Saint John’s Italian By Night Makes List of Top 100 Italian Restaurants in Canada

Michelle Hooton in the kitchen at Italian by Night. (Image: Italian by Night Facebook page)

SAINT JOHN – One of the owners of Italian by Night is thrilled that the popular uptown restaurant was named one of the 100 Best Italian Restaurants in Canada for 2017 – the only New Brunswick establishment to make the list.

It makes Michelle Hooton even happier to know the list was compiled based on customer reviews of the restaurants. Huddle reached Hooton by Facebook Messenger in, of all places, Italy.

“I’m thrilled, humbled, proud of my partners, proud of my team and really really really excited about the future,” she said. “I’m in Italy right now continuing my life’s passion for learning and experiencing all things Italian so that I can share it with my hometown.

Making a list that is completely compiled by the people’s choice is the very best commentary on our food. Reviews were written unsolicited, based truly on their experience. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

OpenTable, which bills itself as “the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations,” compiled the list to mark National Pasta Month. It reflects the combined opinions of more than 515,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,000 restaurants in Canada.

It highlights Italian by Night in its press release about the list earlier this week.

“From trattorias serving classic Italian comfort food to enotecas with outstanding wine offerings, this list highlights the diversity of Italian cuisine across the country such as Villa Rosa Ristorante in Penticton, British Columbia, and Italian by Night in Saint John, New Brunswick.”

Italian by Night is located at 97 Germain Street in one of Historica Development‘s renovated uptown properties.

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