Our Story

The Nicastro Family in Ottawa

It all started in 1972 when the Nicastro brothers opened their first store on Gladstone Avenue in little Italy. This store at first catered to Italian immigrant families in the area, but soon grew in popularity and became Ottawa's favourite Italian grocer and supplier of quality Italian foods.

Five Generations of Fine Food

The Nicastro brothers eventually opened their next store on Merivale Road, to capture the growing Italian population in that area. Joe, Rocco and Frank Nicastro can still be found at Nicastro's on Merivale Road in Ottawa. Rocco Sr. (Below) still actively keeps an eye on the younger generation.

Introducing La Bottega - 1995

Having realized a need for an Italian store in the downtown Ottawa area Pat Nicastro (Joe's son) opened La Bottega Nicastro in the Byward Market. La Bottega (Italian for the shop or boutique) opened in May 1995.

A Day at La Bottega

La Bottega has become a local favourite. The store caters to gourmets and Italian nonnas from all over the city of Ottawa and beyond. Chefs from the city's finest restaurants and hotels can always be found shopping at La Bottega.

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer the very best in service, quality and of course, selection to the people of Ottawa. Gourmet treats for cooking, eating and entertaining. Our products range from artisan olive oils and balsamic vinegars, international cheese and deli meats to rustic premium pasta and sauces. Visit us for great deli sandwiches, espresso and cappuccino.

The Difference is Quality

With all the Italian food found in the market, you might wonder what makes ours at La BOTTEGA different. Honestly, we have a true passion for what we do. Each year we visit Italy and select products based on the profile we believe is best. We source from many producers that we know personally.  We have established an excellent supply network that brings the finest products to Ottawa. Taste the difference and remember always BUY ITALIAN FROM ITALIANS. You'll be amazed at how good real gourmet Italian food tastes!  With the best selection of deli meats and cheeses in the city, a visit to La Bottega is a must. “We don’t want to become a supermarket—we want to make a mark on this city.”

5th Generation Fine Food Merchant

Today, Pat Nicastro, Rocco Jr. Nicastro, Giovanni Adamo and staff guarantee to provide you with the same standards of excellence that their family has had since 1972. We continue to search for the best and newest food products from Italy and around the globe, so visit our store whenever you are in the Byward Market. Our passion for true gourmet Italian foods will keep you coming back.

BUON APPETITO!