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#191 of 1,703 Restaurants in Ottawa
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US$8 - US$41
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Reviewed February 16, 2021

We ordered and picked up their special 4-course Valentines menu: cognac shrimp, gnocchi, 4 hr roasted veal and veggies in gravy, finished with Frangelico/fudge cheese cake. One of the best meals we have had in a long time! Everything was superbly cooked, seasoned and presented....It was absolutely amazing! Thanks for a memorable mealMore

Date of visit: February 2021
Tratt, Owner at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2021

Hi Daly, Thank you so much for supporting us this Valentine's Day. We are so happy you enjoyed your meal. We put so much preparation time in so that we could really show our guests how much pride we take in our authentic Italian cuisine....More

Reviewed September 2, 2020

I was disappointed with the food. For starters the Caesar salad seemed like it came from Costco. No home made croutons no fresh Parma. Very ordinary. The bread was stale. The white sauce on my chicken was probably scooped on from a pot that was...prepared in the morning. I won’t be back. We were seated in the back. Very dark. No candles. The restaurant needs a facelift. I was happy with the service. Very friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Tratt, Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2020

Hi Nancy, our staff would be happy to seat you in another area closer to the windows next time if you let us know. Our croutons are made in house and the caesar salads are topped with croutons and freshly grated Grana Padano cheese. We...More

Reviewed July 12, 2020

My wife and I arrived this evening for an intimate anniversary dinner, and were pleased to see a sign posted inside the entrance. It stated clearly that patrons must wear masks and keep them on until they arrive at their table. Although my wife has...leukemia and also experiences breathing problems, she is not legally obliged to wear a mask. She wears one anyway, out of respect for the public during her rare outings. We both wore our masks this evening until we were seated. The staff were wearing masks, but not all the tables on the patio were placed a full two metres apart. We assumed that those just one metre away from any given table would be left unoccupied and be carefully monitored by the servers. The dinner was, as always, delicious, but halfway through our main course a young couple arrived who had no masks and seated themselves barely a metre away, with the young man sitting well under one metre from my wife. We asked the server why the couple was so close and pointed out the unsafe proximity of that adjoining table. She did apologize for the oversight, but we asked for our bill anyway and requested the remaining food be packaged for take-home. The two bozos asked "why all the fuss?" and we explained that the Ontario protocol was not being respected. They responded that in Québec the rules were less stringent ("one metre distance") and for them a bit of a mishmash that is hard to follow. Well, welcome to Ontario you two birdbrains, where the protocol is more restrictive and where the infection level is much lower than in your province! It's almost impossible to reason with people who have peatmoss for brains and choose to ignore the realities of this global health crisis, hence we were not reluctant to depart after the two-minute exchange of unpleasantries. As we were leaving, management and staff apologized for their oversights in terms of masks, placement of tables, and seating of patrons, but it should not have happened in the first place. This is the only food-serving establishment in Ottawa where I have not been made to feel safe right from the minute I enter the premises. And this is stated with regret.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Tratt, General Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2020

Hi, thank you for coming to our patio on Sunday for your anniversary dinner. We are trying to comply with COVID-19 guidelines in the restaurant, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, having hand sanitizer available, and spacing our patrons out. We would like to take...More

Reviewed June 23, 2020

This restaurant never disappoints. Choosing only one meal is the hardest part. There are always multiple items on the menu that I want to try. Every trip to Ottawa includes this restaurant. An excellent meal, nice wine selection and second to none service.

Date of visit: June 2020
Tratt, Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2020

Thank you so much! We are always to happy to welcome you back when you are in town. So glad you enjoyed your patio experience this summer with us.

Reviewed February 13, 2020 via mobile

My friend and I had a lovely dinner here. She had the pasta with smoked salmon and I had the vitello marsala (veal). We also indulged in dessert, tiramisu and the chocolate mouse cake. Both delicious!

Date of visit: February 2020
Tratt, Owner at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2020

It's great to hear you enjoyed our food. We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

This is a good standard Italian restaurant. It is located in Little Italy. The service was slow but the food was very good. I had the lasagna. My wife had the pesto chicken linguini. The spumoni ice cream was excellent. Family owned restaurant. Would come...back for sure.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Tratt, Owner at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2019

Hi John, Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and would love to see you back in the future. Happy new year!

Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

Went with a friend,lots of choices,had 3 meal service,delicious food,not sure if typical italian food but tasted really good,fast service. Bit pricey for full meal appetizer from 10-20, main meal uptil 44 dessert starting from 9 or 10, drinks and tips +

Date of visit: November 2019
Tratt, Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Hi 566biaa, Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed November 5, 2019

My Dad and Mom went here on dates. I lost my Ottawa Mom not all that long ago. Went up w/ Dad...family business to take care of. Dad and I stopped in to eat. Wonderful experience, wonderful meal. Attentive to every detail without overt pretention....A fine choice on Preston. Price is right. Food is fabulous. I come to love Ottawa. In all its fabulous changes. I could feel my Mom in the "room". She loved great food!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Tratt, Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Hi Bill, We are so glad to hear everything went well and want to send our condolences to you and your family. Hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed October 30, 2019

This was our first restaurant experience in Ottawa and Canada. (and the only restaurant in Little Italy open on Sunday lunch :-O) I must stress out we are from Europe and we lived in various places around the world, including few years in Italy, therefore...I feel confident about this review, but we might also have simply different “taste” than locals. To cut it short -this is not Italian food at all. Pizza is supposed to be very thin (only one to few millimeters) with slightly puffy edges. Our pizza Sofia (and Margherita) was very very thick and extremely dry and over baked (I couldn’t even cut it with the knife). It was exactly like the pre-made “pizza Ristorante” from a supermarket freezer that reheated a couple of times in an oven. We had few bites each, returned the rest. Very bad. The starter was very disappointing as well. My father enjoyed his parmigiana veal (nicely tender) and my son also liked his spaghetti with meatballs (a bit dry to me). So one point more for that. Huuuge portions, the veal came with spaghetti as a side. However, the biggest disappointment was our waitress (Sara?). She asked how was the food and after I said we didn’t like the pizza, she acted almost offended. She just answered “Strange, it is our favourite pizza”, walked away and never returned. Wow, so rude. No matter of the feelings, a well trained professional waiter apologizes, offers to the customer something else/better and mostly -at the end of anybody’s meal a waiter should always offer dessert/coffee. It took me another 15 minutes just to catch her attention...to ask the bill (yes, we wanted all coffee and desserts, but...). We got a 50% discount on the pizza we didn’t like. Cherry on the cake was the extremely smelling toilet that all customers complained about. Personally, I would never recommend this place to anybody.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Tratt, Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2019

Hi Vev0, We checked the date of your visit on Sunday, October 20, 2019. There was a large group in the main dining room. We make our pizza dough from scratch and it is cooked per order. We do not advertise a wood fired pizza....More

Reviewed October 16, 2019

I came here with my family for my dads birthday and everyone absolutely loved it. It was out first time here and the food was SO GOOD. We were all very pleased with our meals and the service was amazing. The staff were welcoming and...tried very hard to make our night special so we're very glad for that. Definitely one of the best italian restaurant that we have been to in Ottawa. If your looking for a nice special place with great food and service, I'd definitely reccomended this place!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Tratt, Manager at Trattoria Caffe Italia, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2019

Hi Rravichaa, It is great to hear you and your family had a great time. We hope to see you again. Tell your dad we say happy belated!

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August 12, 2017|
Response from Tratt | Property representative |
Yes, we have a wheelchair accessible entrance on the Gladstone Ave. side of the building. Please mention you will need the entrance when making a reservation, or call us 5 minutes before you arrive so we can have it ready... More
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January 7, 2015|
Response from Tratt | Property representative |
You may bring in a bottle of wine as long as it is purchased from the LCBO or an Ontario winery. Corkage fee applies; please ask when making a reservation as the price varies.
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  • Trattoria Caffe Italia is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4