Sep 25 2003

Best pizza in Montreal?

One of the enduring issues at the blork blog is the question of what is the best pizza in Montreal? Amelio’s on rue Milton is the long-standing winner, but we’ve seen some decent challenges lately. Il Focolaio on Phillips square is way up there, and Prato on the Main is also in the running.

One big difference is the dough — Amelio’s is thick and chewy while the later two are of the “thin and crispy” variety. This issue is signficant enough to possibly warrant breaking the competition into two areas — best thin crust and best thick crust — because these represents two very different kinds of pizza.

However, we have a new contender, and it throws the thick crust/thin crust discussion all out of whack. Bardeco pizza has a crust that is thick, yet light and crispy!

We had one on Sunday night. It was a take-out from the restaurant on rue Lincoln, near Guy. We ordered the Légumes du jardin – fort / Garden vege -hot — a cumbersome name, but as it turned out, a delicious pie. According to the menu it comes with cheese, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, green peppers, black olives, onions, garlic, and olive oil. Ours also had sun-dried tomatoes and a few pickled peppers (which provided the “hot”). As well, it was liberally sprinkled with aromatic herbs.

Unlike Amelio’s, which puts pounds and pounds of delicous cheese on their pies, Bardeco takes a lighter touch with the cheese. Given my cholesterol level, this is a bonus. Bardeco also seems to have a reputation for freshness, and for making everything from scratch. This would appear to be true, because the pizza was devine, and the thick crust remained crispy even after driving across town and walking a block with the box.

I’ll have to try it again a few times before I declare it a serious contender — maybe we just got lucky this time. But I’m not complaining about the research!

(Note: Neither Bardeco, nor anyone else, have provided any sort of sponsorship for this review.)

Categorized under Food and Drink

6 comments so far

6 Comments on “Best pizza in Montreal?”

  1. Borison 25 Sep 2003 at 11:15 am

    Agreed on splitting it down the middle. Thin crust and thick crust are two very different things and each deserve their own category.

    Bardeco you say? Hmmmm…

  2. blorkon 25 Sep 2003 at 8:12 pm

    Yeah, it was really yummy. Real flavors, too, not just the grease and cheese flavors you get with lame pizza. It’s hard to find though… it’s on Lincoln, on the south side, between St. Mathieu and Guy (closer to St. M). It’s hard to see unless you’re looking right at it.

  3. Fredon 17 Nov 2003 at 10:53 pm

    Bardeco has been my favorite for the last 6 month. The Vegetarian Hot is very very good and not too pricey.

  4. optimuson 22 Feb 2004 at 2:41 pm

    i think research needs to be done on the best dollar-pointe .. i’d say that pizza dore at the berri-uqam station is my favourite.

  5. Scodrason 24 Mar 2004 at 12:34 pm

    I still think Amerlio’s is the best. All the ingredients are fresh and made in store. Their five cheese pizza is awesome. As for the calories,
    all pizzas can be ordered with low fat cheese which still gets rave reviews.
    Keep up the good work

  6. Irv Washingtonon 26 Mar 2007 at 5:08 pm

    B&M Restaurant is the king whether it’s the B&M Special, the #3, or the #21 Primaverra (one of the best veggie pizza’s around).

    Check it out.