Is there anything more romantic than loading up on delicious carbs with your S/O? Yeah, we didn't think so. Luckily, there are so many incredible Italian restaurants in the Canadian capital where you and your date can fill up on all the carbonara your hearts can handle. We've rounded up some of Ottawa's best pasta spots that make a magical date night so that you don't have to waste any time finding the perfect spot.

That's right. You won't need to shell out for an expensive trip to Italy to taste some authentic handmade pasta. In fact, a simple bus ride to Ottawa's Little Italy will do the trick.

Of course, though, it's not just Little Italy. There are numerous pasta spots throughout Nepean, Westborough, Kanata. Basically, the capital is drowning in marinara — just the way we like it.

And if affordable pasta with enormous portions is more your speed, don't sweat, because they've got that too.

So, whether you're just here for the wine list, or it's pasta time you found a new favourite authentic restaurant, Ottawa has you covered.

The next time you're stumped for Ottawa date night ideas, why not hit up one of these mouthwatering pasta places to show your date that you're tortellini in love with them?

Johnny Farina

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 216 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Everything about this place screams romance, from the dark wood interior to the delicious meals. Plus, there's free bread, which is a win in our books.


Napoli's

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian 

Address: 81 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This little spot in Westborough has been family-owned and -operated since the 1970s, and you can taste the authenticity. 


Fratelli

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 275 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Family-run since the 1990s, you can taste the love in this pasta sauce. Get ready to be in a food coma all night after hitting up this romantic spot.


Pub Italia 

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian pub food

Address: 434 Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Little Italy is home, of course, to so many epic pasta spots. But the gothic decor, beer bible, and deep-fried ravioli really set Pub Italia apart. 


Via Cibo

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Italian street food

Address: 120 Earl Grey Dr. Unit 100, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Pasta date night can get too fancy and too pricey really quickly. If you and bae are on a budget but are having some serious carb cravings, hit up Via Cibo for some affordable Italian street eats.


The Dreamland Cafe

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Pasta cafe

Address: 262 Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Mug full of mac n' cheese, anyone? Mac n' PLEASE. With magical decor, creamy delicious pasta, and some truly unique dinnerware, this is a perfect date night destination in the capital. 


North & Navy

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Northern Italian

Address: 226 Nepean St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to treat bae to something extra fancy then you need to check out North & Navy. It's a little on the pricey side, but totally worth it. You'll feel like you're walking directly into nonna's kitchen here.



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