F C O De Fiumicino
By YP Contributor

Authentic Pizzas and Gelatos

The closest Montrealers can get to authentically Italian pizza and gelato without boarding a plane is by heading to Viger Street West’s FCO di Fiumicino; where the oven, the gelato machine and even the owner are all Italian. “All of our pizzas are prepared here, using nothing but the freshest ingredients, according to traditional recipes,” explains owner Dino Palmieri.

There are no 99-cent slices or extravagant toppings to be found at FCO di Fiumicino, but rather deliciously simple pizza. “We prepare it al metro, which means that it’s rectangular in shape and about one metre long, just like in Rome. Many people think of pizza as fast food; we don’t subscribe to that North American conception and its variants, which are usually slathered in greasy toppings. What we’re offering is a real return to basics,” says Dino. “I wanted to show that pizza can be a refined, sophisticated dish, and I think we’ve succeeded.”

In addition to its metre-long pizzas, FCO di Fiumicino creates delicious and inventive gelatos. “While our dark chocolate gelato is very popular," notes Dino, "other flavours, like our own cinnamon-ricotta, attract a lot of attention.”

We prepare it al metro, which means that it’s rectangular in shape and about one metre long, just like in Rome. - Dino Palmieri, owner
Al Metro pizzas, homemade gelato, gelato cart for special events

Honouring Italian Cuisine

“I grew up in the restaurant business — literally. So it came as no surprise that I chose that same path,” recounts Dino. He opened his first restaurant in 2008, then his first urban cafeteria, Officina, right next door to FCO di Fiumicino, which he opened in 2012. “My first restaurant was geared more towards that American vision of pizza. Quickly enough, I got the itch to explore the culinary traditions of my home country, to show Montrealers what real, tasty Italian pizza can be.”

“When I decided to open FCO, I did a lot of research, and I went to Italy a few times to see what was going on in the culinary scene. I brought back an oven, the only one of its kind in Quebec, to make al metro pizzas, which I prepare using a flour I import from Italy," he explains. "I also brought back everything we use to make our gelato, as well as our gelato cart, which promoters and other businesses can rent for special events.”

Al Metro pizzas, homemade gelato, gelato cart for special events

An Entrepreneur Fulfilled

“Looking back on opening three restaurants in the space of five years, all of which met with great success, makes me very proud. I think this city’s foodies really got behind our project, that they realized that there’s way more to pizza than we you find on any given street in Montreal,” says Dino, who has sold his first restaurant so he can focus on the Viger Ouest cluster.

“I think that FCO di Fiumicino successfully show Montrealers what makes an excellent pizza," says Dino. "That alone makes all the sacrifices of being an entrepreneur worthwhile.”

Al Metro pizzas, homemade gelato, gelato cart for special events
Close menu