A trip to Montreal always includes a stop at the famous Fairmount Bagel. I cannot buy a dozen bagels without Gordy eating a least two from the paper bag, the bagels are freshly baked in a wood-fired oven and yes impossible to resist! So while walking and eating bagels we noticed this tiny little shop, Drogheria Fine, filled with jars and jars of tomato sauce, olive oils and other delights in mason jars.

Just as you would be welcomed into your grandmother’s kitchen, owner Franco Gattuso welcomed us into his tiny shop. Bottles of olive oil were on the counter and pots of tomato sauce were boiling on the stove in the open kitchen and Franco offered us a spoonful right from the pot!  He calls the sauce La Salsa della Nonna which means Grandma’s’s Sauce.  We went home to Toronto with four jars, but soon realized that was not enough.  Now when visiting Montreal we get our dozen bagels and a dozen jars of Nonna’s sauce. 

Yale and owner Franco Gattuso.