I may be partial having lived there most of my life, but now that I live far away, I miss Montreal Pizza. I can't seem to find a restaurant near me that has a similar flavor or any combination of ingredients that matches the flavor.

Do you have a recipe for the pizza sauce they use in Montreal pizzerias?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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    @Paul, welcome to Seasoned Advice. Unfortunately, recipe requests are off topic. Maybe if you changed what you are asking to something along the lines of "What makes Montreal pizza sauce taste unique compared to other pizza sauces?", it would work but if left as is it will most likely be closed. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:10
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    @duchessofstokesay - we actually allow really specific "copy this restaurant's recipe" style requests because those have a defined answer. So if Montreal pizza sauce is really done only one way and Paul provides tons of specifics we might be able to help. Here's a recipe from Toronto. It has anchovies and capers, two things I don't use in Chicago or NY-style pizza sauce.
    – justkt
    Mar 15, 2011 at 13:30
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    @duchessofstokesay - this article defines Montreal Pizza, which appears to be a pizza with a standard definition like NY or Chicago. That means characteristics of the sauce can be providied.
    – justkt
    Mar 15, 2011 at 17:39
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    Perhaps it would help if Paul clarified where else he has eaten pizza. If montreal is the only place he has eaten pizza aside from where he lives now, it might be that the montreal pizza he is used to is generic, and the unique pizza that served where he currently resides.
    – Doug
    Apr 21, 2011 at 19:18
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    Montreal Pizza is rather unique, the crust is very different from NY or Chicago style and the sauce is as well.. A bit tangier? They also have cold pizza slabs that are served with just the sauce which is amazing and my family has not been able to find anywhere else.
    – Manako
    Jun 9, 2011 at 15:56

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Found this article from a Montreal Pizzeria owner, hope its what you were looking for! :-)

The ingredients for Pizzazz Pizza (Montreal, 1989) sauce are:

  • 3 tbsp Pure Olive Oil 45 ml
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili or one fresh halapino [sic] pepper
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 3 28oz cans san marzano tomatoes (whole tomatoes)

Also included in the link is crust, construction and an alternative sauce. Be aware that this recipe is par for 4 16" pizzas, so either adjust as necessary or invite over some friends to share!

  • It may be the chili/jalapeno is the distinguishing ingredient.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 5, 2013 at 14:17
  • and the basil, sorry SAJ you posted the alternative sauce recipe... thanks for the help editing tho!
    – JesseW
    Jan 5, 2013 at 19:29
  • This sounds like a great, no tricks tomato sauce, no secret stuff in there :) Jun 11, 2017 at 19:49

I know it's a bit late but I'll put a little input for those in the future who wish for Montreal Pizza. So basically I can't give a recipe but I do know what the person is talking about. The one thing I know for sure that Montreal has in the sauce is Fennel seeds and in the crust they may have put a little milk in the mix. As for the pizza with just the tomato sauce on top, it's called a Rosso Romano, it's a rectangle pizza with just tomato sauce. You can find these recipes online somewhere, so happy hunting for that pizza.

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