Gigi Pizzeria is nestled in Pointe-Claire village. Every corner of Quebec seems to have its cherished pizza haven, a place where the locals hold fervent convictions that it reigns supreme in terms of being the most delectable, the oiliest, the cheesiest, or the heartiest, among other attributes.
After several years, the beloved pretzel crust is returning to headline the Little Caesars menu across Canada
There was a time when I had to cross the border to eat Little Ceasars Pizza in New York state. While I was there I grabbed a few cans of Dr Pepper because the groceries stores did not carry them. Today we have plenty of Dr Pepper and Little Ceasars Pizza has finally set up shop in Canada. Little Ceasars Pizza just brought back the Pretzel Crust Pizza and the new Pull-A-Part bread at participating locations across Canada.
My family and I sometimes get very busy and need a quick pizza to bring home. Little Ceasars Pizza is always there to accommodate our needs. Their popular HOT-N-READY pizza is always guaranteed to fit our needs.
The good folks of Little Ceasars Pizza contacted me to try the newly returned Pretzel Crust Pizza and the new Pretzel Pull-A-Part Bread. I was happy to accommodate them as was my stomach.
Since this is a Montreal review site, unfortunately, we have only one Little Ceasars Pizza on the whole island. If you are taking a trek to Ontario or coming back on Autoroute 40, please drop by 3066 Saint-Charles Blvd, Kirkland. The owners of the fine establishment are hard-working and make sure your pizza is ready for you as fast as possible. They have never disappointed me, I always get my pizza fast.
According to legend, The pretzel was created in 1861 by a 26-year-old entrepreneur Julius Sturgis opened a pretzel bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He left a batch in the oven for too long one day, but instead of throwing them out, he gave the well-done morsels a taste. And the rest is history.
My wife and I enjoy salty treats. The Pretzel Crust Pizza and Pull-A-Part bread are right up our alley. We wolfed down this savory pizza. We were both pleasantly surprised by the soft pretzel crust. It tasted like a buttery, grilled cheese sandwich with the taste of a pretzel. Pizza dough can make or break a pizza. You will have to pardon my pun when I say this, once you try a Little Ceasars Pretzel Crust Pizza slice, you will knead another slice. We enjoyed dipping the bread and pizza into the tasty Cheezy dip. There is always excitement when we get Little Ceasars Pizza. My wife and I will be buying more Pretzel Crust Pizza.
Little Ceasars Pizza caters to our busy schedules, they have a whole gamut of other pizzas and treats to satisfy your specific needs. They are great for parties. I always used them when I had birthday parties for my kids. Seems they are always coming up with innovative pizza offerings every other day. I have never had a Little Ceasars pizza that disappointed me.
Pretzel Crust Pizza and new, 10 pieces of Pretzel Pull-A-Part Bread paired with Cheezy dip
Little Caesars’ much-loved Pretzel Crust Pizza to its Canadian restaurants, marking its limited-time return. This relaunch answers requests by enthusiastic customers and social media fans for its return, giving guests one more chance to experience the Pretzel Crust Pizza and Pull-A-Part bread at participating locations across Canada.
Last celebrated in 2018, the Pretzel Crust Pizza is a medium specialty pizza with a flavourful, soft pretzel outer edge crust. Topped with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, a blend of 100% fresh shredded cheese. Finished with a 2-cheese gourmet blend of Asiago and Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of pretzel salt.
This salty, savory treat can also be amped up should customers wish to choose to stuff their crust or customize it with the traditional Little Caesars pizza sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes upon request. Plus, this year Little Caesars is introducing a 10-piece new Pretzel Pull-A-Part Bread for those enthusiasts who can’t get enough of that pretzel flavour. “What’s better than Pretzel Crust Pizza? More Pretzel Crust options to enjoy!” said Jessica Foust, Director of Global R&D, at Little Caesars. “Celebrating the return of one of our most iconic menu items, we now proudly feature multiple ways to personalize your pretzel experience and a Little Caesars pizza party.”
By Tony Medeiros
Pizza has always been one of my favorite dishes, so when I was driving along Sources Blvd. in Dollard des Ormeaux recently and spotted a storefront at Centennial Plaza with the name “Salvatore,” I was naturally curious. Was this a new take-out place?
Upon some quick research, I was surprised to learn that this is a growing chain in Quebec, with 61 Pizza Salvatoré franchises and counting. Thus far there are a handful of locations in and near the Greater Montreal area, including Dollard, St. Leonard, Laval, Repentigny, Terrebonne and Mascouche, as well as the South Shore. They have expanded to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with Ontario (London) next on their radar screen.
Every neighborhood has a cozy dependable pizzeria in Montreal. The West Island has a handful of great pizzerias. I discovered Athena Pizzeria in Pierrefonds-Roxboro close to Boulevard Sources. This fine eatery is no stranger to the loyal patrons of the area. If you bowl at Bowl-O-Drome, you will most likely grab a sub or pizza at Athena Pizzeria.
Little Caesars’ “Customer Appreciation Days” take place September 20-22 to show appreciation to customers the chain has been serving since 1969
Just in time for National Pepperoni Pizza Day, Little Caesars, the home of Canada’s HOT-N-READY pizza, is introducing a BOGO-free pizza offer* during its Customer Appreciation Days between September 20-22.
“Through our Customer Appreciation Days we want to share our gratitude to the wonderful customers we’ve been serving here in Canada since 1969,” says Toni Ronayne, Managing Director for Little Caesar of Canada. “We’re honored to be part of our customers’ birthday parties, Friday movie nights, Tuesday race-to-baseball nights, Wednesday lunches and everything in between for more than five decades.”
To show appreciation, Little Caesars is offering customers a free medium Classic Cheese or Classic Pepperoni Pizza with the purchase of a new medium or large Fanceroni Pepperoni Pizza. The new Fanceroni Pepperoni Pizza features classic house-made Little Caesars pizza sauce, edge-to-edge fresh (never frozen) Canadian mozzarella cheese, and a combination of classic and Cup-N-Crisp Pepperoni.
“We know Canadians have strong opinions about pepperoni,” continues Ronayne, and may prefer smaller, crispy-edged cups like our Cup-N-Crisp Pepperoni or larger, perfectly round and flat discs like our Classic Pepperoni. Many people are staunchly set on Team Cup-N-Crisp or Team Classic when it comes to the Great Pepperoni Debate and at Little Caesars, we want to hear all about it. To help our customers make an informed decision, they can take advantage of our BOGO free pizza offer so they can try both kinds of pepperoni for themselves and share their opinions.”
Canadians are encouraged to take to social media and make their Cup-N-Crisp vs Classic Pepperoni preferences known using the hashtag #TeamCupNCrisp or #TeamClassic. With the Great Pepperoni Pizza Debate, everyone’s a winner and no matter which side Canadians are on, they can find their favourite pepperoni at Little Caesars locations from coast to coast.
*The BOGO free pizza offer is valid September 20-22 in-store only at participating restaurants in Canada and is not available online or for delivery. Customers can choose a free medium Classic Cheese or Classic Pepperoni Pizza with the purchase of a medium or large Fanceroni Pepperoni Pizza, while supplies last.
Introduced to Canada in 1969, Little Caesars has been serving up value for more than 50 years through high-quality pizza at an all-day, everyday value. The Fanceroni Pepperoni Pizza is available nationally until October 31, 2022, starting at $11.99 (+ tax). Delivery fees apply for all online orders.
Classic Pepperoni Pizzas are available starting at $6.99. For more information visit www.littlecaesars.ca.
Of interest: Little Caesars Fun Facts
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.
PizzaPita has been going strong in the Snowdon area for more than 30 years. With their recent move across Decarie Boulevard to the former Pizza Hut location in front of Decarie Square, at the corner of Decarie and Vezina, they have a prime spot to garner the attention of thousands of commuters, shoppers and locals each and every day. Hence they’ve rebranded PizzaPita to PizzaPita Prime.
By Tony Medeiros
The West-Island is blessed with some exceptional restaurants to pick from. My family and I have dined in some of the finest establishments out here. With COVID-19 it has been a challenge to go back to some restaurants. Each has come up with new, ingenious ways, to bring their clients back. From elaborate signage to social media presence, it has become a matter of survival for them.
I had the opportunity to review Kitchen73 on 45 A Boulevard Brunswick, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. (https://kitchen73.ca) They are located across from Cinémas Guzzo des Sources on Boulevard Brunswick. I elected to go in person for carryout.
The service was quick and professional. It did not take long to prepare my meal. The staff is well equipped to handle the current pandemic situation. Dino Semeraro, the co-owner of the Dollard-des-Ormeaux location, explained to me that they are keeping the two-meter distance rule by having a long table between the staff and the client when they are served their orders. The staff is taking every precaution and dressed to code with gloves and masks to help stop any transfer of COVID-19.
To say the restaurant business is in dire straits would be an understatement. Many restaurants are the backbone of many city economies. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on this sector and many economic specialists predict that many will not be able to recuperate in a few months. Dwindling sales have come to a standstill.
Semeraro informed me that one of the biggest days in the restaurant sector is Mother’s Day and COVID-19 came at the worst time for restaurants. It really cut into their sales with a lack of customers.
Kitchen73 has by no means has escaped the predicament it is under, just as many other Montreal businesses find themselves in. Semeraro is very knowledgeable and talks to other restaurant owners. They have become a close-knit community and need to survive together. Many restaurants and bar owners think that social distancing could wipe out their industry. Only the strong will survive.
Kitchen73 has a full gamut of meals to pick from. I was pleasantly surprised by the vast choice. They carry a full breakfast menu that can easily surpass all other major breakfast/brunch chains in Quebec. They have a wealth of categories to pick from such as eggs, eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes and crepes, waffles & toast, smoothies, assaggini della casa, pasta, salads, poutine, submarines, hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza, signature meals, and a healthy menu. There is so much choice to pick from. Each category has at least eight different options to entice every hungry palate.
Kichen73 has four locations throughout the island that caters to the major arteries in the city.
- 45 Boulevard Brunswick, H9B 1P7 (Dollard-des-Ormeaux)
- 9192 Maurice Duplessis, H1C 1Z4 (RDP)
- 12300 rue de Chaumont, J7J 0T8 (Mirabel)
- 1661 Boulevard de l’Avenir, H7S 2N5 (Laval)
- 161 St-Catherine est corner Saint-Laurent (Downtown)
- Three food trucks ready to go anywhere on the island as permitted by city regulations.
Kitchen73 (DDO) seats about 130 clients and 40 on the exterior. With COVID-19 those numbers are out the window. Semeraro let me know that he had to let go of 30 of his employees due to falling demand brought forth from the virus, and it was a tough decision on his part. The Dollard-des-Ormeaux location has been in business for more than years six years. He now depends on Uber Eats, DoorDash, and carryout business. He had to re-open his doors due to the social media demand from his clients. He gradually opened with a small menu not knowing what to expect from his customers. It is now a full-course menu due to a positive response from his customers. You can order their full menu for carryout.
Kitchen73 pride themselves with their signature dishes because they buy local Quebec ingredients. We should do our part and at least order out once a week to support our local restaurants and in turn help our local produce farmers.
My family and I had a small sampling of their menu.
My wife had the grilled chicken submarine. It was loaded with grilled vegetables and mouth-watering marinated chicken breast wrapped in melted mozzarella cheese. The accompaniment of tantalizing shoestring fries really hit the spot.
My daughter wanted to try something a bit different. She is a connoisseur when it comes to poutine. It his her go-to meal when she tries a new place. She devoured the “Poutine OMG.” Every tender pulled beef and mozzarella cheese that encircled her fork was out of this world. She thought the portions with very generous. She remarked that the poutine sauce was exquisite in taste.
I had the “Le Boeuf Braisé” hamburger. I am a traditionalist when it comes to hamburgers. My taste is straightforward, I expect meat, buns, and cheese. I was quite surprised with the pulled Angus braised beef, caramelized onions topped with marsala sauce and cheddar cheese. I can best describe it as heavenly. My fries were fried to perfection.
We intend to try their breakfast menu next time.
I highly recommend Kitchen73 as your next carryout experience. The Dollard-des-Ormeaux location address is 45 Brunswick Blvd, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 1P7. Their business hours are from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You can call 514-685-5773 to order. You can also use DoorDash and Uber Eats.
“It’s like having dinner in the basement of a St. Leonard triplex. Not fancy. Nothing trendy. Just good authentic homemade Italian food.” That’s how Guido Grasso Jr. described the restaurant his mother and father founded just seven short years ago.
I have always loved the Embassy Suites brand, but when Stewart handed me a menu I was impressed with the selection. Located across the street from the Palais des congrès and minutes from Old Montreal, the hotel’s Ristorante Atrio has a steady clientele from hotel guests alone for breakfast, lunch, supper and the very popular Manager’s Reception. But as Stewart told me, because of the attractive menu, combined with excellent prices, many people at conventions at the Palais or headed to or from the Old Montreal have discovered this hidden gem.