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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge

5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4
Ottawa, ON K4M1A2
Tel: (613) 692-2587
Neighbourhood: Manotick, Stonebridge
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, Television, Live entertainment
  • At La Piazza you will enjoy authentic Italian and gourmet dishes made from traditional recipes containing homemade pastas and fresh ingredients. To complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers a diverse collection of imported and domestic wines, beers, aperitifs, and specialty drinks. On weekends, the lounge area features retro music, live entertainment, or pay per view sporting events creating a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

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Great place to hang out on the weekend
By SammyM of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant on Saturday night as they had our favourite band, the bluejacks, playing. They're fantastic. We were really surprised that the food was as good as it is. We started out with an order of the carpacio, wonderful, served with capers, lemon, red onions and crostini bread.
then we moved on to an order of the calamari. It was by far the best I've had, not greasy at all and the cocktail sauce is definately home made, with a nice horseradish tang to it. Next time we'll have more than a couple of appetizers. We were lucky that we got a table, the place was packed.

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Great times
By foodfetish of Toronto, ON (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

We always have a lovely evening when we go to this local hangout. The owners are wonderful, the food is incredible and the ambiance is always really lively. We can't get enough of their steamed mussels - the broth is delicious, wonderfully aromatic with a great blend of flavours, and always accompanied by their great freshly baked bread. We usually share an order of the gnocchi as well as whatever their special is, it's always fantastic. Highly recommend, great for groups - reservations are a must though.

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Great evening out
By jmishka of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

What a fantastic place. We didn't have a reservation for this wonderful place but were able to sit at the bar and was look after by the owner, Frank. The atmosphere of this small restaurant is great and the food is even better. The owner engaged in conversation with us the entire time and we had a blast getting to know him. We will be back.

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Beautiful Setting
By Jharri of ottawa, ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

Best Italian in Ottawa tried so far. Great wine list, antipasti and pasta. The food is home-cooked and tastes very close to what you can enjoy in a great restaurant in Italy, which is rare in Ottawa! I have lived in Italy a year and can tell this place is really worth the short drive Manotick! All my friends greatly enjoyed our meal.

Some dishes are from the owners region in Tuscany. Lovely patio setting, lush, garden like with lots of flowers in hanging baskets, you're truly surrounded by this beautiful garden setting. Recommended going when you can get a reservation on the Patio.

Warmly recommended. And family-run, authentic, culinary experience.

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Exceptional meal
By Mariafung of ottawa (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

We had an amazing meal at this local restaurant on the weekend. The food is truly incredible, the pasta's always fresh and the service is wonderful. We always seem to luck out and get a table on their beautiful patio, the lush landscape if gorgeous. It's usually packed on the weekends, this was no exception; we had a short wait for a table but it's always worth it. Our meal was great, service was quick and the food is simply scrumptious.

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Dining at it's best
By fofammer of ottawa, ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2012 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

My wife & I dined at La Piazza this May 2012. The service and food blew us away. I hesitated to write a review on our experience lest it might have been an one-off thing. Not so. We were there again 2 nights ago and it again produced one of the best dining experiences ever. Here's our hint: pasta you can get just about anywhere else, but the Veal....all you chefs out there know how difficult it is to cook great veal, with flavor, not too much. spice, it's a fine balance, Say no more. The magic guy in this kitchen CAN!!! Prices were acceptable. And yes, the owner from Italy, Frank, is at the top of his game. Trust him on recommendations.

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Amazing - Truly Amazing
By carrottop of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2012 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

Words cannot simply discribe what a tremendous evening my wife and I had at La Piazza. From the very knowledgeable Matre D, to our server who was tremendous and extremely honest with his recommendations. Wine pricing was very reasonable, which led us to order a bottle of our favorite celebratory wine Zenato, Amarone. Bottle was a perfect compliment to an amazing meal!
From the starters of Calamari and Mussels, to the ceasar salads, to the main course of Lasagna, and the veal scallopini, all were executed beautifully. Service was paced perfectly as well, not hurried or rushed.

This is our new Itialian restaurant in Manotick. We loved the fact that there was patio seating as well in the garden. Really a beautiful setting. No wonder this place has been there for 4 years.

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Best Italian in Manotick
By KelleyB of Toronto, ON (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I have this picture in my mind of a little Italian cafe in Venice just off St Mark’s square where you can rub elbows with all sorts of people as you all partake in some well-kept culinary secret. Well, I doubt La Piazza is a much of a secret to locals, but I still feel like I'm in some kind of in-the-know crowd when I go eat there. The restaurant vibrant and very busy and the food is rich and satisfying. The specials are always delightful and any of the appetizers are delicious, the smelts are my favourite. The best entree - HANDS DOWN - is the homemade cannelloni and Manicotti. My husband loves to get the veal or the lamb. We never really have room for dessert, come to think of it haha! I really like their selection of wines by the glass since my husband doesn't drink wine and the idea of ordering a whole bottle to myself (while tempting...) is quite impractical. If you go, you really need to get a reservation first, especially on the weekend.

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Awesome
By marissa of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Amazing food, truly amazing.... I had the best meal I've ever had at this restaurant on the weekend. We went just to enjoy the bands that were playing over Dickinson Days and support the Rock for Rogers House event, but I have to say that the food was definately the center of attraction for the evening. I had the most delicious gnocchi ever, so flavourful and fresh I can't wait to go back.

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Wonderful Meal, Great Wine Selection
By FinerWiner of ottawa, ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

I went to La Piazza on the weekend with a group of friends to celebrate Dickinson Days. We'd all be told that the food was fantastic, boy, was it ever. Being an Italian it's hard to beat real home cooked Italian, this place actually did manage to beat it... The flavors were amazing, fresh Basil in the sauces, real chilles for some amazing heat, spicy shrimp, you name it - we ate it.
Now for the other part, I LOVE a good glass of full bodied red wine and was introduced to a couple of fantastic new wines here. The list is extensive and the pairings with the food are wonderful.
Overall, we had an amazing time, the weather wasn't great but we managed to have a great time anyway. Good music, good wine, good food - can't ask for much more than that.

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Local Manotick restaurant with lots of charm
By SofieB321 of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 8:37am [Dine in]

We love going to this local restaurant, the owner treats you like family - very welcoming and always wanting to make sure you have a wonderful time. We've been regular customers for the past two years, It's always improving and I'd swear that the food gets better every time we eat here. My favourite dish is the gnocchi, it has the lightest, slightly spicy rose sauce that pairs wonderfully with the little pasta pillows, delicioso. We can't imagine going anywhere else in Manotick for a meal, this place far outdoes all the others - on every level.

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Great for a special event
By mmmmfoood of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 12:16am [Dine in]

We recently hosted a charity event at this restaurant in Manotick. Everything went so well on our evening - we were very impressed with the personal service provided by all the staff at the restaurant. The food was wonderful, everything was exactly how we wanted it; hot, fresh and exceptionally tasty. The owner went out of his way to make sure that everything for our evening was perfect.
All our guests commented on how fabulous the food was and what a wonderful time they had. I'll definately use this restaurant for an event again.

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One of the best
By PBorgatta of ottawa, ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went to La Piazza last night. I've been to many Italian restaurants in Ottawa, and I'd have to say this was one of the best. We both had appetizers which were outstanding. I had a pasta dish and my husband had seafood. The food was excellent, and they have interesting menu choices. The service was impeccable. I don't think that I could say anything negative about this experience....other than I ate too much! We'll be returning to La Piazza.

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True Italian Dining
By Phillipa of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

Came to La Piazza on the weekend, there were four of us and we had one of the most memorable meals in a long time. The food was immaculate - traditional Italian pastas that have the most delicious, fresh sauces and stuffings. I had the pasta combination platter and I couldn't say which I preferred; manicotti, lasagna or the canelloni. They were all distinct in flavor, the lasagna was brimming with tomato, cheese and meat sauce, seasoned delicately but just enough to bring out all the flavours.

One of my friends had the rack of lamb, it was absolutely perfect with a beautiful robust demi glaze sauce and fresh market vegetables, roasted to sweet goodness.

Overall we had an excellent night and will return again.

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Outstanding everything
By wellington of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful, the food is fantastic, the wine list is great - not too extensive but some nice high end wines. It's always busy on the weekend so I'd suggest making a reservation early. It's well worth a visit and I'd go back again. My partner and I shared the fettuccine and steak with lobster tails, reasonably priced for a wonderful meal.

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Excellent!
By MarilynG of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Excellent food and service. We had the lasagna which was very tasty, and the Mussels appetizer was one of the best I have had; everything was good; What impressed me was they had a proprietary wine from the owners family. I was surprised to find such good Italian food in the middle of Manotick. Go try it, you will not be disappointed!

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Wonderful find
By LarissaC of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2012 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

A group of us visited this restaurant over the weekend, we had an absolutely delicious meal. In typical female fashion we shared a variety of dishes, gnocchi, veal, chicken and a couple of appetizers, smelts and calamari. Every dish was wonderful, flavorful and beautifully presented. The owner stopped by our table to ensure that we were enjoying our meal, which we all were. We were very impressed with his knowledge of Italian cuisine and we all thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him, he's very personable and made us feel like we were at a family dinner. We were treated to a Limoncello, on the house - delicious. All in all a nice dining experience and we all agreed to return.

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Wonderful food
By KellanB of Toronto, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

The owner of La Piazza has hit a home run with his tasty menu that always has something wonderful on it. The daily specials are well thought out and seasonally inspired. The appetizers and main courses are all share-able (but you may not want to). And the desserts are definitely worth saving room for. Good wine list and great service.

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Wow Italian
By LorraineG of Toronto, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

Wow! From the olive oil poured for warm bread to the desserts, this restaurant was outstanding. There were three of us and there was not a complaint among us. Service was warm, friendly and efficent. The restaurant is slightly noisy, but not annoyingly so. Appetizers are appropriately sized and excellent. Smelts were excellent. Dinners are more than adequate in size. My steak was perfectly cooked, medium rare as desired. All 3 of us raved over the crispy edges, with tender center steak. The gnocchi alla maria and pasta dishes were also excellent. If you only visit Manotick once, do not miss this place.

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Gem of a restaurant
By Lynnecraw of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

My husband and had dinner here a couple of weeks ago. The food was excellent as was the service. The chicken parmigiana was one of the best, if not the best, we ever had. there was so much I could barely finish it, the sauce was so flavorful my husband practically licked my plate. The Rack of Lamb was also excellent. The owner came over to introduce himself. He was very helpful with our menu questions and helped us make a very hard decision, since everything sounded so good. We were happy to find this little gem and can't wait to go back.

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