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Il Sole
3627 Saint-Laurent Blvd. Saint-Laurent metro. Bus 55

Tel. 282-4996 Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Closed Sunday. $65 for two before wine, taxes and tip. Table d'hôte : $9—$12 (noon); $20—$24 (evening).
If you are not already familiar with cuisine du terroir, Il Sole, one of Montreal’s best Italian restaurants, will introduce you to the generosity of this country cooking with a touch of folly in the presentation. The restaurant has become ever more popular in Montreal since its establishment in 1994. Yet, though its renown has spread beyond its immediate neighbourhood (almost, some say, to Saint Peter's in Rome), the humble prosciutto di Parma and the noble parmegiano reggiano both seem right at home. The ubiquitous olive oil for dipping bread is basil and pepper flavoured, and of a far superior quality, as is the bread. Private parking in the back. Servers are efficient. Ask them to recommend one of their uncorked Italian wines. Sunny locale, sunny dispositions. Lots of "atmosphere."

Sample menu: Antipasto rustico, grilled octopus with roquette, vitello, tonnato, salmon with citrus tartar sauce, mascarpone and mushroom gaiganelli, risotto alle vongole, ca!f sweetbreads with green peas, goat's cheese and spinach salad, crème caramel, ricotta cheesecake.

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