Little Italy Ottawa
Preston Street or Corso Italia, is the heart of Little Italy Ottawa. Little Italy has served as the first home for Ottawa's Italian population, but is also home to Irish, French and Asian descendants. It is famous for Italian heritage and home of the Ottawa Little Italy Festival, one of the best Ottawa Events. Preston Street provides some of the best things to do in Ottawa including the newest Farmer’s Market in the Capital.
Housing some of the best restaurants in Ottawa, they are equally famous for their top quality cuisine as they are for their eclectic clientele. Frequented by public figures, politicians, hockey players and movie stars, Little Italy has over 50 restaurants and cafes to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger. We provide intimacy for two or a banquet for 2000, hosting the most lavish weddings in the Capital. No stranger to fun, Preston Street is frequented by festival crowds who enjoy our Italian and International atmosphere, Ottawa's popular Great Canadian Theatre Company, two Comedy Clubs, the Ferrari Dream Ride, the Fiat Retro Show, Bocce and Soccer Tournaments, Criterium Bike Races and the Italian Car Parade. There is entertainment for everyone.
But, the best part of Little Italy is the walking. Or, should we say, strolling. On any given day, it is easy to see families and couples casually strolling the avenues. Preston Street begins at Dow’s Lake and is connected to extensive walking trails, cycling routes, boating excursions and the arboretum, which makes it the best pit-stop in the capital. During festivals, the street is closed to traffic and open to pedestrians, the patios are extended into the street creating a European Village feel in the centre of the Nation’s Capital. Now that we have newly refurbished roadways, walkways, and pathways, it is time to experience Preston Street Ottawa, home of Little Italy Ottawa.