for more!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2023

Hello eRaycer14, Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to write us a review. Happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us! Looking forward to serving you againsoon! Many thanks : )

Reviewed August 1, 2023

We were in Montreal for a week, and we ate here 3 times. That shows just how good this pizza is. It is just fantastic! The service is great too. My husband says that the young lady with red hair is the best waitress he's...ever seen. The salad was fresh and the deserts good also.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2023

Hello Kathleen, Thank you so much to you and your husband for visiting us on numerous occasions during your stay in Montreal. Very happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. I will pass on the message to our waitress : ) ....More

Reviewed July 27, 2023

Here they have perfected the art of pizza. Whatever you top your pizza with, the crust, the sauce, and the cheese are each indivually perfect. The service is fast, the location is picturesque. And you can order sangria. Would gladly recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2023

Hello Teresaf82, Thank you so much for visitng us and for taking the time to leave your wonderful review! We appreciate the kind words and are happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. We are all looking forward to serving you again...More

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Wisconsinite01
August 21, 2017|
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Response from Sergio G | Property representative |
We do actually have Vegan options and are working on providing a Vegan friendly cheese in the near future. We can offer any pizza you would like as long as the ingredients are vegan and you ask to remove the cheese which... More
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Hello cbernard239! Thank you for your message and enquiry. Yes, we do accept reservations for Sunday's. Would you like me to help you with reserving a table? Thank you, Sergio
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Il Focolaio is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4