Pizzeria Bros first opened its doors in Old Montreal in 2016. Since then five others have joined the group – Downtown, Le Village, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Kirkland and Côte des Neiges. Owners Carl Sexton and Patrick Doignaux are presently fielding lots of inquiries from potential franchisees. Laval and the South Shore are indeed likely landing spots.
Since Pizzeria Bros debuted on Côte des Neiges a year ago I have driven and walked by umpteen times. I finally stopped by to sample the food and thanks to team leader Jared Maraj and his co-workers Mikael Loyat and Harjot Singh I came away with an excellent first impression. This chain can best be compared to the Subways of pizza. However in this case Pizzeria Bros provides a fresh thin crust pizza with quality ingredients in a quick-service setting. The dough, sauces and dressings are all homemade and pizzas cooked in high heat ovens in only 90 seconds.
“Patrick and I spent a lot of time planning the concept,” Sexton said. “Patrick came up with the idea. He had worked at an Italian restaurant where take-out was big. When we discovered this new model of an oven that could make great quality pizza in such a short period of time we knew it was a better alternative than a wood oven, where getting permits nowadays is not so simple.”
There are appetizers, a wide array of pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts to choose from. Pizzas come with four thin-crust options – traditional, whole wheat, keto and cauliflower. In my case, there was no question of where to start and that was to select each of my ingredients. Jared made the crust and on went tomato sauce, sundried tomatoes, shrimp, chicken, bacon and of course cheese. It came out piping hot and Jared asked how many slices I wanted. I opted for eight and followed Jared’s guidance with the focaccia sticks entrée. A cherry soda was the perfect beverage.
When I saw the “giant” eight-inch chocolate chip cookie, I was intrigued. Jared handed it to me warm and in a small pizza-shaped box and cut into eight slices. While I was too full to try anything else, I did take home La Tempête Parfait sandwich, containing Alfredo sauce, Mozzarella, red onions, chicken, bacon, garlic, arugula and cherry tomatoes. It was a great lunch the following day.
There is also a corporate catering menu. For large orders, you need to give at least 24 hours’ notice.