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Il Focolaio

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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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Soenderborg, Denmark
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've been here many times before last time we were in Montreal, but this year it hasn't impressed us that much. We both ordered the Pepperonata. One of the pizzas had a lot of cheese, the other barely any. We didn't mind this and therefore we didn't say anything, just thought it was weird that they were so different. The... More 

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Thank zretty
Northampton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best pizza ever! Went on a Monday, was busy which says it all. Pizza is a good size but the quality is fantastic for the price you pay. Service was great, friendly and helpful - only problem is which pizza to pick! My husband had a calzone and he said it was the best calzone he's ever eaten...! Don't be... More 

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

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

Ontario, Canada
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to go here based on TA reviews, however after trekking down Rue Ste. Cath, we noted the sign hand written on the door stating they were closed Dec 23 to Jan 8. C'est domage! We'll try next time...

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Thank CanadaFamof4
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hi CanadaFamof4, I am very sorry to see that you are disappointed. We did set up our notices on social media, our phone messaging system and in store on our door and windows. We really hope that you come back and try out the delicious pizza we have been known for since 1984. Once again we deeply apologize for this... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tired from a day of adventuring, we wanted to "Netflix and chill" in our hotel, so we ordered pizza from Il Focolaio due to it's proximity to our hotel and the good reviews. SO glad we did. The pizza was awesome with great flavors and good topping-to-crust ratio. Great prices. AND it was hot when it was delivered... this is... More 

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

Hello GlobalQuest, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and delivery service! I am glad to see we contributed to your Netflix night! Looking forward to serving you next time your in town! Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Mississauga, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are visiting Montreal from Toronto and we are staying in old Montreal. We were excited about having lunch at this restaurant. The Google ad says open today so we called a cab and off we went only to find out that they were closed for renovations until January 9th! Disappointed beyond belief! To avoid disappointments with other customers pls... More 

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

Hi Doug, I am very sorry to see that you are disappointed. We did set up our notices on social media, our phone messaging system and in store. We really hope to have the opputunity to serve you the pizza we have been known for since 1984 and turn that 1/5 into at 5/5! Once again we deeply apologize for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think it's the best pizza I've ever had. Traveling here from Toronto to visit my friend. My friend doesn't like the olive and green pepper on his pizza, but I think it's delicious. I'm not a vegetarian and I like No. 73. The price is very good. I would definitely come back again if I have chance.

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

Hello Tianle, 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 from Toronto!  Be well and as always, buon appetito ! More 

Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit. The pizza was delicious. I love the breakdown of the menu: vegetarian, seafood, meat,... It makes choosing a little easier. We'll go back.

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Thank gyo2014
Sergio G, Owner at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Gyo2014, 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 vegetarian... More 

Lethbridge, Canada
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116 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great salad to start. Fresh and crisp. The pizza was really really good. Parking is a challenge but it always is in Montreal just off st. catherine- will be going back

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

Hello 154919Michaelt29, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our fresh salad and pizza! Hope to see you back soon  Be well and as always, buon appetito More 

Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sergio and his team rock!!! On a very frigidly cold evening in Montreal for two Torontonians, the pizza and service provided were heartwarming!! Denis, our server, was amazing! Mille Gratzie!!! It's now a ritual, whenever the hubby and I pass through Montreal, Il Focolaio is our 'Got To Go' place! I am not even a Pizza Lover but out of... More 

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Thank LADYBUG2012
Sergio G, Manager at Il Focolaio, responded to this review

Hello Ladybug2012, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so thrilled to see you enjoyed our food and service! Sergio is ALWAYS on top of it and most definitely is the best at what he does, Il Focolaio would not be Il Focolaio without him and I am so glad you had the opportunity... More 

Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this restaurant through TripAdvisor and went there for lunch and it was crowded. We were seated right away and had to wait about ten minutes for our food. Very good pizza for a good price.

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

Hello SteinunnMarta, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad to see you enjoyed our food and trusted trip advisor! Hope to see you back soon :) Be well and as always, buon appetito ! 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, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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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Staying in Centre-Ville (Downtown)

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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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