Italian Restaurants in Clarence-Rockland

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The chefs at Milano Pizzeria have been perfecting the art of the pizza for more than 40 years. On any given day, they may cook any of the 20+ specialty pies on the menu or custom blend toppings for original orders. Milano’s classic pizzas include the greek pizza with feta and hot peppers, the meat lover’s pizza with salami and italian sausage, and the Hawaiian Plus with handfuls of olives and crispy bacon. Though Milano is known for its pizzas, its expansive menu brims with other entree specialties from all over the world; hearty lasagna, veal parmesan, and meatball subs further root the eatery in Italian culinary traditions, and burgers, poutine, and chicken shawarma round out the eclectic menu.

1078 Merivale Rd
Ottawa,
ON
CA

• For $10, you get a large five-topping original pizza (a $20 value). • For $10, you get a 12-inch Ultimate deep-dish pizza with three toppings (a $16.19 value).

572 Montreal Rd
Ottawa,
ON
CA

Mr Mozzarella's sauce slingers encircle several varieties of homemade sauces within the crisp, golden confines of homemade crusts on 35 signature pizzas. The Deli pizza's hearty pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, and bacon weigh down slices, protecting them from the grasp of grabby low-flying helicopter pilots, and the contents of the poutine pizza—with gravy, fries, and cheese—threaten to breach dough borders. The Mamas Garden flashes a colourful cape of sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, and green olives atop garlic sauce, challenged only by the Bandito's bacon, jalapenos, red onion, red peppers, and corn for style accolades. After placing an order, customers can pick up the piping hot masterpieces from Mr Mozzarella and take them on a whirlwind tour through town before singing them a lullaby and tucking them snugly into bellies.

5524 Main St
Manotick,
ON
CA

Natural light floods Iron Empire Gym’s workout space, which is populated with a weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and machines to work out every muscle in the human body. Treadmills, stair climbers, and ellipticals also fill the space to accommodate cardiovascular requirements.

3095 St Joseph (Centrum Blvd)
Orleans,
ON
CA

Molto Ristorante blends classic Italian cuisine with Québécois influences to populate its lunch and dinner menus. Chefs lob handmade meatballs into a net of ragu-swaddled spaghetti ($17) and use tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella to cross-stitch their pets' initials on to the doughy canvas of a margarita pizza ($13). Diners can choose between cream and tomato sauces to drizzle over an order of mussels ($17), and the lasagna carne ($18) supplies mouths with a luscious layering of ground pork and beef. Selections from Molto's wine bar pair splendidly with the daily chef's creation, and fork twirlers can substitute multigrain penne or gluten-free corn pasta into any dish ($2 fee). Exposed brick walls serve as a rustic backdrop to live jazz performances on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

131 du Portage Prom
Gatineau,
QC
CA

With its well-stocked wine racks and rock walls, Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro cultivates the softly lit ambience of an Old-World bistro. As mentioned on the bistro's website, "we want [customers] to feel they've had an experience?that they would maybe find if they were in Europe, but you don't have to go to Europe to find it."

This international influence also appears in the menu of fusion-tinged comfort foods. Although freshly prepared chicken parmigiana and three-cheese tortellini pasta in a gorgonzola cream sauce exhibit a commitment to homey flavours, the chefs demonstrate their culinary range by spooning red curry sauce over grilled lamb chops and creating Cajun-style jambalaya. Echoing this same multinational inclination, the wine list features more than 300 bottles from New- and Old-World producers, which helped Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro earn Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.

Though their flavours can range across the globe, chefs source many ingredients locally, seeking out seasonal vegetables as well as artisanal cheeses from Quebec's iconic brie mines. Nightly entertainment also draws on local talent?the eatery invites area jazz bands to perform on select evenings.

54 York St.
Ottawa,
ON
CA