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 We are pleased to announce that as of May 2014 Allegro is now under new ownership with the return of Allegro's original Chef! 


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Allegro had been a staple in Ottawa's Little Italy for over 20 years. Whether you are in the mood for traditional Italian or new age inspired dishes, let the flavours of Italy explode your taste buds! Feel like pasta? Our homemade Gnocchi is sure to make your mouth water tossed in a rosé sauce. In the mood for seafood? Why not try our scallop martini... fresh scallops marinated in a vodka lime juice, grilled to perfection and served over a bed of red peppers in a martini glass. Whatever you're in the mood for our Chef can create it!

Planning a Party or Special Event? Our private dining room boasts the best spot for that meeting, event, or party that you are looking to host. We have an upper level private room that can seat up to 45 people. Board meetings, Pharmaceutical presentations, bridal showers, christenings, bachelor or bachelorette dinners, rehearsal dinners etc. Whatever the function is.... our private room will be suitable for you! Great food, great wine, great service and great friends!

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Toni and Angela Imerti - “My husband’s family owned the restaurant about 30 years ago. It was sold two or three times. The last owner closed the doors. When my ...husband found out he wanted to re-open it. It was close to his heart and he wanted to bring back the original Allegro. We got one of the original chefs back and re-opened. My husband grew up here, we were engaged here. There’s a lot of personal stories in here.” - Angela

“Whatever we do we do with our hearts. A lot of our customers have gotten engaged here, they’ve had an anniversary here. The first month I opened we had a wedding upstairs.”
Angela: “Over the course of Allegro being open there’s been about five different menus. We went through all of them and grabbed the most popular items and added a flair of our own.” - Toni

“We’re a fine dining Italian restaurant. We’re not nouveau cuisine. It’s simple. You’re going to get calamari, linguini, veal parmigiana. We do it simple but we do it well.” - Toni

“When people think of Italian food they think of Preston Street. I wouldn’t say we’re in competition with each other. We’re all friends, so we send each other business. Each restaurant has its own flair.” - Angela

“I always try to keep it on the street. Keep the customers coming back to Preston.” - Toni

For fine dining Italian style, make sure to stop by Allegro Ristorante.


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