“Lively little neighbourhood”
Little Italy is the cultural hub of Ottawa's Italian community, initially settled around 1900 by Italian immigrants. Bounded by Albert Street to the north, Carling Avenue to the south, the O-Train Trillium Line to the west, and Bronson Avenue to the east, Little Italy intersects with Chinatown, which has a large business district on Somerset Street. The two neighbourhoods have meshed somewhat in recent years and there are plenty of Asian immigrants, as well as Ukrainian and Polish immigrants, who now call the area home.
In recent years a number of condos have sprung up in Little Italy and construction continues in 2018 on a new 45-storey tower, the tallest of all condo buildings in Ottawa, at Carling Avenue and Preston Street. But renters have many other options, from bachelor apartments for rent in private homes, to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in older duplexes and triplexes. Hunting for rentals in Little Italy? Search for apartments to rent, condos, and houses easily with our unique filters and map view!
Life & Style
Bakeries, specialty food markets, gelato shops, and welcoming cafés are peppered throughout Little Italy. The many patios are also a popular place to stop and rest for cyclists enjoying the two great paths that run through the area, along the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal Pathways. Active adults will appreciate the large selection of fitness centres, yoga studios, and martial arts academies in this neighbourhood.
Little Italy boasts several fine Italian restaurants, including Giovanni’s, Trattoria Caffé Italia, and Allegro, and well as popular pubs The Prescott, The Heart & Crown, and Pub Italia. Preston Street is lively at night, with people exploring the wine bars and listening to live music. There are also frequent events for foodies, classical music lovers, and live theatre buffs.
Each June the neighbourhood hosts the Italian Week festival, a large celebration of Italian culture, and September offers GrapeFest. The city of Ottawa has also given commemorative Italian names to 2 roads: Gladstone Avenue is also called Via Marconi, and Preston Street is called Corso Italia.