Ottawa welcomes two new Italian restaurants
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"It's an evolution after 16 years," Richard Valente told Ottawa Magazine after being asked about the new eateries. "We want to keep it exciting for our clients, but also for ourselves."
With the new Fratelli (Italian for brothers) restaurants, the Valentes have reconceptualized their presentation of authentic fire-baked pizza by providing neighborhood restaurants fit for families as well as evening cocktail seekers. Although the Westboro location has been a staple of the restaurant scene for years, just last month it moved a block away to accommodate a massive wood-burning pizza oven and was redesigned with a sleek and sophisticated interior.
What's on the menu
First, the pizza: Chicago deep-dish lovers will have to put aside their preferences and feast on thin crust delights topped with housemade sausages and smoked meats. With a combination of the simplest and freshest ingredients, including soft mozzarella, basil and of course, mouthwatering tomato sauce, each of the pizzas are baked to perfection in the blink of an eye thanks to a 600-degree oven. The chefs never combine meats so your taste buds can focus on a single ingredient, from capicolla and soppressata to sausage and prosciutto. Vegetarians will be more than happy with the margherita, which is topped with only roma tomatoes, mozzarella and basil but still packs a punch of flavor.
If you'd rather slurp up some pasta, the Valente brothers have you covered. The spaghetti pomodoro, a pile of housemade pasta and tomato sauce, is a favorite, but if you're in the mood for a bit of an adventure, you can jazz up your dinner with the fettuccine sila. Served with wild mushrooms, parma prosciutto and porcini sauce, this platter will fill you up well into the evening. Don't eat too much, though - tiramisu and raspberry creme brulee top off the dessert menu and you won't want to leave without trying a little bit of both.