The Divas love pizza. It’s comforting, and regardless of how many times you eat it per week, sometimes even for breakfast (you know you do!), you never get tired of it because there are so many variations. White pizzas have an olive oil base, red pizzas are tomato sauce based, crusts can be Neapolitan, Roman, etc. But the Divas know their pizza, we’ve been to Italy, and we have been to every top pizzeria in Montreal.
When Brigade Pizzeria invited us to try their pizza, we gladly accepted. Opened in August 2014, Brigade is located on Stanley in downtown Montreal and offers up a fast and casual Neapolitan pizza. This is not a fancy sit down restaurant where you mull over a bottle of wine surrounded by low lighting. This is a fun stop for downtown shoppers, the office crowd, and students who want to enjoy a good pizza on the go.
The Divas arrived on time (a rarity) and were greeted by JD, one of the owners. He explained how Brigade worked. Customers start at the beginning of the line and build their pizza as they move along the marble counter. First you choose a base and then add whatever toppings your heart desires. Brigade has something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters (they have 36 toppings to be exact)! All their products are organic, natural and imported from Italy. Once everything is chosen, the pizza is cooked at 900° in their authentic Marra Forni wood-fired ovens for 60-90 seconds and your pizza is ready to be devoured!
We “built” two pizzas to share. The first was a classic margherita with flair. After all, if they can handle making a basic pizza, they’re off to a good start! The dough was stretched out in front of us and instead of topping it with fior di latte mozzarella we opted for one of our favourites, mozzarella di bufula. It came out bubbling and we had the option of adding dried chilli flakes, and chilli or oregano oil at our table. The charred patches on the dough added an extra layer of flavour overall but the real winner was the bufula mozzarella that melted into the San Marzano tomato sauce. Our only complaint was that we asked to have prosciutto added to our pizza but it was forgotten, and for some reason they had to make the pizza twice…due to technical difficulties.
Next was the quattro formaggi pizza which we customized. The four cheese blend consisted of pungent gorgonzola, nutty fontina, fresh mozzarella and salty parmesan and we decided to add mushrooms for a dash of happiness. They accidentally added the prosciutto di Parma on this pizza instead of the Margherita, but we enjoyed the extra decadence. The cheese melted perfectly creating a smooth layer over the crust, though the middle was a little soggy. The mushrooms added meatiness and the thinly sliced prosciutto added a subtle touch of salt.
Overall, the Divas were happy with their pizzas. While speaking to JD, he told us that their biggest rush is during the lunch hour when the office workers descend upon them. Brigade’s service is quick, perfect for the lunch crowd, though they are still getting into the swing of things. What’s fun is that besides pizza you can also create your own salads and sandwiches too. There is something for everyone! Brigade also offers red and white wine, sangria and various soft drinks and beer. If you’re in the area and looking for a quick bite, check out Brigade Pizza. We don’t always feel like sitting down for a long and arduous dinner, but everyone wants to have a quick meal that doesn’t skimp on quality. Fast food usually means awful food! Brigade certainly offers a quick meal without skimping out on the details.
Our Rating: As Expected
Tagged: 1428 Stanley, Bianca Pizza, Brigade Montreal, Brigade Pizza, Brigade Pizzeria Napolitaine, Diavola Pizza, Downtown, Funghi Pizza, golden square mile, H3A 1P7, Hawaiian Pizza, Italian, Margherita Pizza, Marra Forni wood-fired oven, Montreal, Montreal Pizza, Montreal Restaurant, Mozzarella di Bufula, Neapolitan Pizza, Pizza, Pizzeria, Quattro Formaggio Pizza, Salads, San Marzano, Sandwiches, Stanley, Wood Burning Oven, Wood Oven