When we were in Italy we wondered why the concept of fresh pasta to go didn’t exist in Montreal. In Venice we found a gorgeous little take out window with the most delicious fresh pasta made on the spot, topped with various sauces that were sent out in little Chinese takeout containers. In Montreal you can grab Chinese food, pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, even sushi to go, but what about pasta?
Open Monday to Sunday from 8 to 6, Drogheria Fine now offers gnocchi pomodoro to go from a little takeout window on Fairmount Street in the Mile End. Pasta lovers rejoice, you can grab this little takeout container and roam around the Mile End without committing to a sit down dinner. The sauce is called La Salsa Della Nonna, which means “Grandma’s sauce,” is a family recipe of the owner.
Served with plenty of parmigiano and as many dried chili peppers as you want, and we like it spicy, Drogheria Fine is the perfect place to stop for lunch without sacrificing quality for takeout. The shop is tiny, it barely fits 5 people standing but if you fall in love with their sauce the way we did, you can buy a jar to take home. Franco Grattuso’s family recipe is simple: tomatoes, olive oil and basil, but what he does with it is magic.
Besides his tomato sauce, Drogheria Fine also sells their extra virgin Sicilian olive oil packed with dried herbs that you still see floating in the oil. They sell two types of extra virgin olive oil for cooking or for salad, meaning for raw consumption. They also sell jars of pepperoncini (spicy chili spread) that would be heaven with their tomato sauce. This is street food at its finest, for 5$ you get a Chinese takeout container full of light fresh potato gnocchi drenched in tomato sauce.
Nestled between famous Fairmount Bagel and Kem Coba for ice cream, any Mile End foodie crawl should include a stop on Fairmount Street for bagels and gnocchi, perhaps while waiting in Kem Coba’s long line for their popular ice cream. Looking down Fairmount on a Sunday we saw plenty of people munching on fresh bagels, enjoying ice cream and now eating gnocchi from Chinese takeout containers. You know the gnocchi is fresh because at one point the take out window closed because Franco Grattuso had to go in the back and prepare more!
Montreal is bursting with culture and Fairmount Street proves that with so many culinary gems right next to each other. Check out Drogheria Fine, and let us know what you think! Fast food and takeout does not have to mean junk food but we’re certainly happy that it means pasta!
Our Rating: Splendid
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