Well it’s long gone and in its space there seems to be a promising culinary player by the name of Vicolo.
In case you non si parla italiano, Vicolo means back alley in the language of love and it’s just opened its doors at 1425 Boul René-Lévesque Ouest.
Although Vicolo is not physically located in a back alley, from the moment of entry, you’re meant to feel like you’ve been transported into a rustic Italian setting.
With the help of interior designer Ashley Shaanan, individual elements reminiscent of a back alley – think vintage street signs – adorn the interior walls of the restaurant. The unpolished elements, wood paneling, dim lighting, and beautifully light candles throughout the restaurant also help to create a truly special charm.
The space itself is grandiose. We’re talking 4,500 sq. ft., capable of hosting over 180 guests. Anyone say epic Christmas party?
Besides now having another dining and drinking option near the vicinity of our beloved Habs, Vicolo is also a great choice for young professional lunches and dinners.
“We are thrilled to open a new destination for Montrealers to enjoy good food and simultaneously feel comfortable enough to hang out and drink at the bar,” says Peter Tolias, General manager of VICOLO. “Our warm ambience combined with delicious urban Italian cuisine makes for the perfect night out.”
The menu brings a blend of culinary delights served noon and night, seven days a week. The kitchen is lead by renowned chef Adam Zaitouni who created an urban Italian menu complete with antipasti, Primi, Secondi, and thin crust pizzas.
Signature dishes include the Gallina Cornovaglia (roasted Cornish Hen) and the Ravioli Al Formaggio E Anitra.
Don’t worry, the bar isn’t lacking either and will offer a unique variety of Italian inspired cocktails and drinks by Lawrence Picard of Nectar Mixologie, this year’s Quebec Notable Awards winner for best bartender.
So what are you waiting for? Grab the telefono, make a reservation, and get Italian tonight.