When my friend Glenn and I recently had to attend an event at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Decarie near Plamondon, I suggested we try the Luzzatto Kosher Restaurant.
I have been driving by this location for years and noticed previous incarnations of this dining establishment and hotel. It was recently rebranded a Ramada Plaza from Quality Inn and got a complete facelift –inside and out.
The Ramada and its in-house restaurant are owned by Abraham Boyarsky, a Concordia professor who also runs TAV College a few doors down. He clearly has a magic touch.
We were greeted by manager Avrohom Zirkind and mashgiach (a Jew who supervises the kashrut status of a kosher establishment) Joseph Wajsberg and our server Priya. Luzzatto sounds like an Italian restaurant and there are a number of items on the menu that reflect that. In fact, there are a variety of choices.
Glenn and I started off by sharing a house salad (more than enough for two) and an entrée of four egg rolls. For the main course Glenn opted for the Luzzatto favorite, the shistaouk plate containing grilled chicken thighs and two sides – grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes. I was eyeing the ribs steaks, 12 and 16 ounces, but selected instead the New York burger trio – a hamburger with smoked meat, lettuce, tomato and pickles. It came with rice and fries. The serving was large and most satisfying.
You can also get a Mediterranean platter, wraps, Italian specialties, and sandwich trios, other kinds of burgers, hot dogs, Chinese food, shawarma, chicken plates, wings, nuggets, roast beef, chicken scaloppini and fish. You can have ice cream or pastry for dessert and beer.
Zirkind told me that the restaurant, which seats about 50, has a number of regular diners from the community as well as hotel guests. It is in a prime location with convenient on-street parking. Business should increase significantly when Pizza Pita next door relocates to Decarie Square. There is also a banquet hall for the hotel and Luzzatto caters all of those affairs.
Luzzatto Restaurant is located at 6445 Boulevard Décarie. It is open Sunday to Thursday from Noon to 9 pm. For reservations call 514-739-3800.