Attended oenopole's third anniversary party this evening. Ran into gastronomically trustworthy friends who raved about Pizzeria Magpie, where they'd eaten the night before. Been open for business for about three weeks. The owner -- or one of the owners -- is also one of the owners of The Sparrow (whence the ornithological connection, what?). Friends said their starters -- meatballs and a ceasarish romaine salad with anchovies -- were great but their pizza, topped with caramelized onions, black olives, ricotta, oregano and tomato sauce, was out of this world.
Pizzas come in one size (12"?). Starters include oysters on the half shell. There are a few local beers on tap (including St. Ambroise Pale Ale) and a short wine list with all wines available by the bottle or the glass. Desserts include brownies (I wonder whether there's a Cocoa Locale connection).
They have a website of sorts (Facebook resto sites are so lame): www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123615...
Decided to drop by for dinner and was sad to see they're closed Sundays and Mondays. Open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Closing time is 22:00 if I recall correctly.
Some people are claiming Magpie serves the best pizza in town. Seemed strange that there's been no mention of it on Chowhound. If you've gone there, please report.
16 Maguire (a couple of doors east of St-Laurent)
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