North and Navy Inspired by Northeast Italian Traditions
North and Navy, the restaurant co-owned by Christopher Schlesak and chef Adam Vettorel opened on Nepean Street in downtown Ottawa in February 2015. The menu is inspired by Northeast Italian traditions and shaped by locally produced and seasonal ingredients.
Vettorel formerly worked with the Valente brothers at Fratelli and under owner-chef Steve Wall at Supply and Demand. He seems to have gained the experience necessary to successfully take the next big step into his first foray as owner-chef. North and Navy has been nominated for enRoute's list of Canada's Best New Restaurants of 2015.
The dinner menu consists of six small appetizers ($2-5 each), an assortment of small pastas and salads ($8-12), six main courses ($24-28), and four desserts ($6-$10).
Small appetizers are an assortment of meat, cheese, fish, egg and bean topped bread that can general be devoured in three bites or less. For primi and antipasti, dishes like Tortelletti with Quebec Rabbit, Seared Eggplant & House Yoghurt, Fried Smelts, and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Cheese & Basil are among the offerings.
If you are into classics that are making a comeback on restaurant menus, try the Venetian Liver & Onions. Duck with Pumpkin & Brussel Sprouts feels festive and comforting. If you are out with a group of four, you might consider the Bistecca Fiorintina, a 46-ounce Porterhouse steak for $150.
If you have room left for dessert, choose from classic Tiramisu, Italian Biscuits & Coffee, a vanilla cream cheese-filled soft chocolate cookie sandwich called Giuseppe Luigi, or a Peach Tart.
The lunch menu while only divided into mains and sweets is a mish-mash of the anti-pasti, primi and secondi served in smaller portions at a reduced price. Items only featured at lunch include Peperonata with Poached Eggs, Housemade Sausage Black Kale & Mozzarella Panini and Minestrone Soup. Lunch mains go for $8 to $26.
North and Navy
226 Nepean St.
Lunch Monday – Friday 11 am to 2 pm;
Dinner Monday – Saturday 5 pm to 10 pm