One of the most upcoming and hottest neighbourhoods in Central Ottawa, Little Italy is the perfect place for old houses, recreational activities, small businesses, restaurants and a booming condo market. The amazing places that you can visit on foot like Carleton University, Chinatown, Rideau Canal, LeBreton Flats, and Dow’s Lake make this little neighbourhood an amazing place to live.
Little Italy, as the name suggests, is the cultural central for the Italian Community in Ottawa. It was in the 1900s that Little Italy was inhabited by Italian immigrants. Today, that very same neighbourhood is now a growing residential area for Asian and European Immigrants which intersects Ottawa’s very own Chinatown. It is known as one of the cultural quarters of the city and although it is a part of history, Little Italy is on the fast track to becoming one of Ottawa’s major tourist and residential locations.
Little Italy Housing
You’ll find a few varieties of housing styles in Little Italy, ranging from detached homes, to apartment buildings to single and family homes to luxurious condos and fourplexes. A few of the single family homes have been remodelled, but the most of them have still been kept in their original style. You’ll find that Little Italy is a part of Ottawa’s Central Walking District neighbourhoods along with New Edinburgh, Byward Market, Westboro and LeBreton. Very few homes in the area are rentals, with the majority of residents owning their own home.
Little Italy Jobs and Employment
Preston street and its surrounding areas have become a community with a vibrant combination of commercial developments including restaurants, shops, stores, theatres, & recreation facilities and mixed-use residences conveniently serviced by public transportation. The labour force consists of people in many different trades and professions in this predominantly English speaking community.
Is Little Italy A Safe Neighbourhood?
Centrally located and surrounded by many major bus stops and the O-Train, Little Italy has 3 bus routes that run right throughout the community as well as on the outskirts. There’s even a transit way well within walking distance. Situated near the intersection of Carling Avenue and Preston Street, you can use the O-train which provides you with a reliable and direct link to Carleton University, Greensboro Shopping area and the Bayview Station.
Little Italy Schools
- St Anthony School
- Adult High School
- Devonshire Community Public School
- St. Mary Elementary School
- Glebe Collegiate Institute
- Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program
- Heritage Academy
Little Italy Activities
When you visit Little Italy, it offers a range of amazing fine dining options. It is the perfect place if you want a sandwich at Di Rienzo’s, or maybe a full course meal at Giovanni’s and if all that doesn’t interest you than perhaps a vegan course at Green Earth. It doesn’t matter what your dining habit are there’s something for everyone in Little Italy.
Corso Italia or Preston Street is the main commercial street in Little Italy that offers a range of many Italian restaurants and small businesses. You’ll have an amazing time if you’re in Little Italy during June, because the streets are all closed off in celebration of the Italian Week Festival, which features food, festivities and above all music and dancing.
The major signpost of the neighbourhood is St. Anthony’s of Padua Church which was built in 1913. You’ll find that Little Italy is surrounded by plenty of parks as well as the National Capital Commission trail system and the beautiful Dows Lake.