In this weekly feature, Apt613 asks blog contributors and local figures about their takeout habits and highlights—to help you find new tasty treats to discover or revisit when you’re just OVER IT with making dinner. We want to hear about the takeout you loved! Leave comments below and if you’d like to contribute to a future edition of Takeout Talk, email <email@example.com>.
Highlights this week
- Beneci Pizza (1105 Cobden Rd)
- Bello e Buono Caffé Italiano (777 Gladstone Ave)
- Baccanalle (595 Montreal Rd)
Name: Bruce Burwell
Day job: Itinerant Iconoclast
Lives in: Queensway Terrace North
What’s the first question you ask when you move to a new neighbourhood? Well for me it’s “Where do I get a really great pizza around here?” Recently I saw some new neighbours asking this same question in the local Facebook group. I didn’t recognize the name of the place that a lot of people were recommending, so I had to check it out. Beneci Pizza has a couple of locations in Ottawa and I went to the one just off Iris, between Woodroffe and Greenbank. This is not your Millennial style of pizza. There are no toppings of avocado, lardons or wild boar here. You can’t buy it by the metre. It doesn’t come out of a vending machine. It’s straight-ahead round, gooey, cheesy pizza. The kind that tastes great cold the next morning. It’s a tiny place with very friendly people and fast service. We had the Da Vinci pizza that features pesto, onions, Italian sausage and banana peppers. We’ll definitely be going back for more.
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Lives in: The Glebe
Day job: Energy trader
Blogs at: http://ottawa.eatthistown.ca
Ottawa likes its deli-style sandwiches, and Bello e Buono Caffè Italiano has your back from their shop on Gladstone in Centretown West. They narrowed down their menu during the pandemic, and every week they have a few options each of sandwiches, salads and pastas. Their Panino Combo is a clutch weekday lunch – $15.95 gets you your choice of panino, mista or Caesar salad, a drink, and most importantly: a mini cannoli! Both the value and quality are great, and this isn’t a lunch that will have you hungry in an hour, nor put you down for a nap. The Agropoli (soppressata, capicollo, provolone, tomato, arugula, eggplant) is always a good choice!
Name: Livia Belcea
Day job: Marketing and Communications Professional
Lives in: Vanier
I discovered Baccanalle when looking for local vegan takeout options in my neighbourhood and it has quickly become a personal favourite. With a full Caribbean and soul food menu, Baccanalle offers far more than just vegan options, accommodates most dietary restrictions, and you can pick up ready-to-eat and stock-the-freezer meals, picnic kits, and artisan foods along with your dinner. I ordered the Beechwood Vegan Fiesta Salad with a side of kettle chips, the vegan patties as an appetizer, and finished with a vegan piña colada carrot cake. The salad was deliciously fresh and the kettle chips satisfied a lingering craving, but it was the carrot cake that took the top prize with its light, moist, and perfectly sweet consistency. Ordering from Baccanalle involves a bit of planning as they are closed Sunday through Tuesday and their opening hours are limited, but the quality of their dishes, the sustainable takeout packaging, and their fair prices will have you looking forward to making them part of your weekend plans.