Annex 35: Santa Lucia | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

1264 Stanley
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Peel, Bonaventure
Train: Gare Centrale, Lucien-L’Allier
Bus: STM 15, 24, 61, 74, 75, 107, 150, 168, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 715, 747, 935

Visit: July 21, 2011

This particular visit was a long time coming. My colleague/friend, who I consider a pizza and ice cream expert, made this recommendation about a month ago. Due to unforeseen occurrences, we weren’t able to make our way here until this extremely hot day (47 degrees after humidex). But, like I always say, if it’s worth it (food-wise), I’ll take on any obstacles to devour it.

The restaurant is located next to the reason that Scott Gomez isn’t producing for the Montreal Canadiens. Other than that, the location is smack dab in the center of the busiest section of the entire island. The restaurant was about half full, so not too busy. The lighting was dim and tables were covered with tablecloths that you’d take on a picnic. The dining was comfortable as it was appropriately air conditioned.

Amatriciana

This pizza contains tomato sauce, onions, ham, and bacon.

The key feature of this pizza is the fact that it was made in a wood oven. My experience with wood oven pizza, prior to this moment, is nil. Despite that, my other experience with pizza is great, as it is one of my favorite foods of all time.

This pizza succeeded because it met my two main criteria for pizza in Montreal. The first one was that I can pick it up to eat it. I find it ridiculous to eat any pizza with a fork and knife. So, I was grateful that I ate this one with my hands. The second criteria was obviously bacon. This was one of two options with bacon, so I lunged for it. Those may be my simple criteria, but there is much more to pizza than that.

The ingredients were more or less perfect. I could’ve done without the onions. I don’t believe they have any place on my pizza. The ham was nice, but it fell short compared to the all powerful bacon. The bacon, was cut up the way I like to see it on pizza. Bacon bits also don’t belong on pizza. The crust was crispy enough and not a mouthful or tough at all. Overall, I liked the pizza. The portion size was just perfect, even for my appetite. For what it is, it was a pretty decent pizza that I believe everyone should try once.

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