Little ItalyOttawa

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Find authentic Italian restaurants, lavish street festivals and a century-old Catholic church in this historic immigrant neighborhood in Ottawa’s southwest.

Enjoy a romantic evening over a plate of linguini in Ottawa’s Little Italy. Settled by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s, this neighborhood features an assortment of old, family-owned restaurants and is a celebration of Italian heritage. Visit during June, Ontario’s Italian Heritage Month, to experience the area at its most lively.

Start out at St. Anthony’s Church. Due to a curve in the street below it, the church’s copper steeple is visible from several blocks away. Established in 1913, the church has long been a meeting place for the neighborhood’s Italian community. Tour the inside to see the fresco paintings on the curved ceiling and the ornate stained-glass windows. Cross the street to Piazza Dante, which features a splash fountain where kids can play during the summer.

Head over to Preston Street for lunch or dinner. While no original restaurants remain from Little Italy’s early days, you can find many authentic eateries that have been in the neighborhood for decades. Splurge on dinner at the luxurious Giovanni’s or head to La Roma for a more affordable meal.

During the first week of June, the area hosts Italian Week, a spirited celebration of Italian food and culture. Every night, Preston Street is closed to traffic, allowing restaurants to spill out onto the pavement. Musicians and dancers perform along the streets and chefs vie for your business. Join in the procession to St. Anthony’s Church or attend Assaggi Night to sample a variety of traditional Italian foods.

See the iconic arch entrance to Little Italy on Preston Street with its simple red sign located in the middle of a metal arch, which reads “Little Italy” in cursive. Find another entrance further south on Preston Street and admire the whimsical sculptures entitled Bambini, which depict a soccer team through the eyes of a child.

Little Italy is located west of downtown Ottawa and south of the Canadian War Museum. It is easily accessible by bus.

Top Hotels in Little Italy

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SOHO Residences Champagne
SOHO Residences Champagne
4 out of 5
111 Champagne Avenue South, Ottawa, ON
CA $179
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Little Italy, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Commissioners Park, Carleton University and Rideau Canal. Canadian War Museum and Museum of Nature ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (104 reviews)

"Staying at the SOHO Champagne in Ottawa was amazing! The room was spotless, and well kept. Our room was stocked with everything you’d expect an apartment to have, which was super convenient. The only downfall of our suite was it being above the parking garage, slightly noisy and the view of our room ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

SOHO Residences Champagne
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
CA $125
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National War Memorial, Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is 1.6 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,872 reviews)

"Friendly, welcoming staff!! Spacious, clean, comfortable and updated room. So close to all the great downtown restaurants, attractions and shopping!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2020

Lord Elgin Hotel
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $186
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,872 reviews)

"Only issue was walls were a bit thin, but that's part of it being an older building."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Capital Hill Hotel and Suites
Capital Hill Hotel and Suites
3 out of 5
88 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
CA $99
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre ...

3.7/5Good! (2,671 reviews)

"I really liked the location of this hotel. We checked in and did not need our car to drive anywhere. We were there for Winterlude and was able to walk to each destination. Also there were so many restuarants nearby and a little mall as well. I really like the little kitchen area which we made use ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Capital Hill Hotel and Suites
Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
250 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON
CA $105
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Ottawa Division, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Nepean Sportsplex and within 6 miles (10 km) of Carleton University and Algonquin College. Mooney's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (568 reviews)

"clean hotel room, really comfy and nice. next to so many food options, would stay again and recommend"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
The Business Inn
The Business Inn
2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON
CA $111
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in Centretown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and Museum of Nature. University of Ottawa and National Arts ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,430 reviews)

"Loved this place. Perfect location and spacious rooms. Kitchenette with utensils and some pots and pans. Staff were very nice and helpful. Was able to get parking as I checked in Friday but noted the lot was full Saturday! Breakfast was good and even had to go bags. Would stay again :)"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2020

The Business Inn

Popular things to do in Little Italy

Rideau Canal
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Rideau Canal

4.5/5(2,274 reviews)

This engineering and scenic marvel fills with pleasure craft in summer and transforms into the world’s longest naturally frozen skating rink in winter.

Parliament Hill
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Parliament Hill

4.5/5(2,285 reviews)

Spend a day enjoying the lively debates, artworks, library and Gothic Revival architecture of Canada’s political heart.

Byward Market Square
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Byward Market Square

4.5/5(2,104 reviews)

Fresh local produce, artisanal handicrafts and historic courtyards are some of the many features of Ottawa’s oldest and busiest market.

Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

4.5/5(514 reviews)

The country’s museum of military history features collections of weapons and vehicles that cover hundreds of years of conflict.

Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History

4.5/5(568 reviews)

At this museum, one of the most visited in Canada, discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation’s history.

National Gallery of Canada
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National Gallery of Canada

4.5/5(780 reviews)

Explore art through the ages in this impressive collection of national and international works of art.

Top activities in Little Italy

Ticket to Comedy Magic Show
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Ticket to Comedy Magic Show

CA $20
Per adult
Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

94% of travellers recommend
CA $19
Per adult
Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History

86% of travellers recommend
CA $23
Per adult
Private Departure Transfer from Saariselka City to Ivalo Airport
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Private Departure Transfer from Saariselka City to Ivalo Airport

CA $60
Per adult
Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

80% of travellers recommend
CA $35
Per adult
Ottawa private day tour from Montreal
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Ottawa private day tour from Montreal

90% of travellers recommend
CA $179
Per adult