Last August, I won a gift certificate to Pizzeria Caldo through Instagram, thanks to Montreal Food & Drink Meetup and PIZZA FEST. It took a few months, but I finally got around to using it with Alex and the kids as a family engagement celebratory dinner last November.
Restaurant: Pizzeria Caldo
Date: Thursday November 23rd 2017
Table of: 5
Pretty much the first thing I always start with is the decor of a restaurant. I really liked the way Pizzeria Caldo was done, with the exposed bricks, lots of glass and warm and friendly vibe. They also have different seating types, which I find is cool. For example, we were given a 6 person table with chairs on one side and a vintage divan on the other side.
We partially chose to celebrate our engagement at Pizzeria Caldo with the kids because of the gift certificate I had, but also because they had an appetizing kids menu (let’s be real, sometimes kids menus have chicken nuggets and meat sauce spaghetti on them only). Pizzeria Caldo’s kids menu includes: cheese and/or pepperoni pizzas, chicken pesto macaroni (that’s a first), tomato macaroni and a couple others. Evidently, we weren’t the only ones to thing they had a good kids menu, as there were many other families in the restaurant that night. Ok, but don’t be scared off cause there were families, there were also some “normal” guests like couples, groups of friends, etc.
The kids ended up choosing: cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza and chicken pesto macaroni, while Alex opted for the romanoff penne with giant shrimps and I chose the crispy pancetta pizza. Alex also ordered an entrée of fried calamari, which we started off with.
Although the portion was a bit on the small side for the price, the fried calamari were excellent. They were crispy and golden and lightly dusted with paprika, which I’ve never eaten prepared this way before. There was also like a garlicky aioli and some lemon wedges, which went great with the calamari.
As for my meal, I ordered the crispy pancetta pizza with cherry tomatoes, fior di latte and fresh basil. I really enjoyed my pizza, although I did find it a bit heavy with the fried pancetta slices (perhaps that’s my fault for eating it all). However, the pizza was very good and so were all of the flavours and combination of ingredients.
Alex ordered the penne à la romanoff with giant shrimps, which unfortunately, he had to send back the first time around, as the sauce was just very subpar. It tasted very watered down, when in actuality, the sauce is meant to be tomato-ey and creamy (like a rosé sauce). However, the second time around, the dish was pretty good. To me, it was still missing a little something, perhaps more cream? But it was still a good pasta dish nonetheless, with delicious giant shrimps.
Overall, everyone enjoyed their meals, but I gotta say, its a pizzeria and not a pastaria (you get my point), so your best bet is to order a pizza if you want to be happy with your meal. As well, I did find it a bit pricey, especially considering the location (not central). However, the service was excellent and very accommodating towards children, so that’s a plus if you come here with your family. I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use 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?
So, here is my review of Pizzeria Caldo:
Would I go back?: Yes, but there are so many other pizza spots to try out in Montreal!
UP NEXT: ma critique en tant qu’invité de Quattro Piatti et annonce CONCOURS (la meilleure pizza “food court” à Montréal !)
*All photos and opinions are mine