In otttawa for the weekend and after an excellent meal at Bocado last night, tonight we were geographically constrained to try something near Dow's Lake. Noting that this was near the Corso Italia, and having read a few things about La Pergola, we gave it a shot.
My wife opted for the buffet at $12.95. Though it was not superb Italian, she was quick to point out that this was a family style restaurant. Through that lens we both had to concur that for the price the hearty nature of the food was a terrific bargain, especially with the inclusion of a pasta bar.
I, however, opted for a pizza and ordered a small "La Filippa": cured ham, capers, anchovies, olives and artichoke hearts. With the single complaint that the olives seemed to be the standard sliced variety out of a can, this pizza was a thing of beauty! A thick homemade bread like crust, that overflowed the 12" plate it was served on, it was everything a pizza should be. If they had used good oil-cured italian olives I wouldn't have had a single complaint.
We washed everything down with a bottle of Masi, though there was very reasonably priced homemade wine available by the glass or litre. The total came to about $75 with tax and tip.
Coming from Toronto, with it's own Little Italy, I only wish that there were places like La Pergola there and the folks on College street were less interested in the trendy martini crowd! Our Little Italy could do with more home-style family places like this.