Louis Pizzeria sounds like your typical small town, family-owned pizzeria. That’s because it is. Located in the heart of downtown Cornwall, Ontario, Louis’ has been feeding the people of Cornwall for as long as I can remember. Some people love it, some people find it just OK. And while Louis’ can’t compete with Riverside or North End in terms of Cornwall-area pizza, Louis’ stands alone as perhaps the best place for a hearty meat sauce poutine in Eastern Ontario.
The reason people keep going back there for poutines, especially the meat sauce (or Italian) poutines is simply because of the sauce, which contains a ratio of meat to sauce that could not be more perfect.
The sauce itself is impressive because of how it’s made. While I’m not a fan of tomato chunks or excess onions in my poutines, Louis’ skillfully combines a modest amount of these into their sauce. Their recipe also seems to ensure that their poutine trays will not contain that watery-sauce you would find in other lesser Italian poutines.
The fries are also homemade (by that, I mean of not the frozen variety) and adds a natural heaviness to the dish that will fill you up in a single portion. My appetite is quite large; however, and I have seen people struggle to find space to finish the entire poutine.
Of course, now living in British Columbia, one naturally expects to have cheese curds in a poutine born and served in Eastern Ontario and throughout Quebec. Louis’ uses shredded mozzarella cheese as opposed to the cheese curds, but they seem to know the most ideal amount to make you feel like there’s enough cheese, but not too much. In fact, this is the one time where I’ll admit that a poutine should be eaten with the shredded cheese instead of the curds.
The Brutal Truth: Not the best pizza, not the best overall poutine in Cornwall, but hands down the best meat sauce poutine I’ve ever had.