Shopping & Food

Ottawa’s Best Lunch Spots

Spaghetti pasta with tomato sauce, parmesan and basil on a white plate. The classic tomato spaghetti: vegetarian tomato basil pasta. Old wooden background

Four fresh Italian restaurants to spice up your lunch hour, no matter where you are in town.



362 Preston St.

Right in the heart of Little Italy, Giovannis is known for its fine dining at dinner, but it’s also open Monday – Friday for lunch. Their lunch menu features traditional Italian soups and fresh salads, mixed with the best daily cuts of meat and seafood, and of course, fresh pastas. All served on white table cloths, it’s the perfect spot for a business lunch or afternoon meeting over drinks.


144 O’Connor St.

If you’re closer to centretown, Tosca is the best spot to enjoy fresh Italian cuisine in an upscale and relaxed atmosphere. With a carefully selected wine list and a daily lunch menu, their menu offers traditional Italian cuisine and contemporary favourites, including over 6 different gourmet pizza options.




275 Richmond Road and 499 Terry Fox Dr.

If you’re in Westboro or Kanata, Fratelli is a contemporary Italian fine dining spot that is a go-to for fresh pastas and pizzas. Their two locations blend a fine dining experience with a fresh and upbeat atmosphere that is perfect for lunch-time.



5816 Hazeldean Rd.

If you’re closer to Stittsville, Hazeldean Road’s heritage home-turned restaurant is the best place to find Italian cuisine and fine dining. Cabotto’s is open Monday – Friday, 11:30 – 2:30 for lunch, with new lunch specials that include Risotto, Gnocchi, PEI Mussels and more. Their newly renovated interior keeps the appeal of it’s 19th century backdrop, with a modern touch.

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