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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Ottawa? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Enoteca Monza Pizzeria Moderna - Gatineau restaurant
4.7
4.7 (96)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Gatineau
About the restaurant
The wine has a unique and mystical quality: unlike most other drinks, it gets better as it gets older. No one can elaborate exactly what the end results will be – the wine is constantly evolving. So there is a bottled surprise to discover. Monza has been a household name for over 10 years with its wine bar. The wines on sale are from all over the world. Whether it’s a bottle of wine or champagne, local or international labels, quality and affordability are always on the menu.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Very good food but music a bit loud. Excellent service.
A photo of Retro Gusto restaurant
4.8
4.8 (434)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Retrogusto is a pizzeria and bar that brings some much needed excitement to the north end of Preston street. We serve a Roman style pizza "Tonda", traditional roman fried snacks, salumi, cheeses and other small plates. Our food will be complimented by a small wine list that will be in constant rotation, strictly Italian classic cocktails, and beautiful amaro's from around Italy. The warm, cozy, dimly lit dining room with an open kitchen will be the perfect place to do the only thing that matters; eat good food, drink good wine and have a good time with friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
always happy with the service and can trust that the food will be incredible at retro gusto!
A photo of DreamLand Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (443)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
THE BEST PASTA IN OTTAWA
LOCAL - FRESH - FEELS LIKE HOME

Top review
IsabellaBvip
Dined 6 days ago
Food and service are great as always. Disappointing to see a classic like the cream pesto was taken off the menu though, so I do hope to see that and other classics come back!
A photo of La Roma Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (574)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in Ottawa's Little Italy, we're an Italian, from scratch kitchen, focusing on contemporary Italian cuisine that is rooted in tradition. With a large dining room on the main floor, and three semi-private dining rooms upstairs, we have the space for all your party needs. In the summer, we have a covered rooftop patio available for small private functions, as well as three ground level patios. We are proud to work with local farmers and producers wherever possible. Join us Tuesdays for half price wine (on select bottles). We looking forward to serving you soon!





Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Delicious food. Great service. Our server went the extra mile.
A photo of Giovanni's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (471)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Giovanni�s Ristorante, which you can find in Ottawa, Ontario, is proud of its reputation for serving some of the finest Italian cuisine in the surrounding area. The staff insists upon only the finest ingredients like AAA steaks and seafood taken fresh from the sea. Guests will also enjoy the lovely d�cor, which is filled with gleaming crystal, in addition to the food at Giovanni�s Ristorante. One great way to start your meal at Giovanni�s Ristorante is with one of the excellent soups, such as the minestrone or the stracciatella. When you make it to the main meal, you might try one of the veal dishes. The veal marsala, with mushrooms and a wine sauce, is just one of many options.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful experience and will be going again. Had an amazing waiter, exquisite food; hot and delicious, soothing and calming ambiance, music was very tasteful and enjoyed my anniversary with my partner. Confidently recommend.
A photo of Fratelli - Westboro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (924)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful food and staff. Always love going here for special occasions
A photo of Cantina Gia restaurant
4.6
4.6 (913)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
The Glebe
About the restaurant
Welcome to Cantina Gia
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Top review
ACruz
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic food, we were so pleased with every item we ordered. The focaccia with the burrata was incredible and the spaghetti and meatballs were to die for.
A photo of Joe's Italian Kitchen - Wellington restaurant
4.4
4.4 (12)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Westboro
About the restaurant
Weaving old world traditions with new world creativity. Our goal is to bring you a diverse menu that not only preserves, but elevates hearty dishes that showcase the essence of Italian cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Service was very good and the food was very tasty.
A photo of North and Navy restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1755)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Northern Italian kitchen inspired by the Bacari of Venice
Our menu is inspired by tradition and dictated by the quality and availability of ingredients. We play off the similarities between the climates of Eastern Ontario and Northeast Italy, and create our take on classic dishes made with seasonal game, seafood and vegetables. Plus, sometimes we’ll just add whatever we want.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The counter was enjoyable but it was a bit hot next to the kitchen and I felt cut off from the other part of the resto only looking at the food prep. I was designing in my mind a gorgeous frame with ambient lighting to make this intimate nook more of a suitable place for two for dinner.
A photo of Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1047)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant


Ottawa's upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of Ottawa's downtown core.Tosca Ristorante offers a magnificent blend of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine in surroundings nothing short of sheer elegance.

As soon as you walk in you will be greeted with a combination of traditional Italian color ways of patina, stone, and rich wood. This essence has been incorporated in every detail of this charming and sophisticated restaurant and bar; from Tosca's creative Italian menu and selected wine list, to the inviting interiors providing for a comfortable, intimate and memorable experience.

Top review
JulieL
Dined 3 days ago
Food was excellent! Hot and just right serving size. The servers were very polite, they were attentive, seeemed to work as a team sometimes. Their attire could be a little more upscale. Seemed too casual for what we thought was an upscale restaurant.
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