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Block's Pizza Deli

Thin crust, thick crust, Chicago style, or pan, pizzas come in many styles, shapes and flavours.  Traditional tomato or piled high with toppings, many of us love and eat way too much of this heavenly treat.  Now I have a few favourite spots in Montreal for great pizza, but one place in South Beach does it so right its a sin.  Blocks Pizza Deli on Washington between 14th and 15th street knows what good pizza is and they serve it up right each and every day.

A three hundred year old starter for the dough is probably what makes this place stand out from other pizza joints but it also doesn't hurt that they only use fresh ingredients and never ever freeze anything. The diversity of their pizzas and pizza-like food is also very creative and totally delicious.  Blocks (square slices) of pizzas, perfectly executed calzones and delicious pockets (sandwiches) are what keeps me coming back to Blocks Pizza Deli year after year.  

A dash of tomato sauce, shavings of parmesan, prosciutto di parma and arugula are all the ingredients that make up my favourite Blocks pizza.  The crispy crust is not thin but not a thick crust either.  It's crispy and dry yet fluffy all at the same time.  The flavour is unlike any pizza dough I have ever had.  It has a deep rich dough flavour and perfectly compliments the delicious sauce and all their various toppings.

The Italian meatballs at Block's are home-made, spiced right and totally scrumptious. In a calzone or on a block of pizza, these meatballs are the perfect topping.

Prosciutto POcket and Meatball pizza

Sun-dried tomato hippie pocket

Pockets are Blocks Pizza deli's answer to a sandwich or a panini.  Every visit I order the sun-dried tomato hippie pocket (olives, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and basil pesto), but on my last visit, they added a new prosciutto pocket so obviously I had to order it.  The crispy, crunchy pocket dough filled with prosciutto di parma, feta and mozzarella cheeses, tomatoes and of course loads of arugula was so good.  So good, I felt as though I was in Italy. 

Capri Calzone

The capri calzone is filled with silky fresh mozzarella, Block's fresh made tomato sauce and just the right amount of fresh basil.  The calzone is so big, so hot and so delicious.  Each bite screams freshness and begs to be eaten over and over again. 

Eating at Blocks' so many times, I've become friendly  with the owners and have begged them to open a franchise here in Montreal.  Originating from Verona Italy, this husband and wife couple are planning to expand and I for one cannot wait till it happens.  If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a quick bite.      


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