Pizzeria Magpie: delicious artisanal pizzas in the Mile-End

A couple weeks ago, some friends and I were going to an event in the Mile-End and decided to couple that up with dinner afterwards. I had heard some good reviews about Pizzeria Magpie and decided this was the perfect occasion to try it out.

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From top left and clockwise: glass of Sauvignon blanc, Aperol Spritz and a prosecco based drink (2017)

Restaurant: Pizzerie Magpie (Mile-End location)
Date: May 18th 2017
Table for: 3

We chose a table by the windows and asked to have them opened, as it was a beautiful and very warm day (extra warm with the in-house pizza oven). I was disappointed that the warm crab dip I had seen that day on their Instagram was no longer available, as it was one of their monthly specialities from a few months back (gotta keep that Instagram page updated!). Turns out the special for May was a clam chowder, which was much too warm for a day like today. In any case, we proceeded to order some drinks and pizzas. Claire opted for a glass of sauvignon blanc and a margherita pizza with fresh basil, Leila for an Aperol Spritz and an artichoke and spinach pizza and I went for the prosecco based drink and a prosciutto and arugula pizza (one of my faves).

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From top right and clockwise: margherita pizza with fresh basil leaves and bocconcini, artichoke and spinach pizza, prosciutto and arugula pizza with cherry tomatoes and bocconcini (2017)

In terms of drinks, I think only Claire got her money’s worth. Leila’s Aperol Spritz consisted mostly of ice and was served in a small tumbler and my drink wasn’t what I was expecting (maybe I had heard wrong the full description of the ingredients in my drink?). In any case, the pizza more than made up for the lousy drinks. My pizza was delicious, especially topped with some spicy olive oil. I loved that the pizza dough was thin but with a nice crust at the end and the ingredients were very fresh.

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margherita pizza with fresh basil leaves & bocconcini and artichoke & spinach pizza (2017)

Overall, I was very happy with my dinner, but would get a glass of white wine instead the next time. I was also a bit disappointed in their entrées offerings, which consisted mainly of salads (I think the only warm entrée was meatballs – however the table behind us ordered them and they looked delish).

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My pizza: prosciutto and arugula pizza with cherry tomatoes and bocconcini and lots of spicy olive oil (2017)

I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I started using last year on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food(on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back? I could have included many more points (ambiance, service, etc.) but I wanted to keep things simple and easy. For me, the quality of the food, the price and the question “would I go back?” are the most important points for me.

So, here is my review of Pizzeria Magpie (Mile-End):

Food: 9/10
Price: $$$
Would I go back?: Definitely, but there are so many other pizza spots to try out!

UP NEXT: my updated MTL pho hunt blog post

*All photos are mine

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