• Nick Zacharias

Local eateries roll with the changes


Vaudreuil-Dorion eatery Trattoria Lanni founder Giovanni Lanni (centre), shown here with sons Alberto and Rocco, are showing that with public support, small restaurants are doing everything they can to continue to serve up the meals they are famous for, and by supporting local restaurants by placing take-out orders we can all do our part to help the community in difficult times.

Restaurant Trattoria Lanni on Saint-Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion has been a go-to Italian eatery for families and social gatherings of all kinds for six decades. As we head into a new month of ‘Level red’ restrictions however, gatherings have been abruptly curtailed. Just as they did in the first wave of pandemic shutdowns, they and many other local restaurants have no choice but to make the best of things and continue to prepare food for pickup and delivery.

“I started on Sherbrooke Street East in Montreal in 1960, and was there for 52 years,” says founder Giovanni, who stopped to talk along with sons Alberto and Rocco. Said Alberto Lanni, “We moved here to Vaudreuil eight years ago, because of family, and because we knew at the time it was the fastest growing city in the country. It has really been great.”

With new restrictions on dine-in restaurants that came into effect October 1, things are changing. Restaurateurs who are denied the chance to welcome guests are turning to take-out and delivery models to weather the storm and avoid shutting down completely.

Says Lanni, “We came through the first wave okay – we’re doing our own delivery and we have take-out, and we’re also with online services like Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes. Now we’re making more changes – we’re going to take over part of our dining area with fridges and counters, so on top of taking food orders we’re going to make ourselves into an Italian marketplace. We’re going to have ready-made meals for people to pick up, plus olive oils and sauces, everything people need. It’s going to be great.”


Offering take-out meals since March, Cozy Café co-owners Christine Booth (background) and Jessika Ménard will launch a delivery service October 7 from their Hudson eatery.

Though it’s offered take-out meals since the onset of the pandemic, Hudson’s landmark Cozy Café is beginning a delivery service of their creative and delicious meals beginning Wednesday, October 7.

Nobody needs to weather a pandemic without comfort foods like pizza and, reflecting our food-loving region, you can find an extensive range of pizza flavours like Philly Steak, vegetarian, and even Halal options at one of our many pizzarias. Pasta? No problem and with the coming cooler weather, a helping of warm rigatoni should be on everyone’s plate.

If you’re a little intrigued by trying something off the traditional take-out path, even gourmet restaurants like Le Charleville in Vaudreuil-Dorion are embracing the pick-up and delivery service.

Now’s the time to treat yourself, your family, and your local merchants.

Bon appetite!