Funky little Italian restaurant livening up Kanata's west end (Stittsville). Located in a new strip mall on Hazeldean Road. Very popular with the locals!

Tiramisu at Poco Pazzo
Foods from Poco Pazzo

2008 Sep 8
We visited this new Italian restaurant in Stittsville that will certainly give other Italian eateries in the West End some fine competition. This chic little spot is in the new Jackson Trails Mall on Hazeldean Road (between Stittsville Main Street and Carp Road – across from where the Stittsville Flea Market resided for years). Although in a strip mall, the place has worked hard to create a hip décor with painted concrete floors, intense colour, dark woods and interesting lighting. The one drawback is the industrial ceiling, although painted out, does not do well in deadening sound, so the place is tad noisy.

We received a friendly welcome, and were promptly seated at our reserved table. Our server was professional, knowledgeable and friendly. “The Man” ordered a Cocktail and I a Virgin Caesar. They have a strong menu with a variety of Soups, Salads & Appys along with the familiar Italian choices of Pasta – Chicken – Veal and other Mains.

“The Man” ordered the Di Cesar, a Caesar Salad that looked amazing, all fresh ingredients, no short-cutting here. I had the Tricolore… the usual goodies – vine ripened tomatoes, sliced bocconcini, fresh basil, drizzled with EVOO and Balsamic. It was very good.

We placed our wine order from a nice compact but progressive list that included both Old World and New World selections. We chose “Misterio” an Oak Aged Malbec from the Mendoza Valley by Finca Flinchman. It was smooth, yet held up to the rich sauces of our main dishes.

For mains “The Man” had the Vitello Marscala (his Italian “yardstick” dish… as in “will this place measure up?”), the veal scaloppini came with mushrooms sautéed in a marsala wine demi glaze… he was very impressed and said it was fantastic! I ordered the Pollo Principessa, a boneless chicken breast topped with asparagus, ham and fontina cheese, baked and finished in a creamy mushroom peppercorn sauce. Both our mains came with roasted potatoes (yummy) and seasonable veggies. We agreed that both our meals were delicious!

All thru dinner the service was prompt and professional, wine was served correctly, and glasses were filled as needed. Water was topped up often. Extra bread was offered.

Dessert was something that was difficult to avoid, in addition to the usual Italian fare there were a couple of creative options. In the end, we shared a Cannoli, made in the traditional manner of a shell stuffed with sweet ricotta and chocolate beans. Decadent! Washed it down with a Cappuccino (which came with a cute teeny tiny almond biscotti cookie).

Overall we had a wonderful experience, and are anxious to go back again. Although there are by my count 3 other Italian Restaurants in the neighbourhood, it looks like Poco Pazzo has pulled out all the stops, and intends to compete head-on.

2008 Mar 22
Came for a birthday at the end of Feb--party of 6. Had tried 3X previously to get a reservation here-it is very popular with the locals-lots of families. Got the last reservation available for a Sun. night dinner at 5. (booked late Sat. aft.) Nice selection of wines available by the glass & bottle and priced very reasonably. App's and salads were good-antipasto mixed platter and the calamari were polished off. Pasta tended to the rich side and a tad salty, no shortage of cream, but all were cooked al dente and seasonings were subtle yet flavourful. BH's veal marsala was very good. Servings aren't huge but that works for me. The only thing not up to high standards was the gnocchi-not tender-tho' I'm no expert all agreed my homemade is better. Service was excellent, decor and atmosphere great. With 2 bottles of wine (it was a party!), 3 apps, 6 entrees, coffee and liquers (no dessert), about $180 before tip.

...there is no pizza here-one in our party was hoping for it.

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2013 Oct 11
Returned for lunch today, three years after my last visit. The tiramisu has totally changed! It is now served in a cocktail glass with a strangely long handled spoon. It wasn't bad, but nothing like the perfectly balanced rendition I enjoyed previously.

The rest of the meal was unremarkable. Except for the latte, which was remarkably watery and sad.

2010 Aug 10
Probably the tastiest Tiramisu I've ever had the pleasure of eating. It's done in the layer cake style (as opposed to the messy free-form "in a bowl" style) and is served as a perfectly cut square on a rectangular plate drizzled with chocolate sauce. The balance of flavours was spot on! The quality reminded us of the spectacular French Chocolate Mousse Cake from Three Tarts.