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Piada

By Mike Cohen

Marché de l’Ouest (https://marchedelouest.com) features indoor and outdoor shops, with a large variety of horticultural products, meat, chicken, fresh fish, cheeses, tea, breads and pastries.

With over 36 retailers, the Marché De L’Ouest is the go-to place for the ultimate shopping experience and is considered a one-stop-shop in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. In the summer, you can visit the beautiful outdoor farmer’s market with fresh fruits and vegetables.

I recently spent a few hours at the place, starting off with a great breakfast at Rôtisserie Gicanu. Owner George Housakos, working with his wife Bozica and son Nicholas, is on the job seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. It has been a labor of love for 15 years. The first thing he does is get those trademark chickens spinning on the rotisserie and prepares for all the regulars to order their club sandwich and other favorites from the menu. I was impressed with how quickly and expertly he made me some bacon and eggs, with a pair of sausages, two slices of toast and tomato. “We do catering as well,” said George, who was a furrier before he got into the food business. I will be back to sample the chicken.

George at Rôtisserie Gicanu.
George at Rôtisserie Gicanu.

Next door I went to say hello to Antonio Russo at Piada. The specialty here is an authentic “Piadina,” an Italian flatbread sandwich that comes from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. I am also told he makes a mean cappuccino. At Coucou Café baristas Lina Jin and Suhan Shi specialize in latté art. 

Antonio makes a cappuccino.
Antonio makes a cappuccino.

No time to cook?  Eatz Chez Vouz offers healthy prepared meals! I chatted with Michele, who guided me through the wide array of appetizing side dishes.

Michele at Eatz Chez Vouz.
Michele at Eatz Chez Vouz.

The Marché even has a new concept store specializing in the “Keto diet” called “Ketotteria.” Check it out!

What a pleasure it was meet to Franco at Hansel & Bagel. “We are the oldest bagel store on the West Island, dating back to 1981,” he said while watching employee Nathan pull some piping hot bagels from the brick oven.

Nathan at Hansel & Bagel.
Nathan at Hansel & Bagel.

Boulangerie Patisserie MDO had some pretty yummy items in the display window.

Looking for delicious sausages? Saucisser de L’Ouesthas over 60 types of sausages to choose from– they also have gluten-free options!

Boucherie La Préférence always has the freshest meats! They can truly “meat” your needs! Cavallaro is always ready to serve you – whether it be Italian pizza, various cheeses, cold cuts and many more Italian imported products.  Yannick Fromagerie offers a variety of specialty cheeses. Boulangerie

Le Marché de L’Ouest offers an array of flavours and multicultural dishes from various countries; Japan (Japango Sushi), Lebanon (Feuille de Vigne), Hong Kong (Szechuan Supreme), Thailand (Thai Noodles & Sushi), Greece (Marché Pêche Pêche) Peru (Enjoy the experience of Peruvian flavours at the new concept restaurant called “Passion Ceviche”. where Chef Jose will serve you as you are in a cozy place of his beloved city of Lima in Peru!)
and Italy (Boulangerie & Patisserie MDO).  From the latter were told that Alfonso Salvo’s cannolis are THE talk of the West Island!

Première Moisson (www.premieremoisson.com) is also a part of the Marché retailers! Did you know that they are the first bakery to use local flour without any chemical input in their bread?  Check out Bulk Barn for every kind of candy and chocolate you can think of!

Delicacies from Première Moisson.
Delicacies from Première Moisson.

You can even make your own wine at “Vin Go.”

Find everything you need at the Dollarama! There is also a specialized pet store that is ready to help you with all your needs: “Bailey Blu.” Need flowers? Head to the florist.  Looking for jewelry?

Take your family and friends out for dinner at our various restaurants: Madison’s Bar & Grill, Dunn’s, Guaca & Molé, Restaurant Panama, Ben & Florentine’s, Mandy’s, Paradise Kosher, La Verita and Jukebox Burgers! Seasonally, the outdoor fruit and vegetable selection is superb! And yes, there is even an IGA.

Marché de L’Ouest is indeed the ultimate gourmet destination, located at 11600 De Salaberry, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux in the heart of West Island. Log on to get the complete list of merchants and much more. https://marchedelouest.com or call 514-685-0183.