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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

MAMMA TERESA
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA

This is an extremely popular neighborhood restaurant that also attracts diners from all over the Ottawa area including folks from the Quebec side.

Mamma Teresa's is located in the city centre (Canadian spelling of "center!)  just five minutes from Parliament Hill in an old Victorian house. Ottawa is the Capital of Canada so don't be surprised if you notice some VIPs from the Canadian government closing some deals just a few tables away.

I'll always remember our visit to this place because it was on New Year's Eve and the restaurant was jammed.  We phoned the restaurant around 7pm in the blind hope of landing a table and we scored but only because of a last minute cancellation.  And even when we got there we had to wait for a half an hour for a table.  But it was well worth it.

If you eat nothing more than the garlic bread here, you'll go away with fond memories.  The pasta is outstanding and is 100% homemade at the restaurant.  You can't go wrong with any of the meat, chicken or fish dishes that follow the initial pasta offering.  And desserts, you're in for a real treat.  Many of the desserts are imported directly from Milan.

We really enjoy restaurants that have withstood the test of time and Mamma Teresa's place is a prime example.  And if you dine here, pretend that you're really in Italy and do it right.  Many North Americans think of Italian cuisine as just a plate full of spaghetti.  But in Italy, the pasta is usually only the first course.  Many opt for a starter or appetizer prior to the pasta course.  It is followed by the meat or seafood dish.  A salad comes next.  Then dessert.

Mamma Teresa is located at 300 Somerset Street West.  I'd definitely call for reservations, especially on a busy weekend night.  Their web site is here.

ADDITIONAL RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM CANADA:

Bangkok Garden - Toronto, Ontario
Chandler's Seafood Restaurant - Victoria, B.C.
Fine Kettle of Fish - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Floata Seafood Restaurant - Vancouver, B.C.
Hy's Encore - Vancouver, B.C.
Joe Fortes - Vancouver, B.C.
Keg Steakhouse & Bar - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Kettle of Fish - Vancouver, B.C.
Milos - Montreal, Quebec
Moulinere - Quebec City, Quebec
TBQ - Tunnel Barbecue - Windsor, Ontario
 

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