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Il Focolaio

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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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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 21:30
Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Fort Frances, Canada
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I read the TripAdvisor reviews and decided to try Il Focolaio. I had expected an Italian restaurant and was somewhat taken back to find what I would describe as a pizza place. However, they serve one of the best pizzas going. The menu is a bit daunting with 75 pizza options. The place is really jammed full of tables -... More 

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Thank ML W
Montreal,Canada
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great surprise. My wife and I were 1st time customers but I can assure you it will not be our last time. We ordered different pizza ingredients and both were absolutely super tasty. This is pizza the way it was meant to be enjoyed and there is a selection of roughly 75 different combinations of ingredients. The staff... More 

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

Hello Carophil, 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 surely share this review with Roxanne, she will be very pleased to see you enjoyed her service! Hope to see you back soon :) Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were trying to find some nice and cheap restaurant and we decided to go to this restaurant because it was almost full of Canadian people. It's a typical trattoria Italiana were tables are pretty close to each other and noisy, but it has unbelievable big amount types of pizza. I ordered a calzone Vulcano, and I enjoyed as I... More 

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Thank Glauco74
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Glauco74, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our calzoni! Hope to see you back soon :) Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Soooo many options! Lactose free cheese option was a pleasant surprise. Amazing pizza and excellent desert. Great service for how busy the place was. We definitely plan on visiting again.

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

Hello Mszumi, WOW! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! We do our best to have options for every taste bud, dietary restriction and preferences (as you can see by our extensive menu!). Between our lactose free cheese, gluten free crust, whole wheat dough, vegan and... More 

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Il Fockolao for a great pizza. Had me some pepperoni and me girlfriend had some of that ham. Slushed down a lovely pint as well didnt I mate. Recommend to everyone.

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Thank Jón Tómas R
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Jon Tomas, 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  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Montreal, Canada
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've worked in Downtown Montreal for over 20 years and have never visited this restaurant. My loss. We went there for dinner on a night out with a friend and the pizza and calzoni were amazing. The service was very good. The food was amazing. So delicious, I will definitely be back. The only downside is that the tables are... More 

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

Hello mixedbreed! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! 20 years downtown and you never came by for a bite, what a shame! I am sorry you felt the restaurant was cramped, we want to give our clients the best experience with a high quality product... More 

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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going here for many years and the pizza is always great. Huge selection of pizzas with amazing ingredients.

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

Hello Elissa, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and for noticing our attention to quality and freshness! Hope to see you back soon  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing food and everything!! Had come on business to meet some partners and expand my business. Except if you go to Un Autre Restaurant at Mile-End!!

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Thank pizzaconnoisseur01
Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello pizzaconnoisseur01, 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:)  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Halifax, Canada
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90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional staff and fantastic pizza. I'd return anytime. Dozens of great options that all tasted great (of those tried), all served up in a hectic and friendly atmosphere.

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

Hello Colin, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and hospitality! Hope to see you back soon  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Ottawa
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok, let me just start by saying I love pizza; all kinds and styles of pizzas. So when I read the reviews for this place, I was enticed to visit it. We went for lunch and the place was super busy; it's a small place so we felt lucky to get a table for 4 so quickly. We all ordered... More 

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

Hello RLarok, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food! Thank you for noticing the attention we put into our ingredients, our quality control is something we take very seriously! Our fresh produce comes in daily and our dough is always fresh, hand rolled in house with... 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, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
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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Neighbourhood Profile
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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