96 Preston Street, Ottawa – Website
Date of Visit: January, 2016
I ended up eating at Pubwell’s after an Italian restaurant I’d chosen for lunch turned out to be closed. Instead, I ended up sampling a couple of beers I’d never had before and still managed to eat Italian…
Pubwell’s seats about 60 patrons, and though it is quite small it managed to not be cramped. It is done in brick and light wood paneling and it also has a real fireplace set into one wall that was lit when I stopped by. It added to the warm and rather cozy atmosphere of the place. The bartender also doubled as waitress and, though the place got quite full towards the end of my visit, she was always on hand to refresh my glass and take my order.
The menu is not especially interesting, running to burgers, wraps, four entrees and a few pub munchies like wings and nachos, but, unsurprisingly, since the place sits in Little Italy, there is an impressive selection of Pizzas. Some of these are quite inventive, with interesting names, and I was especially interested in two of them, which both included Pubwell’s House Pickled Eggplant as a topping.
10 inch Ragazza Pizza – This item included Italian sausage, basil pesto, chopped spinach, onion, and the aforementioned pickled eggplant. The pesto is apparently made from scratch each day and I though it went very nicely along with the spinach. The crust was thin, and I prefer a thicker one, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment and I really liked the eggplant even though it was not quite as tangy as I expected. The mozzarella was a good stretchy variety and the sausage was spicy hot without the fennel/anise flavor that one often gets in Italian sausage. I thought this pretty decent and gave it a 4 out 5.
Pubwell’s is a nice neighborhood sort of bar with plain but reasonable priced food and a pleasant atmosphere. Rating 4 out of 5.