Little Italy has long been the first home for Ottawa's Italian residents. The community is part of Ottawa's West Centretown and is centered around Preston Street. Little Italy has a reputation for having restaurants that have top quality food and excellent customer service because many of them are family run. The area was initially settled in the early 1900's by Italian immigrants. After World War II another wave of Italian immigrants came into the area along with immigrants from Poland and the Ukraine.
Many of the recreational activities in Little Italy are centered around the Italian culture. There are many bars and restaurants scattered throughout the community that serve up delicious Italian cuisine. Each June the community hosts Italian Week, a week long celebration of Italian culture and food. The community has several parks that have sports fields, an outdoor rink, a baseball diamond, a splash pad, and a pool. Dow's Lake touches the southern border of the community and has paddle boating and canoeing available to residents and there are biking and walking paths that wind around the lake and continue into the city.
Little Italy is in Ottawa West Centretown.
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