Pizzeria Caldo opened in August 2015 in the heart of the Angus Shops and serves down-to-earth Italian cuisine in friendly surroundings.
Caldo is Italian, and translates to ‘hot’. The owner of Pizzeria Caldo has purposely named his pizzeria caldo in reference to both the fire and the wood oven, key elements for serving a great pizza napoletana. Daniel Lacombe is this owner, and he was previously co-owner of the now-closed ‘M sur Masson’ restaurant in Rosemont. « Our concept here is to offer Italian family cuisine, the unpretentious kind. The emphasis is on our pizzas, our cellar where we cure our meats, and our antipasti menu, » explains Nadège Maignan, manager of the restaurant.
Just the fact that Pizzeria Caldo is located in the stunningly redeveloped Angus Shops should draw customers. Back in 1879, this area of land was sold to the Canadian Pacific Railway and used by the CPR for railcar manufacturing, repairs and sales, and only decommissioned in 1992, so over a century of service. Known as the Angus Yards, they were named after one of the financial backers of the CPR, Richard Angus, a Scot. This might help explain the inside industrial look of Pizzeria Caldo, with the red brick walls, steel beams, cement pillars, and high ceilings. The enormous windows bring in quantities of light as well, adding warmth and a chic balance to the building’s industrial-era use. Inside, Pizzeria Caldo can seat 97 but during the summer, another 85 can be seated on their large terrasse.
In the kitchen, Loïc Tellier is in charge of creating and preparing the dishes. These are dishes that are meant to reflect traditional Italian cuisine, while still leaving room for creativity. The menu proposes an interesting variety of very savoury-tasting pizzas, pasta, antipasti and tartares. Pizza Caldo also offers well-prepared popular dishes of pasta, pizzas, fish, meat and risottos. The pizzas definitely hit the mark for their goodness and we have included these in our list of Montreal’s best pizzas! Pizzeria Caldo is certainly very family-oriented and has a children’s menu available plus toys! Groups are also welcome.
The wine list has been crafted by Mathieu St-Onge (Club Chasse et Pêche and Queue de Cheval), and includes several private imports. But there are also some classic and signature cocktails, prepared by Nadège.
« What my team and I like so much is what we are able to offer our customers – a good time in a friendly and warm atmosphere. We offer authentic and unpretentious Italian food and are proud to share this ‘Caldo’ experience with our customers. »
Pizzeria Caldo is a great restaurant worth discovering, with the bonus that it takes you to the Angus Shops. This is where you can devour delicious pizza napoletana, for lunch or dinner, and in groups or as a family! Buon appetito!
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