Notre-Dame-de-Grace has become the choice neighbourhood for Montreal’s latest pizzeria, opened just recently by three prominent local figures in the food industry. Melrose Pizzeria, amidst online and local hype from reviewers and soon-to-be frequent patrons, held a free public tasting event last weekend.
In anticipation of its launch, the pizzeria/wine-bar hybrid released photos on its Facebook page, making sample menus available to Montreal Eater (whose initial report of the restaurant can be read here). Ian Harrison from Eater revealed that the establishment was opened by partners Eric Denommee, Didier Housseaux, and Paolo Oliviera.
“A good Neapolitan-style pizzeria and wine bar could be just what NDG needs,” Harrison wrote. “The [partners] will soon find out if the formula is a hit with the neighbourhood…[Melrose] got off to a good start with [its] free pizza giveaway [the weekend of August 22].”
Oliviera, a Montreal-based restauranteur and manager, has a storied past in the city’s large and multidimensional eatery culture. A Yellow-Pages profile on Mr. Oliviera details his past ventures, one of which continues operations to this day. Those curious about his other establishments can visit Brasserie le Central, which opened in Westmount years prior. His partnership in Melrose has, by account of early reviewers on sites such as Yelp, made for an impressive new establishment in the NDG area.
The pizzeria — still in its infancy — has garnered early reviews such as one from Luc D., who described the spot as having a ‘wonderful atmosphere’ (with a review of five stars). Similarly, Yelp users described the parlour favourably — one reviewer hailing it as “the best pizza you will find anywhere west of St-Laurent” (with a review of four stars).
Melrose, now off to a strong start, is available for patrons from Tuesdays to Sundays. The new space is occupied in what was formerly known as Joseph Pappo Furs Inc., and can be found sandwiched between Wilson and de Melrose Avenues. Pizza enthusiasts and diners in Montreal will be served from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Photo credits to Pizzeria Melrose’s Facebook page.