Written by Dahlia Merlo on 01.04.16

Montreal has a new gem and we’re so excited to share it with you. Nestled in the Gay Village is your one-way ticket to Italy (trust us, you won’t want to come back to reality after this trip). Arte & Farina is the newest Italian bakery in the city and we’re going to make a fuss about it.

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They specialize in pizza al taglio (made by the slice) on focaccia. Their flavour combinations are incredible and everything is made in house, including the pesto we wish we could bathe in (is that weird?). We tried one pizza with crushed tomatoes, basil, and creamy burrata. It’s light, fresh, and the flavours combine to make something magical.  

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Another delicious and notable pizza is their focaccia with a rigatino tomato confit, taggiasca olives, and San Daniele prosciutto. Your palate will positively sing! Their menu changes daily based on what’s fresh on the market, so you know you’ll be getting the freshest and most delicious ingredients on every slice.    

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Pizza isn’t the only thing Arte & Farina does! They also make suppli, which are fried mashed potatoes stuffed with Italian ragout and topped with that sensational pesto. We’re drooling just thinking about it! On our visit, we also got to try a heavenly ricotta mousse with tomato confit and, you guessed it, that basil pesto. Sitting on a crunchy focaccia bread, we were in heaven.

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No Italian bakery is complete without dessert, and boy do they do dessert well! They make all the traditional Italian pastries, so they had zeppole for San Gieuseppe and colomba for Easter. We got to try their colomba, similar to panettone, with orange peel and candied lemon with an almond crust. It takes 72 hours to prepare and it’s all made by hand, and we promise you that it is worth the labour.

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Their frittelle de Venezia are little sugared doughnuts stuffed with chocolate with a hint of orange. They’re delicious bites that are not overly sweet. If you’d rather something sans chocolate (we can’t imagine why), then you’ll love their simple unstuffed bombolone: fluffy fried dough with a dusting of sugar. Perfect in its simplicity!

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If you want a quick lunch or want to take some goodies to go, check out Arte & Farina for your Italian bakery needs. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for some drool-worthy photos that’ll give you a constant pizza craving!

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