Italian cuisine in Byward market
Best Italian restaurant in Ottawa
Best Italian restaurant in Ottawa

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Italian Cuisine!

Every restaurant in Ottawa has its own specialty. At Mamma Grazzi’s, we are known for our old world Italian cuisine, featuring home-made pasta, hand-rolled thin crust pizzas, and fresh selection of grilled chicken and veal dishes. Our Italian cuisine menu was created to provide an ‘al momento’ cooking philosophy which means that each pasta, pizza and entrée is prepared individually to order.

Mamma Grazzi’s Italian restaurant in Ottawa has won “Best Italian Food” as voted by Ottawa Xpress Readers and was selected as “Great Spot for a First Date” by Cheapeats Ottawa, a guide to good inexpensive restaurants. Drop by and see what everyone’s talking about – fantastic Italian cuisine in the heart of the Byward Market. You won’t be sorry after eating at one of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa.

“Tucked away in a cobblestoned courtyard, Mamma Grazzi’s is the perfect spot to while away a couple of hours with your favourite doe-eyed cutie”

- Cheapeats Ottawa

Italian restaurant and pasta in Ottawa
Milano Pasta

Linguine in a cream sauce with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh snow peas.  Delicious!

Italian cuisine and pasta
Liguria Pasta

Fettuccine in a pesto-cream sauce with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms.  Yum!

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What Makes Us One of The Best Italian Restaurants in Ottawa?

We have been voted one of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa because we care about our Italian cuisine. Our pasta is made fresh, in-house, daily, with 100% durham semolina and fresh whole eggs – and what a difference that makes! Fresh pasta is much more tender and lighter than dried pasta, and gives a toothsome bite to our al dente pasta like nothing else can.  Serving our Italian cuisine fresh to you each day is a sign of respect and hospitality, demonstrating our pride in our Italian heritage and our culinary skills.

Pasta has been given a bad reputation recently because it is a carbohydrate – but we want to help debunk this myth!  Italian Pasta (especially when cooked al dente) is a very healthy, low GI food. In Italian cuisine, pasta made with durham is a great source of fiber and has a higher protein content than many other wheats.  Durum is a wholly different species from bread wheat in that it contains a third fewer chromosomes. Durum is an older species and a hybrid of wild grasses; modern bread wheat is more domesticated.  Durham semolina pasta can be a great part of a healthy diet because it is digested slowly, providing a slower release of sugar into the blood, and giving a greater feeling of satiation.

So – if you haven’t had the pleasure of eating really good quality fresh Italian cuisine, come on in our ByWard Market restaurant in Ottawa and order yourself a plate of the best pasta in town. We’re looking forward to serving you in one of the most romantic Italian restaurants in Ottawa.