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Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Byward Market Area
0.4 miles from Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I should have realised there was a reason why an almost adjoining restaurant was packed this lunchtime whilst Tosca was almost empty. On viewing its menu it soon became apparent that its information on Open Table was significantly out of date as the prices of...most mains were around $10 more than online whilst there was no evidence of lunch specials served with salad and soup. When I asked about lunch specials a rather surly waiter simply said no. A burrata salad was enjoyed by my wife. But a veal parmigiana featured a breaded piece of meat covered in a tomato paste and a slice of cheese accompanied by spaghetti bolognese. It felt like two unconnected dishes mistakenly chosen from a naff buffet. Both were prosaic and fairly tasteless. The appropriate dish would have been to have served a thin slice of breaded veal with spaghetti in a tomato sauce. Tod a advertises Tuscan sophistication but judging by this dish provides instead American gunk. The butter served with complimentary bread was rancid in its little plastic packs. A glass of Italian wine, however, not only hit the spot but was reasonably priced.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022 via mobile

We made a reservation here, I ordered the lasagna. The lasagna was not very good, very cheesy and bland tasting. Both my husband and I wouldnt eat it. I told the server we did not like it. We were not expecting a refund but just...kindness, we didn't get it. In fact we got a rude stare. Restaurants who pretend that customers matter are annoying, we obviously dont. If we did the server would have at least said I'm sorry to hear that. Nothing like that. In my opinion, don't go here, there are better places.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 18, 2022

I have eaten at this restaurant about 6 times , all for Dinner. the service, the Drinks, the food, the atmosphere, the service has always been excellent. Highly recommend this Gem of a restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

A family business with excellent service and value. In a time of service industry recovery, this restaurant is a true post-pandemic success story. Fantastic food and wine. Truly a "service with a smile" restaurant. A personal Ottawa favorite!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 27, 2022 via mobile

Italian restaurant located in downtown Ottawa. Could be better as some plays were great and a few were a miss. Chicken Marsala was really nice but fried zucchini and fried calamari were not crispy; perhaps due to old oil. The best part of the meal...was a anti pasta plateMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed November 29, 2021

Their food is very good, Much better than most Italian restaurants in the city. Il primo, la pasta al pomodoro, was disappointing. It tasted like sauce from the supermarket jar, And the pasta was not al dente. However, il secondo and dessert were great. They...have a good selection of wines.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2021

Wouldn’t go here again. My pasta tasted like the sauce was from a jar. Definitely did not taste authentic at all!! Pretty sure my moms veal parm was from a box. Definitely not authentic. Server was great. However, there was a party on the other...side and the restaurant was playing rap music (there were elderly couples dining, I’m sure they didn’t appreciate this music). Other staff were walking around without masks.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2021

We had a private room in the 'vault'. It was nice - not spectacular - but nice. Service was really good and the food yummy. For a nicer place, I was really impressed with the size of the portions. The grilled calamari appetizer was, easily,...meal sized. But. conversely, I feel the portion size as kind of a negative too - its a personal preference, but I like smaller portions.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 22, 2021 via mobile

We managed to get the last reservation of the night for 8 pm, everything else was booked solid. We arrived at the restaurant and there were proper covid protocols in place. The Server was fantastic We asked about the wine list and said the owner...was very knowledgeable about their wines on the menu, I advised what we liked and they sent 2 sizeable tastings for us to try before we made our choice. The 2017 Cabernet Savignon Wolfblass Yellow lable from South Australia was our choice. The Bruscetta appetizer was amazing, great tasting and well seasoned. The main courses of Manicotti and Canneloni were outstanding and portion sizes were plentiful. I would highly recommend you try this authenticate Italian restaurant, this was what my girlfriend wanted to have fir her 50th birthday dinner and we were not disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 12, 2021 via mobile

We were very disappointed that the restaurant did not follow covid safety measures. Multiple staff members were taking their masks off while mixing drinks and coughing. They allowed customers to walk throughout the restaurant without masks. Couldn’t focus on the meal because it was so...apparent that nobody cared about safety. The only reason I am giving some stars is because our server was fantastic.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed March 15, 2021 via mobile

Great night out. Had the Linguine Pescatore (Seafood Linguine). It was unbelievable! Probably the best I have ever had. The service was super great and friendly. We had a super night out with great food and wine. Will definitely return!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed December 5, 2020 via mobile

Went to Tosca to have a relaxing dinner to start our mini staycation. While the mains were good, the service was lacking. Our server was attentive to refilling our wine glasses - I think he was hoping for a second bottle. He cleared my dining...companion’s plate while I was still eating - both during our appetizer and for the main. He also missed after dinner drinks for being inattentive. Not sure I would return.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 1, 2020

I went to tosca with a few friends and we had a great experience. Amazing food and service. Can't wait to go back and try the don Julio 1942.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 22, 2020

We had a lovely evening out starting with the chacuterie board and then seafood risotto and chicken picatta. All were delicious. We had to ask for water, not offered. Menus are reused (cleaned between uses?) which is not usual with Covid and the appetizer silverwear...was hand placed by the server on a sideplate for use with the main course. Think that should have been replaced. Hand sanitizers on the table would be a good idea. Nevertheless, we will be back. Enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 11, 2020

Very ordinary food, to avoid absolutely. The day soup tasted like a Lipton soup. The calabrese pastas were way too spicy.

Date of visit: September 2020
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I am sure like other have responded that they can provide various size of plates that include noddles/spaghetti in a bowl or plate, or fettuccini - a great place overall, enjoy!
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4