Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal)
Hand-rolled gnocchi made with no potato, only ricotta, and Grana Padano cheeses, and osso buco with red wine risotto are chef Graziella Batista's signature northern Italian dishes at her namesake restaurant. Located on McGill Street, the dining room is elevated above street level and decorated in muted grays, creams, and touches of red. The open-concept kitchen prepares rich dishes like a rabbit terrine with wild boar pancetta and seared scallops with wild mushrooms. Its chocoholic desserts include a dark chocolate and nut semifreddo, and fresh cannolis filled with chocolate mascarpone and pistachios.
Two blocks along McGill, the Centre de Musique Canadienne au Québec has a large CD library and musical compositions by Canadian artists.