Many of you have asked which restaurant serves authentic Italian foods such as the ones I’ve taught in my culinary courses. My latest discovery is in Montreal – Du Boucher à la Table/La Grotte des Fromages (From Butcher to Table). It is a cheese and meat deli that has now become a trattoria. It lets you BYOB without charging a corkage fee. This eatery has cool people, great southern Italian foods and a staff that rocks!
To start with, the butcher shop next door supplies the restaurant with homemade sausages, salami and prosciutto.
Keep in mind that Montreal, Quebec is home to two waves of Southern Italian immigrants. Some arrived at the turn of the 20th-century – my grandfather of the region of Molise was part of this group. The second wave, including my Neapolitan father, arrived in the 1950′s.
The succeeding generations of Italians have cherished the foods they were raised with. One of these dishes is orecchiette with rapini and sausage. At Boucher, prime extra virgin olive oil, homemade sausage and rapini coat each bite of pasta. It doesn’t get more comforting than this on a cold February evening!
Even non-meat eaters can enjoy the feast here. The tuna tartare is melt-in-your-mouth fresh. No chewing is necessary.
For you carnivores, the stinco di agnello is lamb shank braised in a demi-glaze sauce. A gentle touch of the fork, and the meat falls right off the bone.
When I tasted the rack of lamb, I was astounded by the fact that it didn’t have that gamey odor. So I asked Boucher’s manager Dominic, “How do you manage to get that lamb odor out of this exquisite meat?” He responded, “Quebec sheep graze by the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean’s salt evaporation permeates the grass. In turn, the grass’s salt results in tender and odor-free meat.”
Many thanks to All at Du Boucher a la Table and to Dominic who always ensures a fine dining experience!
Du Boucher a la Table – La Grotte des Fromages
4919 Rue Jarry E, Saint-Léonard, QC H1R 1Y1
Text & Photographs ©2017 Nancy DeLucia Real