Can we call agree that we all love pizza? I don’t think I know one person who dislikes pizzas, then again, anyone who doesn’t like pizza, isn’t someone worth knowing. I mean, we’ve got pizzas that satisfies all palates, vegan, gluten free, low carb, high carb, keto, there’s literally no reason to dislike pizza. We all have our go-to pizza spots. Like New York style pizza? Cop a slice at La New Yorkaise or Pizza Toni. More into traditional Neapolitan, Gema, No. 900, Rita has you covered. You can find more here. Those are some of my favourite slices in the city, and this week, I add another to the list, I try GPizzas.
I’m convinced that Montreal is going through a pizza renaissance. A revival or renewed interest in something; a cultural rebirth if you will. In this case pizza. There was a time when the only pizzas available in Montreal were the classic corner 2-for-1s, American chains, local Italian restaurants and fancy pants pizzas places that sold more attitude than they did pizzas. You know what I’m talking about. The few places that sold Neapolitan pizzas with thin leoparding crust and gave you an extra dose of upturned noses if you would order anything other than a margarita pizza.
In recent years the proliferation of styles of pizzas have grown exponentially. Obviously from traditional spots like, Gema, Fiorellino, No. 900 and Rita to gigantic New York Style slices at La New Yorkaise, Pizza Toni. And now for something different, Fungool Pizza. The newest pizza pop-up serving Detroit Style pan-pizza in NDG.
Does anyone else remember 49 cent pizza on Saint-Mathieu and de Maisoneuve? Many Fridays of my youth were spent taking the 165 bus down Cote des Neiges to cop the best deal on pizza in the city. For $2, you got two slices of the shadiest pizza and a drink. The food was questionable at best but the risk was part of the experience. It was one of the few places you can go eat fully knowing you’d probably get sick…and you were ok with that. There was a time where you could get a slice almost anywhere in Montreal until these slice shops slowly dried up. Recently, there has been a literal boom in by-the-slice shops, but not just ordinary pizza; New York-style pizza to be exact. I checked out the newest spot slinging slices, Pizza Toni.