LìOLà Pizzeria: Very good Italian restaurant & the BEST lobster ravioli (Mile-End)

Restaurant: LìOLà Pizzeria
Restaurant type: pizza, Italian, pasta, lunch menu, kids menu
Prices: $4-$16 entrées, $11-$22 mains, wine bottles starting at $33

Date: Wednesday December 18th 2019
Table of: 2
My favorite dishes: lobster ravioli + Campobasso pizza 

Last month, I had the pleasure of trying the all-new LìOLà pizzeria as their guest! The origines of LìOLà take us back to Laval, where they are currently renovating a new space, as well as franchising out to other Montreal locations. So, the only LìOLà currently open is the one in the Mile-End on St-Viateur, just off of Park avenue. You’ll find a nice mix of pastas and pizzas on the menu, as well as nicer ingredients like truffles, nduja and lobster. Here are the dishes and drinks we ordered:

  • Stuzzichini alla LìOLà: pizza dough sticks served with LìOLà sauce made of ricotta cheese, truffle oil, pepper and fleur de sel
  • Ravioli all’aragosta: ravioli stuffed with lobster, served with a saffron cream sauce
  • Kentucky Wise Guy: bourbon, amaro, cherry brandy
  • Aperit Spritz: aperit, prosecco, soda
  • Campobasso pizza: mix of mushrooms, truffle spread, parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella
  • Tropea pizza: nduja, caramelized onions, parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella, olive oil
  • Amaro Sour: amaro, bourbon, blanc d’oeuf
  • Pinot Grigio, Lenotti, Veneto, Italia
Stuzzichini alla LìOLà (2019)
Ravioli all’aragosta (2019)
Kentucky Wise Guy & Aperit Spritz (2019)
Campobasso pizza & Tropea pizza (2019)
Tropea pizza (2019)
Campobasso pizza (2019)
Pinot Grigio, Lenotti, Veneto, Italia (2019)

We enjoyed a very good meal at LìOLà and I absolutely LOVED the lobster ravioli; they are one of the best if not the best I’ve ever had in Montreal! At first I was skeptical – cause I’ve had “lobster” ravioli before – so I asked our waiter and he confirmed that they were homemade (not on-site but off-site and specially for them) so I went ahead and trusted him and ordered them. Wow, I’m really happy I did, cause they were amazing. Super flavourful, full of chunks of lobster and real lobster meat that tasted like lobster and then covered in a rich, creamy and buttery saffron sauce; divine.

The Campobasso pizza with truffle spread was also excellent, as you could really taste the truffles. Not only that, but the pizza itself was nice and I loved the taste of the dough/crust. Surprisingly, I also really liked the pizza dough sticks entrée; the ricotta and truffle oil sauce was superb and tasted a lot like truffles. Unfortunately, I did not really like the Tropea pizza, as there was barely any nduja on it, which is the only reason why I ordered it. The lower quality parmesan on it was also not my favorite (I buy my parmigiano reggiano from Costco at $30 a pop and trust, that cheese is the real deal).

We also enjoyed some very good cocktails and wine with our meal and I especially liked my Aperit Spritz; I found the Pinot Grigio okay. We were too full for dessert, so we’ll have to come back another time to try it!

Overall, a great dining experience at LìOLà; the food was very very good, as were the drinks and the service. Unfortunately, with a late opening just before winter time, the restaurant is very quiet and so there is not much ambiance. Therefore, if you’re looking for a great spot to enjoy a pizza, or pasta, or both, in a quiet and tranquil environment, LìOLà is a great choice. Buon appetito!

Ravioli all’aragosta (2019)
Ravioli all’aragosta (2019)
Ravioli all’aragosta (2019)
Campobasso pizza (2019)
Campobasso pizza (2019)
Stuzzichini alla LìOLà (2019)
Stuzzichini alla LìOLà (2019)
Tropea pizza (2019)
Tropea pizza (2019)
Tropea pizza (2019)
Kentucky Wise Guy & Aperit Spritz (2019)
LìOLà (2019)
LìOLà (2019)
LìOLà (2019)
LìOLà (2019)
LìOLà – menu (2019)
LìOLà – menu (2019)
LìOLà – wine menu (2019)
LìOLà – drinks menu (2019)

*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.

*All photos and comments are mine

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