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Living in Little Italy

Little Italy, as the name suggests, is the cultural centre for the Italian Community in Ottawa. Today, that very same neighbourhood is now a growing residential area for Asian and European Immigrants, which intersects Ottawa’s very own Chinatown.

One of the hottest neighbourhoods in Central Ottawa, Little Italy features residential homes, recreational activities, small businesses, restaurants and a booming condo market. This area is walking distance from Carleton University, Chinatown, the Rideau Canal, LeBreton Flats, and Dow’s Lake— making it an amazing place to live.

Little Italy Housing

You’ll find a few varieties of housing styles in Little Italy, ranging from detached homes, apartment buildings, single and family homes, luxurious condos and fourplexes. You’ll find that Little Italy is a part of Ottawa’s Central Walking District neighbourhoods along with New Edinburgh, the ByWard Market, Westboro and LeBreton. Very few homes in the area are rentals, with the majority of residents owning their own home.

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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?

Little Italy is considered a safe neighbourhood and has had a very low incident rate, thus far in 2018.

Little Italy Activities

When you visit Little Italy, it offers a range of amazing fine dining options. Get one of the city's best sandwiches at Di Rienzo’s, or maybe sit down to a full course meal at Giovanni’s. No matter your cuisine of preference, there’s something for everyone in Little Italy.

In June, the streets of Little Italy close in celebration of the Italian Week Festival, featuring food, music and dancing.

The major signpost of the neighbourhood is St. Anthony’s of Padua Church which was built in 1913. A picturesque community, Little Italy is bordered by the National Capital Commission's trail system and the beautiful Dow's Lake Pavilion.

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