Really good sandwiches make ME happy. Just look at me! Pure joy.
Want to eat a really good sandwich, and be happy like me??? Of course you do!!!
Then you should check out La Bottega, an Italian fine foods and deli shop, located in Ottawa's Byward Market.
La Bottega has a special place in my heart. It was the first restaurant I "discovered" when I moved to Ottawa for
Although I didn't exactly "discover" it - the shop is a local favourite and is almost always busy. Prepare to wait in line at lunch time or on the weekends... but trust me, it will be worth it.
I could spend hours roaming up and down the aisles, checking out all of the goodies. Filled with fresh pastas, breads, Italian desserts, specialty olive oils....
And CHEESE!! Did I mention cheese?? Check out this big boy.
There's also a fantastic antipasto bar. Chock-full of a variety of olives, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes... om nom nom.
But the real reason we're here, is for a tasty sandwich of happiness. For that, you'll want to head on down to the back of the shop, and make your way to the deli counter. For just under $6, you can choose whatever bread, meat, cheese & toppings you like, to create your very own
Here's mine. I went with turkey and salami, mozzarella and ALL the fixin's. It was so heavy, I could barely hold it with one hand.
For dessert, we grabbed some chocolate chip biscotti on the way out. I'm not normally a huge fan of biscotti, too dry. But this was delizioso! (inserting my limited Italian vocabulary where I can). I've never had biscotti so good. It was soft and moist, with the perfect amount of chocolate.
It was a gorgeous, sun-shiny day in Ottawa, so we headed across the street and grabbed an outdoor table in the Market.
There really is no "elegant" way to eat a sandwich. You just have to dive right in.
Can't be afraid to get a little messy.
Just don't forget to grab some napkins.