Top choice italian in Ottawa

Slick, smart and ineffably cool, this joint is always packed: arty-farty hipsters bump elbows with wealthy coiffured housewives. Ottawa foodies appreciate the use of local produce and northern Italian recipes, resulting in a short and seasonal menu of small and large plates, such as the mainstay ricotta-stuffed meatballs, with an abundance of Niagara wines to accompany.

Town's clever young owners have pulled together the right mix of style, location, marketing and an exceptionally executed menu that everyone is talking about.