Eating & Drinking

Farinella serves up classic gelato and pizza

Just in time for prime gelato season, Farinella Pizzeria and Gelateria has opened up shop in Little Italy. The brainchild of siblings Cesare and Nina Agostini, Farinella was born after the two spent the last few years in Italy absorbing the food culture and honing their skills.

We’re just happy they’re back in Ottawa and celebrating the classics — on the gelato front, flavours like hazelnut, pistachio, and fior di latte make the cut, while pizzas in combos such as sausage and artichoke, potato, and margarita are sold by weight.

Want some inside tips? Ask about Farinella’s Smart Pizzaiolo Masterclasses, hosted periodically by Cesare. Sponsored by Breville (which manufactures the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo), the classes are aimed at ensuring participants come out with pizza-making cred, developing the skills and learning recipes that will impress family and friends.

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Find it: 492 Rochester St.

Hot Tip: Farinella has already been discovered by the inhabitants of those nearby government offices, who swarm the place at lunch hour. To avoid lunch lineups, staff suggest stopping in at 11:30 a.m., when they open, or 1 p.m.

Hot Tip #2: Check the forecast. Farinella has a few spots inside, but most of the seating is in the front. With that in mind, a visit on a sunny day means you can hang outside or enjoy your gelato along with a stroll over to Dows Lake.   

Hot Tip #3: Because you can never have too much gelato or ice cream… How about doing a little bit of comparative tasting, just for fun? Somerset Mexican Ice Cream trailer is opening up shop on June 18 in the parking lot of the Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St. W.), just a 15-minute walk away. Arguing the merits of traditional Mexican ice cream and traditional Italian gelato seems like a win-win.