Italian in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

There's much buzz surrounding this polished Italian eatery – in no small part owing to the heavy-hitting foodies behind it: best-selling cookbook author Stefano Faita and celebrated chef Michele Forgione. Both have deep connections to Italian cooking, obvious in brilliant dishes such as braised beef cheeks with Savoy-style potatoes, arctic char with cauliflower puree and lentils, and housemade pastas like busiate with lobster.

Try to snag a counter spot facing the open kitchen to watch the masters in action. Reserve ahead.