La Bottega, Ottawa

I recently visited ‘La Bottega’ in Ottawa’s buzzy Byward market. Most people would simply walk by it as it looks like an Italian food market. However, in the back, there is a little restaurant that seats no more than 20 people and a build your own sandwich bar. Not to mention lots of fresh authentic cheeses, breads and antipasti.

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We went on a Saturday around noon and were surprised to see the back of the quaint food market come alive with people eating in the intimate restaurant and others hurrying around collecting fresh and authentic groceries. We waited eight minutes for a table. The staff were extremely friendly so we didn’t mind the wait (rude waiting staff is my pet hate!). As we waited we watched a queue form for the takeaway sandwiches which were all prepared on homemade bread. On my list to go back and try one.

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The menu had lots of options ranging from salads to pizzas, all at reasonable prices. We both decided to go with the veal cannelloni (pictured below). It was a perfect size lunch portion for someone who is hungry. We both found it really tasty, the ingredients felt fresh, however, the tomato sauce was a bit plain, and the food wasn’t very hot when we got it. Having said that we both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely happy with the service.

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I will advise you to bring an extra layer. We were sitting at the back of the restaurant so towards the end of our meal we got quite cold.

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Food:                       7.5/10

Atmosphere:        8/10

Price:                       9/10

Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try it! See you in the next one

The Girl on the Go xx