Feels like it took Maxime Landry and chef Luca Cianciulli next to no time from their opening in December 2018 to turn this 'little brat' of an Italian restaurant into one of the most low-key-yet-highly-lauded places to bite down on a small and sturdy trattoria menu from Cianciulli while diving into Landry's curated wines and cocktails. Moccione is keeping things simple and traditional while doing away with the old(er) school trappings of red-and-white checkered tablecloths and tavern candle holders, opting instead for a brightly-lit parlour setting that, at full capacity, you'll be hard-pressed to grab a table at due to straight-up popularity.
If you take stock of all the time-honored and famed names in the area, and add up all of the new and noteworthy players that have been showing up lately, the best Villeray restaurants create as astoundingly mighty crew. It's part of the reason it was named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2021: It's home to some of the best Italian restaurants in Montreal and the birthplace of some of the best places for Portuguese chicken in Montreal, and once you top that with how you'll find some of the best cheap eats in Montreal and bakeries in Monteal here too? This relatively smaller third of the Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension trifecta is carrying the torch gastronomically. Bring your appetite and prepare to be wowed at every turn.
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