Nicastro Fine Foods
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2007 Feb 2
Whole rabbits for $8. Not bad! But they do not have them all the time.

2007 Feb 1
The Merivale location is one of my favorite places to buy deli meat and cheese.

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2018 Jan 10
When I head out to Merivale for an all day shopping spree I often stop at Nicastro's for a midday meal. Their sandwiches are my favourite! They have a selection of buns near the sandwich counter so you can pick one then load up on fillings. Customers are given a choice of meats (you can pick up to three different meats), cheese and toppings. My favourite is prosciutto, provolone, spicy eggplant and hot peppers. They have now added chicken/veal parmigiana on a bun and meatballs on a bun. On a trip there last fall I asked for veal parmigiana on a bun however they were all out of veal so I had the chicken. I was given a generous portion of chicken and tomato sauce and my choice of cheese and toppings. I stuck with provolone cheese deciding that extra toppings would be too much for an already full sandwich. Everything was delicious although hard to manage since the sandwich was so well packed the superfluous chicken and tomato sauce squished out the end of the bun. That's just a small quibble though since their sandwiches are so good. On a trip to Merivale over the Christmas holidays I headed back to try the meatballs on a bun. The sandwich included two really big meatballs which they sliced then placed in the bun then topped with tomato sauce. I was also given a choice of cheese and toppings however I settled for some slices of provolone since the sandwich was already full. It was just as awesome as the chicken parmigiana I ordered on my last trip to Nicastro's. There are a couple of other restos on Merivale I would like to try but it will be a challenge to tear myself away from Nicastro's to try them...

2007 Sep 16
These sandwiches used to be $3 until Cheap Eats Ottawa ousted them! Anyhow it's a great sandwich that rivals that of another local Italian grocer. The paninis are smaller and softer than that of their competitors (which I prefer) and they certainly give a generous helping of your choice of deli meat (prosciutto or pastrami being my favs) Love that pickled eggplant!

2007 Apr 18
If I had a picture for every sandwich I've had over a lunch at Nicastro's, I'd have a lot of pictures. Assembled before your very eyes from a heap of delicious meats (your $4 sandwich will contain more than $4 of prosciutto, I swear), fresh cheese, and tasty condiments. I'm particularly fond of the marinated, chili-spiked eggplant that they offer.


2009 Jun 24
I love that you can get a sample if you ask . . . it's wonderful buying cheese from "people" rather than refrigerated bins.

2008 Jun 15
There's a semi-ripened goat cheese (like a tree trunk, with concentric circles of ripeness), covered with yellow plastic straws. It's my absolute favourite cheese. It was the first food I requested after my first child was born.

2007 Jan 9
The Merivale location has consistently good prices for parmegiano reggiano (watch for their specials), gorgonzola dolce, emmenthal and many other European cheeses.

2010 Mar 21
I was here the other day for the first time in a long time and picked up a bag of frozen Ravioli from "Ontario Ravioli Ltd". The ingredients were all real foods with no preservatives - and it is extremely yummy! A real hit with everyone except the boy who does not like pasta that much. But the boy who does just loves it. I do not recall price but I do recall it was pretty reasonable and not priced in the "specialty product" range (otherwise I probably would not have bought it)



2008 Sep 10
If you're looking for dried, spicy Spanish chorizo, don't buy it from behind the counter. Sift through the refridgerated bins around the deli. You can find a good one eventually.




2007 Mar 19
Great selection - also found a wonderful olive oil that is unfiltered and freshly bottled from Italy...and they can't stock it fast enough. Talk to staff and they can recommend type of oil to suit your foodie flavours.

2007 Feb 2

The Byward Market Location (at 64 on George Street) has a very good selection of olive oils from all over Italian regions (Lazio, Puglia, Sicilia, Calabria, Umbria, Toscana, and even the Alpine Lombardia). Many of these are low in acidity and light, since they're pressed at low temperatures: ideal choices for dressing any kind of bruschetta and fresh salads. To try also some Greek olive oils.


2007 Feb 2
Yeah, they do have sausage casings here. I have seen em.

2006 Dec 23
Typically pigs, although sometimes sheep (think haggis). Pig intestines are the classic sausage casing material. Of course they need to be very clean...

2006 Dec 22
From what animal?

P.S. Yikes!

2006 Dec 22
I'm told that Nicastro's is one of the places in Ottawa that sells these. Locating hard-to-find products is one of the main purposes of this site...

2017 Dec 23
I'm not Rizak but mine is 2.993 kilos and cost 16.96. That is pretty much the average weight. They don't grow to the size of turkeys. If you want one, don't wait too long as they do sell out.

2017 Dec 23
Rizak, how big was the bird?

2017 Dec 22
I have been buying Capons from them for years. Excellent value, the breast meat doesn't dry out and it gas a high ratio of meat to bone. I too dont understand why more people don't buy them. We picked ours up today as well.

2017 Dec 22
We picked up our capon yesterday for $15. It's a really amazing deal. I don't know why they aren't more popular.

They had fresh and freshly frozen. I wanted to store it for a couple of days before cooking, so got the frozen option. A nice idea.