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22 Sep, 2011

A taste of Bella Italia

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa|Publishing/writing/career stuff

My latest piece over at SavvyMom.ca is about a wee walking tour of Preston Street. Preston Street is where you can find things like this:

Flaky Italian pastry thing

That was from a lunch we had at Simply Biscotti, and it was… simply delicious.

Preston Street (a.k.a Little Italy) is pretty easy to get to, and there are lots of places to park, in city-run lots and on the street. We found plenty of street parking on Beech Street right at Preston. It’s close to Dows Lake too, so you could consider taking in some of the lovely views there as well (or walking off all those pastries afterwards)!

There is a lot to see, and to eat. (Which is the main reason we go there.)

Also worth mentioning, it’s la Vendemmia this weekend, Preston Street’s annual fall harvest festival. It’s a celebration of wine, food, and culture. And there’s a charity grape stomp too! (What more can you ask for?) You can read more about la Vendemmia here.

2 Responses to "A taste of Bella Italia"

1 | lacoop

September 22nd, 2011 at 4:14 pm


sshhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone about Simply Biscotti…it is already getting too busy there and the lady is overworked. We want to keep her healthy and happy so she keeps making those incredible treats. ;-)

2 | The Ultimate Ottawa bucket list! >> a peek inside the fishbowl

April 25th, 2012 at 7:56 am


[…] Sample a pasta dish in Little Italy [ed: personally I’d opt for a latte and a pastry] […]

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