Written by Natasha Vincelli on 16.07.18

The thing about the Old Port is that it’s a playground for tourists that come for the picturesque cobblestone roads and scenic views of the port. As a result, it’s a tourist trap and a half with more expensive this and more expensive that.

Joiea Sociale [restaurant opening] Victor Yu

But what if we told you there was a restaurant in Old Montreal that serves authentic urban Italian cuisine at an affordable price. Nope, not a trick question. Joiea Sociale is the newest addition to the Old Montreal area, serving delicious modern Italian cuisine for both lunch and supper.

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True to their Italian roots, Joiea Sociale champions the “aperativo” every day from 5-7:30pm. For those of you who have yet to visit Western Europe, the “aperativo” is kind of like the 5 à 7 except with complementary food as you drink. Right?! Are we behind on the times or what! No more. Joiea Sociale’s bar section creates the perfect environment to unwind with a drink after work, to snack, and socialize. Be sure to try one of their sophisticated and handcrafted cocktails.

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On their lunch and dinner menu you’ll find stone oven pizza, homemade pasta, and traditional antipasti (that’s Italian for hors d’oeuvres, but better because, it’s Italian!). Their menu showcases fresh and traditional Italian ingredients, with a Chef de Cuisine right from Veneto, Italy.

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We had the privilege of sampling some of their menu items, and if you’re a cheese lover (like all humans should be) you will adore their white 4-cheese pizza with dollops of ricotta on top! Another favourite was the ravioli with ricotta-lemon filling in a brown butter sage sauce – perfectly al dente with a tasty and generous filling.

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Finally, if this place wasn’t already Chucky Cheese for adults, launching in July is their cooking school, offering private classes of up to 12 people (with reservation!). The way to any person’s heart is through their stomach, so take the time to fine-tune your skills with the guidance of an Italian chef! Perfect for corporate events, group dates, or just to try something new.

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Embrace the wonderful Italian culture with Joiae Sociale on Wellington in Old Montreal. Buon Apetito!

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645 Wellington St, Montreal, QC H3C 1T3
(514) 543-3534

Photos by Victor Yu (@randomcuisine).

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