Montreal is a hockey city, there’s no denying that and there are plenty of places to watch the game! We were invited to try out some new dishes at Enoteca Monza, and they let us know that they’ll be showing the Montreal Canadiens games all season. While Enoteca Monza might not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re going out with friends to watch the game, they offer something different than the usual beer and wings.
Their charcuterie board is very generous, with prosciutto, salami, different cheeses and more piled high. Though we would recommend you wait for the basket of warmed fresh bread instead of the crostini which came with the board. We also had a plate of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, known as the caprese stack. It was a fresh dish, and not your usual game fare! We appreciated the large fresh basil leaves, and thick slices of cheese.
We’ve had calamari just about everywhere but unfortunately these calamari fell short for us. We found them to be overcooked and tough, and the breading lacked taste. They did however benefit from a dip into the tomato sauce or aioli that were both served with this dish. We also tried the meatballs which were a little too soft, although the tomato sauce that they sat in was delicious. We just prefer our balls firmer, but that’s just us 😉
We tried two different wood-fired pizzas, one piled with prosciutto and the other, the Calabrese pizza, which was piled high with sausage, and hot peppers. The crust of the pizza was very thin, almost cracker like and couldn’t hold up to the generous amount of toppings. This pizza should be eaten with a fork and knife. If the pizza didn’t deliver enough carbs, we also had a side of their highly addictive parmesan fries, a must for any game night!
The pasta at Enoteca Monza pleasantly surprised us. We tried the penne arrabiata, and were happy to see that the pasta was al dente and the arrabiata sauce had pieces of hot peppers for an extra kick. This is a dish we’d happily return for.
Believe it or not, we still had room for dessert! They served a decadent chocolate cake, a Nutella pizza and an apple crisp, which has our favourite. The apple cobbler was warm and comforting, served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. There were plenty of caramelized apples too.
The two other desserts were a chocolate lovers dream. First, the Nutella pizza, which, again, was on the same thin, cracker-like crust as the pizza. They generously spread on the hazelnut chocolate spread and dotted it with roasted hazelnuts for added crunch. The cake was similar but more decadent, with a deeper and richer chocolate flavour, with hazelnuts throughout the frosting.
If you want to try something different for game night, swing by Enoteca Monza, they have various locations but we checked out the one on McGill ave in downtown Montreal. Go and enjoy a plate of pasta or a few of their Italian starters! It’s not the typical place for game night but the bar area has plenty of screens to catch every play and 4 à 7 specials to get you ready for the game.
Our Rating: As Expected
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