LìOLà Pizzeria Pizza Fest 2018 winner – Lì- O- Là, means “here” or “there” in Italian, and it stems from the notion that wherever you choose to eat, you always come back to where you feel most at home.
Matteo Fiorilli and Anna Giampà, founders of the recently opened LìOLà Pizzeria in Laval, are proud to announce that the pizzeria has been awarded first place in the 2018 edition of the Pizza Fest competition in the Neo-Napolitan pizza category.
With 56 pizzerias participating in this year’s edition, 19 of which in the Neo-Napolitan category, the pizza competition was founded with the idea of celebrating pizza and the creators behind each original, mouth watering recipe.
LìOLà was honoured to be nominated among such incredible pioneers of the Montreal and Laval pizza scenes. Fiorilli explains, “We are the new kid on the block, and winning first prize was not something we had foreseen, but it just goes to show how much hard work and dedication we have put into LìOLà and our authentic Napolitan pizza recipes. We are pleased that the judges understood where this product comes from. It is not something we take lightly, and we are extremely proud and excited to be able to share it with all of you.”
During the first round of judging, Montreal pizza lovers and critics, Giacomo Biello and Tom Dion, had the difficult task of bringing a finalists’ list to the table of only 5 Napolitan pizzerias. The final verdict was then left up to the renowned international pizza consultant Anthony Falco.
“In fact”, Giampà adds, “we would like to thank the judges, as well as organizer Mathieu Fortin, for their sincerity and genuine enthusiasm. We know what it means to love pizza and are happy to have other passionate individuals like us understand the culture behind creating an authentic product, even if with a touch of innovation. We want our patrons to understand this as well. We are overjoyed with the results.”
LìOLà’s Margherita pizza is prepared with high quality ingredients and cooked in a wood-burning oven by Napolitan pizzaioli. Fiorilli is hopeful that a new generation of Canadian pizza makers will soon understand the importance of this art-form, and be able to carry these pizza-making traditions towards the future. He continues, “We are always looking for new passionate and hard- working members to welcome into the LìOLà family.”
When asked why LìOLà Pizzeria was awarded first place in the Neo-Napolitan category for the 2018 edition of Pizza Fest, Anthony Falco explains, “The winners were chosen based on personal opinion, knowledge of pizza and overall enjoyment of the pizza itself. LìOLà Pizzeria has a warm atmosphere, and the pizza is simple and tasty. The pizzeria also has a great vibe, and a good vibe attracts good clientele, this is how a pizza place should be. Congrats to the LìOLà team, you made it!”
In addition to mouth-watering pizza and a creative assortment of luscious wines and noteworthy cocktails, LìOLà also has much more. The menu features tempting desserts, including a gelato bar as well as a selection of Italian amaros. Amaro (Italian for “bitter”) is an herbal liqueur that is commonly consumed as an after-dinner digestif). The LAB, LìOLà’s Amaro Bar, boasts over a dozen varieties – mostly private imports – to satisfy every palate.
Fiorilli says, “We want this experience to be as unique for our customers, as it is for us. The food, the décor, the training we provide our staff, all have the objective of providing customers a place they will be happy to return to, time and time again.”
Keeping with the notion of “the LìOLà family”, the pizzeria offers a children’s menu and also houses a welcoming play area, complete with a TV screen for movie nights. “Our kids’ corner allows parents to enjoy their meal while the little ones are entertained,” explains Giampà.
LìOLà offers various promotions and will be organizing unique events which will be announced through social media and mailing lists. So, keep your eyes open for great things ahead, for LìOLà and for the community!
To view the menu and make reservations, visit www.liola.ca or phone 450-661-6980.