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Il Focolaio

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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1223 Square-Phillips, Montreal, Quebec H3B 3E9, Canada
+1 514-879-1045
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11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 21:30
Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Ottawa
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128 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was my first time going to Il Focolaio... and I totally understand the hype. Next to pizza that I've eaten in Naples, this is the best pizza place I have been to in all of North America without question. We got there at 12:30 p.m. and the place was packed. Fortunately, we got the last empty table in a... More 

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Thank Anne D
Tallahassee, Florida
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The pizza is really good. Period. Way too many choices for a human to digest. Good house white and red wine. The wait wasn't too bad, but it was definitely packed and occasionally a knucklehead would leave the door open allowing the cold Montreal air to come inside. Close seating, rather loud to have a good conversation. Recommend.

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Thank Chad T
Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were here with out 4 kids on a busy Saturday. The staff treated us very very well. My wife and I enjoyed the Belle Gueule red beer very much. The pizza was very good. We were all very pleased. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anybody who enjoys pizza! I couldn't believe the amount of pizza options.

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Thank StrollTheWorld
Montreal
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My sister brought my mother and I to this restaurant and ever since it's all I want to eat. Great staff fresh toppings, I always ask for extra tomato sauce. Love love love their hot chocolate, restaurant is always packed, tight squeeze but still really organized. I try to get a booth (against the wall) so we can have our... More 

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Thank BbeatriceKiddo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. We went with our 2 year old son and it was a great time, especially after travelling for 12 hours. The pizza was delicious and the place was quaint.

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Thank Laura D
Caledon
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything from the service for take out to the pizza itself was excellent. We could not have asked for better. If you are in Montreal, this is the place for great food.

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Mississauga, Canada
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151 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is packed even in a blizzard. The service was very good, as was the pizza. This place turns out hundreds of pizza. My only comment is that they should cook the pizza's for another minute or so to get that real wood oven taste.

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Thank A I
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello A I, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! Hope to see you back soon, it would be our pleasure to serve you :) Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Hamilton, Canada
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pizza's are personal sized and delicious! We had a hard time choosing from the many, many choices on the menu. Everything is made fresh and walking past the kitchen at the end restaurant is a treat. The pizza oven in the kitchen warms up the restaurant on a cold night. The servers were very friendly and chatty. I really wanted... More 

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Thank TravelsWithKylie
Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello TravelsWithKylie, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! Hope to see you back soon, you have got to try the nutella calzone on your next trip in, it is absolutely devine!  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Miami, Florida
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with another family during a snow storm as our hotel was next door. Pizza was great, local draft beer was outstanding and the hot oil for the pizza is a must try. Being from NYC I'm tough on pizza but this place is a true gem.

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Thank Barry S
Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Barry, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! Hope to see you back soon on your next visit to Montreal :) Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Montreal for the last weekend of Illuminart and stopped here for lunch on Sunday before catching our train to return home. We found this restaurant on TripAdvisor, and after reading the excellent reviews we wanted to try it. What a find! The staff were so friendly, right from the moment we entered the restaurant. Service was super... More 

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Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Bijou-G, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and service! I will most definitely share this review with Rachid, it will surely make his day! Hope to see you back soon on your next visit in, it would be our pleasure to serve you and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1223 Square-Phillips, Montreal, Quebec H3B 3E9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Centre-Ville (Downtown)
  • Neighbourhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
  • Phone Number: +1 514-879-1045

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Montreal's towering skyline is concentrated in the Downtown area, its nexus of commerce and commercialism. A suffusion of luxury hotels, flagship stores, high-end restaurants, and corporate headquarters characterize the neighborhood, which by nightfall transforms from a business district into a youth-culture hotspot, with hip bars, clubs, and restaurants heavily peopled by students and young professionals. The once-seat of millionaire's 'Golden Square Mile', an incongruity of stately mansions and dapper brownstones sit between glass skyscrapers, creating a visually lush urban landscape. Beneath the sidewalks lay the Underground City, the world's largest below-ground mall, a labyrinth of over 1,500 shops and eateries that echo the profusion of cafes, gallerias, cinemas, and fashion outlets above. From the scholarly array at McGill University to the carousing crowds of Rue Crescent, visit Downtown to shop by day for what you'll wear there by night.
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