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Ottawa Restaurant Reviews
La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Fabulous Pasta
By Scott of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

My wife and I are regulars at this restaurant because they have the freshest, best tasting, Italian dishes around. We usually go on a weekend when the restaurant is a little busier because we like the lively ambience it provides. I really enjoy the specials that they usually have, if you are lucky enough to have the Osso Bucco I would highly recommend it. My wife swears by their Gnocchi and the Veal dishes - both are wonderful and she never tires of them.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Amazing Pizza
By sarahpurdue69 of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

They have the most wonderful pizza at this lovely little Italian Restaurant in Manotick. The crust is hand crafted, the pizzas are made fresh to order and loaded with the most wonderful toppings; fresh mozarella, fresh tomatoes, onions, capicola, proscuitto. Amazing in every sense of the word, we go regularly and it's always good, never lets us down.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Great spot in Manotick.
By KelleyR of Ottawa, ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you step into this place you know the experience is going to be worth it. They do have a lovely patio outside for the summer months. I would recommend this place for a special occasion with you partner or friends. The wine selection is fantastic and the food's wonderful. Enjoy!

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Delicious
By mbrighton of Toronto, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I loved everything about this place. The food is so delicious and fresh. The portions are large and the prices are very reasonable. Try the mussels and the homemade cannelloni. This place just feels so homey and special. There were three birthdays being celebrated when we were there and everyone was having a wonderful time! Our server was the best! She made us feel like we were family. We are most definitely going back

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Great Little Italian Spot
By MaryC of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:39am [Dine in]

Ate dinner here with some friends and it was delicious. The food arrived quickly and it was very hot. The service was fantastic. Attentive without being annoying. The restaurant has a very cozy feel. Would be a great spot for a romantic evening. Next time I am in town I would definitely eat there again.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Personal and welcoming
By greatgatsby of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

We were in Ottawa on business, preparing to open new retail stores for a US based retail chain. Needless to say, we travel... a lot! That means we eat out... a lot! La Piazza is one of the best restaurants I have had the pleasure of visiting. The atmosphere is comfortable and personal, like visiting in a welcomed home. The owners a lovely, genuine people, caring for their customers. Passionate for their business. If you want a great experience, with great food and great people, you have to go to La Piazza. You won't regret it!

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Perfect evening
By ShannonS of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 9:05am [Dine in]

If you enjoy a family owned, authentic italian cooking then you must go to La Piazza Courtyard. A small quaint restaurant --- that delivered big time! Clearly this is a restaurant that typically caters to "locals" (who sit at the counter) and several including the owner, Frank, asked us how we found out about the place. (Thank you TripAdvisor!!) The good time started as soon as we arrived and were served warm bread with olive oil and balsamic, and continued throughout the meal. The food did not disappoint ...meals included the Rack of Lamb - which lived up to previous reviews: OUTSTANDING, Veal Piccatta, which was delicious and wonderful Tiramisu for desert which was a perfect ending to a perfect and fun evening.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Tasteful and lovely
By Pepperplease of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant knowing that it was highly rated, so expected the food to be good. It exceeded our expectation, both in flavor and uniqueness. What we didn't expect was all the wonderful, personal attention that we received. To start with, we got lost trying to find the place and had to call them for directions. When we arrived and were seated the owner came up and asked if we were the ones that called. He wanted to make sure who ever it was made it there safely. We asked his suggestion on what to order. He suggested a great assortment of appetizers and said he would take good care of us for the main course. WOW ~ did he ever!!! After we received our glasses of wine (full to the top, not one of those anemic glasses that look more like an accidental spill) we dove into what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable meals in memory. As if all of this special treatment wasn't enough, after most of the customers had left the owner came over to sit with us and talk for quite a while. I would highly recommend this place on the food alone, but hope that if you go, you have as great of an experience as we did!!

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Wonderful meal
By WinneS of Toronto, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

Nice wine list compliments the medium-sized number of Italian menu choices, with great "specials" for the evening. My antipasto appetizer was devine. My neice's pasta combination plate was the most impressive I've ever seen served and my veal chop was excellent. The desert selection was minimal but the choices that we had were excellent; Tiramisu and Lemon Cake. Will go back to eat again.

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Chez Taffy337 Montgomery Street, Ottawa
Mistake not to be repeated
By MissRuss of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

After years of hearing good things about Chez Taffy from co-workers I finally decided to try it for lunch. I now regret the decision. The interior dining area is very small and grungy looking. We were not provided with any menus. I ordered the fish and chips thinking that was a safe order. I was asked if I wanted soup as it was included with the meal, so I agreed to soup. I was not given a choice of soup, which ended up being pea soup, but it was decent and edible. I wish I could say the same about the fish and chips. There were two small 'pucks' of fish and a handful of thinly sliced potatoes that were over fried and extremely greasy. I was not provided with tartar sauce and the waitress did not come to the table to ask if there is anything our party wanted or needed during the meal. I was able to eat the soup and about 3 fries, but was unable to continue eating the meal as the food was awful. At the end of the meal I asked for the leftovers to be wrapped up to go. The waitress asked if there was anything wrong with the food and I admitted I did not enjoy the meal. She became rude and confrontational. I had to ask 3 more times for her to just wrap it up to go. I paid for the meal and left the restaurant, to have her send people out after me to tell me she forgot to charge me for the soup. I had to go back in and pay for the soup which I was told was included in my meal.

Awful food, poor service, no menus, grungy interior, and the restaurant charges for things they claim are included in the meal.

I will never patron this establishment again or suggest it to anyone.

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Jimmy The Greek240 Sparks Street, #C130, Ottawa
Perfect Breakfast
By Donna Emmett of ottawa (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 10, 2012 - 7:07am [Dine in]

Our group has breakfast every Friday morning at the 240 Sparks location. The guy's go out of their way to make sure that everything is perfect. They really care about their customer's. Great job. I will continue have breakfast at JIMMY THE GREEK. Thank's Guy's for the special attention.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Nice Italian Restaurant
By TommyS of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

The food here is exceptional, the chef is amazing and knows how to cook traditional Italian fare. The manacotti and canelloni are both incredible, I look forward to having the pasta every time I go here. Great value for money, the portions are a good size and you don't leave hungry.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Wonderful food
By StaciK of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on the advice of my daughter who lives in the area. I have to say that the food was impeccable, the lobster ravioli that I had was delicious. My husband had the gnocchi and it was the best that he's had in a very long time. Next time we'll take our daughter so she can enjoy the food as well.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Amazing meal at La Piazza
By BarbB of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

We love going to this restaurant, we're always greeted warmly - they take our coats and hang them up, then ensure you get them back at the end of the night, great service.
The food is wonderful, we've had most things on the menu and nothing disappoints, the smelts are really original and something everyone should try, they are tasty little crunchy fish with a smattering of spicy red pepper.
They tend to give you too much food so we usually end up taking home a take out portion, which they are more than happy to oblige with. We always have a lovely time at this restaurant and it's a family fave.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Indescribable
By LarryL of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

This is the kinda place I wish I knew about when I was playing tour guide in Ottawa.
This place is absolutely amazing.
The Chef, the menu, the service, the experience, the ambiance and the quality and freshness of the food are indescribable. BY FAR one of THE best dining experiences that I have EVER had.
I can't describe it; You gotta try it to believe it.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Great cooking class last night
By Cheryl Peterson of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

Since we eat at La Piazza all the time we were intrigued to learn that they were starting cooking lessons, so we signed up. Our first class was last night and we started with a valiant attempt at making steamed mussels, I have to say that with the chef's excellent instruction and extensive knowlege of Italian cooking we did an amazing job. Now I just have to try and replicate this at home for the family. The restaurant itself is always a wonderful dining experience, we regularly go for the great, fresh pastas and sauces, their gnocchi is amazing and is a personal favourite of mine. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice Italian meal where they don't skimp on the portions or the taste.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
What a gem of a restaurant
By Krissysunshine of Toronto, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

This is quite honestly one of the best traditional Italian restaurants that I've ever been to. I visited Ottawa on the weekend with some friends and we drove out to this scenic little village on the outskirts of the city. As we were walking around the village we came upon this restaurant behind a courtyard in the middle of the village.

Upon entering we were greeted warmly by the owner and were seated at a lovely table by the window. The owner recommended the gnocchi and the mussels as well as the shrimp diavola. We decided to try all of his suggestions and were really impressed with everything. The food was delicious, not pretentious, portion sizes were what you would expect for the price, overall it was a great value.

Everyone loved everything that they ate, we had a wonderful afternoon and ended up leaving wishing we lived closer to Ottawa... Back to Toronto for now.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Great Italian Restaurant
By foodieforfun of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

After going to this place a few times I see no need to go to any of the other overpriced, not as good Italian restaurants in Ottawa. La Piazza rivals them all, the pasta is all fresh, homemade, the value is incredible and the food is outstanding. I've had most of the items on the menu and there is nothing that I wouldn't recommend to anyone. It's just all that good. The owner is a typical Italian, he's very proud of his heritage and has tried to replicate what you would find at a nice neighborhood Italian restaurant in Abruzzo.

The wine list is really good, they have some special finds that are not available anywhere else. We are never disappointed with our meals when we eat here and we usually try to go once a month.

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La Piazza Courtyard & Lounge5530 Manotick Main Street, Unit 4, Ottawa
Fabulous find in Manotick
By spupita of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

This is such a wonderful restaurant in Manotick, Ontario (just on the outskirts of Ottawa). The restaurant is situated just off a lovely courtyard when you first drive into Manotick Main Street. The owner has tried to recreate his Italian upbringing in a charming restaurant. There are wonderful pictures of Italy on several flat screens situated throughout the restaurant which lend a lovely ambience to the space.

The really special part of the restaurant is the food, it's absolutely incredible. They have fresh homemade pastas, the gnocchi is made from scratch and is silky and wonderful, the spicy rose sauce that it's served with is delicious. Their appetizers are amazing, especially the antipasto platter and the mussels and smelts - all wonderful.

We've been going here for a number of years and the place just keeps getting better. Worth a try if you're in the area, I'd make reservations though if you're thinking about going on a weekend, Friday's and Saturday's are very busy.

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Shawarma Prince484 Hazeldean Road, Ottawa
Best service we have had in a while!
By MichelleLucid of Kanata (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 3:02pm [Take-out]

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I'm pretty lazy.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were craving Shawarmas. We were lucky to find Shawarma Prince not to far away from where we live.

It is sad that they do not have delivery because we would most likely order from here at least once a week if they did.

I got a Vegan Shawarma and my boyfriend got the Chicken one.

Typically Felafel in a sandwich makes me feel ill, I do not know if it is just to much for my stomach to handle, but I digress, the sandwich was perfect and I did not get that "gross" feeling I do from most places.

My boyfriend had ordered garlic potatoes and I ordered rice as a side, before he put the garlic sauce on my boyfriends potatoes, I snagged one just to try them when the guy serving us saw this he asked if I would like a few potatoes added to my rice for free, I said yes thinking that I would have one or two to snack on when I got home I saw he had given me about half an order of them!

This was a small gesture that will keep us coming back... not to mention the food is amazing and the price is solid.

The guy who served us was all smiles and was patient with me as I asked him questions about what went into the food and how it was prepared, being Vegan I am not use to people being so patient with me as I make sure no animal products are used in what I will be eating.

We will defiantly be back for the service alone, the food being as good as it is... that is just the icing on the cake.

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