Colin Rier, Food Editor.
Chez Tousignant (6995 rue Drolet)
Within the wonderful confines of Montreal’s Little Italy, Michele Forgione and the slightly more famous Stefano Faita have established a mini-empire of deeply delicious restaurants. First, there was Impasto; the shiniest of all the jewels, followed by GEMA pizzeria and most recently their humble ode to the casse-croute; Chez Tousignant. Immediately upon entering, you know this place will be fantastic. The decor perfectly captures everything we love about diner culture, while also moving it forward. The menu is incredibly simple; hamburgers, hot dogs, poutine and sandwiches. Though, unlike most of the people hawking these dishes around town, they make every aspect of them in house. Order anything, and everything…it will all be delicious
Alati Caserta (277 rue Dante)
Your first experience at Alati Caserta will likely be very similar to the one I had a couple of days ago. You will have heard about it from a variety of sources, spreading legend of their delicious cannolis. With the awareness that cannolis are one of the greatest cream-filled things to have ever graced the face of this Earth, you will bubble over with excitement and attempt to get there as soon as possible. Upon first entering you will be so distracted by all the other delights on offer you temporarily forget about the cannoli. Returned to your train of thought you try to locate them and you can’t; you’re crushed. Just to make sure, you ask the attendant if they have any, when she scurries into the back and comes back out seconds later with a beautiful cannoli. You lurk back to the corner of the bakery, where you then quickly inhale one of the most delicious things you’ve ever eaten.