Skate & Dine
ENJOY THE WARMTH OF LITTLE ITALY ON A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT
Exercise first, eat later. It’s the perfect recipe for guilt-free indulgence! What better way to whet your appetite than to enjoy a skate on the canal? We cruised through Ottawa’s Little Italy, just steps from the Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow’s Lake, to check out the dining possibilities in this recently refurbished neighbourhood and found there was much to offer.
BLACK CAT BISTRO
Fans of a well-crafted menu featuring honest, unpretentious fare will appreciate Preston Street’s Black Cat Bistro. Chef Patricia Larkin and her team present modern interpretations of classic French bistro food with a playful, personal touch. The chic décor is cozy, the service is polished and friendly, and the menu is full of delicious options. Check out the Black Cat’s sharing table – the chef ’s choice of four different appetizers – as well as the delectable steak frites, or the house-made pastas for nourishment after a winter excursion. The old and new-world selection of wines pairs beautifully with the menu, which includes an impressive selection of cheeses and the timeless favourite of French lemon tart for dessert.