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Bottega Laval: Great pizza and Italian specialties on the North Shore
Bottega Laval opened its doors in April 2010 following the incredible success of Bottega in Montreal, offering excellent pizzas and Italian specialties!
Bottega Laval is owned by brothers Fabrizio and Massimo Covone, their mother Giovanna, Raffaele Covone and Enzo Sarno. “We thought there was a lack of good restaurants in Laval, especially good pizza restaurants, and we thought the demand would be there.” They were right, as the restaurant is always busy, explains Massimo.
Bottega Laval has a seating capacity of about 115, with about 20 seats at the large marble bar. The restaurant is illuminated by natural light from the large windows that surround the room. The cellar is in the back left corner of the space, and in the middle stands an impressive pizza oven with the name Bottega on it. As at their location in Montreal, the tables are covered with white tablecloths and cloth napkins. The decor is quite classic, but with a modern twist, and was designed by Francisco Fernandez. With its chic atmosphere, the address also offers the possibility to enjoy your gastronomic experience on the terrace of about 50 seats.
Bottega means “artisanal store” in Italian. And here, almost everything is homemade. Chef David Zaccardi is in charge of the menu. The starters and main courses are the same at both Bottegas, but the daily specials vary.
At Bottega Laval, the menu consists mainly of excellent Neapolitan-influenced pizzas. There are a few pizzas stuffed with prosciutto cotto, eggplant, and mozzarella, ricotta, salami, mushrooms and mozzarella, or multiple cheeses, Parmigiano and prosciutto di Parma. There are also some “white” pizzas (without tomato sauce), which range from simple olive oil, oregano and grated Parmigiano Reggiani, to rapini, homemade sausage and mozzarella, to pizza with mozzarella and porcini mushrooms, topped with arugula, olive oil and basil Tartufo Nero. For pizzas with tomato sauce, there are the classic margherita, marinara, romana, sicilian, capreses, and others.
What characterizes Bottega’s pizza is the quality of the dough, the tomato sauce, the cheese, and the ingredients chosen. A visit here is a trip to Italy, and a delight every time.
There are also some small appetizers called sfizi at Bottega such as Bacio della Bottega, arancinos, polpettas, olives, lamb chops, stuffed eggplant, grilled shrimp, salads, and more.
The most popular dishes include the pizzas, meatballs, arancini, calamari, and lamb chops. Our favourite is their pizzas, especially the classic margherita. We also love the Tronchetto—a pizza stuffed with cheeses, and garnished with arugula, Parmigiano, prosciutto di Parma, and their meatballs (among the best ever). Thanks for the invitation and the outstanding Italian dinner.
Don’t forget the wine
As for the wine list, Rafael is in charge. This one proposes mainly Italian wines (80%), which match well with the proposed dishes. The list is accessible to all tastes and budgets; bottles range from $35 to $300. Finally, there are a few classic cocktails on their short drink menu, thought up by Massimo Covone.
“I love the fact that we went from two bus boys to owning establishments like this nearly twenty-five years later. We work hard, and I think the customers feel it.”
Our favourite part of Bottega Laval is definitely the delicious pizza! We also appreciate the fact that the address allows you to savour such delicious Italian cuisine in Laval. A great address to try if you are in the area!
Written by Élise Tastet