Accessibility - Grade: A-
It's about a 10-15 minute walk from Place Des Arts metro, but from the De Bleury exit. I think it only took us 15 minutes because we got a bit lost though. (I have no sense of direction. Shhhhh.)
Service - Grade: A-
The service was warm and friendly, the type you would normally expect from a family-owned joint. When I was accidentally going to order the medium pizza because I thought it was a medium personal pizza (hey, I don't normally eat pizza. Cut my some slack. My brain also doesn't work in inches), she politely clued me in that a medium was large enough to feed two or three people. The food came at a good pace, and each table had its own jug of water, so there was no need for refilling. Other than that, though, it was pretty busy, so she didn't check in on us that often.
Food - Grade: B+
Bonus marks: Amazing first bite.
Their pizzas come in three size: they have the 10" (personal), 12" (medium) and the 16" (large). All their pizzas are served with a bowl of regular garden salad.
|White Pizza with random slice of Florentine|
|White Pizza (with random slice of Florentine)|
When I first took a bit of the White pizza (one of their most popular pizzas), I remember being amazed at all the subtle flavours and textures that the five cheeses lended to the pizza. I'm not a cheese conoisseur, but I could make out at least three types of cheese.
There was the standard mozzarella, which was stringy and melted and mozarella-y. Then, I identified what could be unripened cheese (the white circles on the pizza). This cheese had a crumbly texture to it, and broke apart easily under the fork. It also served as the substitute sauce, since this pizza did not contain tomato sauce either. It was moist and creamy, and wasn't terribly salty, since the mozerella and the other cheese already contained enough salt. I'm not going to make a food of myself and try to identify the others, but in any case, the cheeses all blended together into one giant white blanket of cheesy goodness, but still maintained some of their individual characteristics, which made for a very interesting pizza.
The downside of this pizza is that once the pizza cooled down, it wasn't quite so fun anymore, since the cheeses lost their stretchy quality. And again, as with the Florentine, it was a little on the salty side. Other than that, though, it definitely lived up to all the hype and praise it has gotten.
Price - $$ (Cash-only)
A 10" costs around $15 before tax and tip, which I guess is a little more expensive than your average pizza. I personally found the 10" to be more than enough for me, since I had to doggy bag my last two slices. They also deliver if you live within the area, so you could order a medium or large and split it with your friends. All-in-all, I'd say it's pretty student-friendly.
Final Grade: B+
You'll often see that my final grade will be slightly lower than the other grades. Like in this case. That's because the final grade really comes down to personal taste and how the restaurant does in comparison to the other restaurants I've been to. Amelio's was pretty good, but it wasn't one of my favourites, since I'm not a huge fan of pizzas. But even then, I was pretty impressed with my meal, and would definitely be willing to return and try their other pies.
201 rue Milton, Montréal