Cabotto's Restaurant - Fine Italian Cuisine
Cabotto’s is one of the longest established family-run restaurants in Ottawa. Since 1976, they have successfully created a piece of Italy in the west end of Ottawa. For the past thirty five years Cabotto’s has been serving authentic Italian cuisine that has earned it the first-class reputation it enjoys today. On May 9th 2003, the restaurant was relocated to the distinctive heritage building on Hazeldean road. With its castle like appearance, stunning artwork, elegant French doors and luxurious fireplaces, it has an environment that is a testament to their desire to make guests dining experiences the best they can be. Cabotto’s prides itself on using only the finest quality ingredients and providing guests with the service and hospitality that have become synonymous with the Cabotto’s name.
With its charismatic hands-on owner Vincenzo Pucci presiding over every facet of the daily operation, Cabotto’s is known and appreciated for its warmth and desire to please each and every one of its guests.
Vince and the entire staff at Cabotto’s would like to thank all of their customers for their continued loyalty over the past thirty years and look forward to many more years of meeting new customers and getting closer to old ones.
Awards and Recognitions
Voted #1 for Best Italian Food in Ottawa by CTV viewers
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Winner of Consumers Choice Award for Six years in a row (2006-2011)
A finalist at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce nomination for "Small Business of the Year" for 2010 and 2011
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About the Name
Giovanni Cabotto (1450-1499) known as John Cabot in English, was a great Italian navigator and explorer who is popularly credited as the modern discoverer of Canada, or at least the region that would become that nation.
Like Columbus and others of his time, Cabot believed that Asia could be reached by sailing westward. Up until then, the only known way to get to Asia was by going east. They were anxious to find an easier and quicker way to bring back goods from Asia to trade in Europe. He made his first voyage to North America (which he thought was Asia) in 1497. He sailed northwest, through the stormy Atlantic Ocean, and eventually came to North America. He sailed along the coast, past Labrador, Newfoundland, and New England. He claimed the land he found for England. In 1498, Cabot wanted to return to find "Japan”, so he organized another expedition. No one knows for certain what happened to this expedition, but it may have sailed from Greenland southward towards Chesapeake Bay in North America. It was Cabot's last trip he and his crew were lost at sea.
History & Architectural Significance
It is a distinctive landmark with its steeped gabled roof and gingerbread trim which are characteristic of its Gothic Revival style. It is a two and one-half storey building with the front entrance off-centre and set back. The entrance consists of a wooden door with a nine-pane window complemented by side lights. The placement of the windows on the front facade also gives the building a unique character with its staggered arrangement; a three vertical pane window on the first storey, then a two vertical pane window on the second storey and finally, a single vertical pane window on the third storey. This window design adds to the verticality created by the steeply pitched roof.
The added floodlights which shine up into the gables at night highlight its Gothic architecture, making it almost appear like a castle in the night.
Built in 1868, as a tavern, which was the 19th century version of a modern day motel or tourist home. The thriving business supplied the needs of travelers who passed by horse on their way to and from points further west. In 1871, with the coming of the Central Canada Railway, now CPR, the traffic was reduced to that of a very local nature. The tavern was closed shortly thereafter. It soon became a base for construction projects such as the railways and the cutting and hauling of wood for wood-burning locomotives. In 1910, it was sold to a young physician from Carp who set about creating a country estate named ‘Burlingame Farm’. However within a year it was sold again. In 1919, the farm became one of those shipping milk along with raising cattle, the chief source of income. In 1926, hydro power made its first appearance on the farm, presenting things quite literally ‘in a new light’ and opening the way for the modern conveniences that are now commonplace. In 1978, with the opening of Café Luigi’s the building was reverted back to its original use over a century ago when it was known as Kemp’s Tavern. In 1982, the building was sold and ‘The Chequers’ restaurant was opened. In 1985, the building was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. In 1998, the owners changed the name of the restaurant back to the buildings original name Kemp’s Steakhouse. In May 2003, Vincenzo Pucci bought ‘Kemp’s Tavern’ and began a new chapter in the buildings history by moving his long established ‘Cabotto’s Restaurant’ to the building.