Fodor's Expert Review Da Emma

$$$$ Little Italy Italian

The cellar of what used to be Montréal's first women's prison hardly sounds like the ideal setting for an Italian eatery, but Nonna Emma's cuisine shushes any bad vibes from the 1800s. Nonna Emma recently retired, at the age of 80, but today her daughter, Olga Aureli, and her grandson, Luca, the sixth generation of restaurateurs in the family, now helm the well-known institution. Stone walls and heavy beams serve as a backdrop for Roman dishes like roasted lamb, fettuccine con funghi porcini and salmone alla griglia, which have all forgone fussy presentation to focus on superior fixings. Repeat customers, including Hollywood A-listers, enjoy the privacy of the secluded garden.  Reservations are recommended Thursday through Saturday. 

Italian Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

777 rue de la Commune Ouest
Québec  H3C 1Y1, Canada

514-392–1568

daemma.com

Known For:
  • Abbacchio al forno (roasted lamb)
  • Polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce)
  • Rustic, authentic Roman dishes
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

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