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Fornarina, La
6825 Saint-Laurent. De Castelnau or Jean-Talon métro. BYOB

RESERVATIONS: 271-1741. HOURS: 11 a.m.—11 p.m., Mon. -Thurs.11 a.m.—12 p.m., Fri. 4p.m.—l2p.m., Sat. and Sun. NO-SMOKING SECTION: Yes. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: No. PRICES—TABLE D’HÔTE:, $11—$13.95 (a la carte, tax included), no table d'hôte. CREDIT CARDS: Visa, Mastercard.
A la Famiglia! La Fornarina is a fun family-owned place up on Saint-Laurent in the heart of thriving "little Italy." The restaurant has a bit of a brochetterie feel, but the beautiful, two-storey-high wood-burning pizza oven ]ends a warm country feeling to the moody atmosphere.

The family is very proud of their work here, and will invariably offer you their homemade spiced oils, preserved hot pepper sauces, and antipasti. Eat! Eat!

The waiters always take the time to carefully explain the menu, and starters such as calamari fritti and melanzane parmigiane are designed to bring out the Mediterranean in all of us.

The menu here isn't wildly creative, but all the pasta, pizza, seafood and veal dishes are individually made as they are requested by the customer.

The wood-fired oven-baked pizza is agreeable—try the simple yet fine napoletana for a taste treat, or the pizza al gamberelli (with tomato, cheese, shrimps and garlic) for a more hedonistic night out.

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