As we first walked in, we were instantly impressed by the brasserie's elaborate, yet tasteful decor, high ceilings adorned with glass bubble lighting and statement art pieces throughout. The restaurant felt very trendy and chic, but welcoming at the same time. There was also an abundance of seating, with both regular and hightop butcher-block tables, booths and a large bar. We managed to snag a great spot at a booth near the back.
The moment we sat down, we were immediately drawn to a sign on the table promoting ‘4 & 7’. We quickly discovered that between 4:00pm and 7:00pm from Monday to Friday, all drinks are $4 and all small bites (sfizi) are $7. It was 6:58pm. We frantically called over the waiter to place an order before 7:00pm. Success! In less than 2 minutes, we were able to order some drinks and a few different appetizers to start. Our waiter was more than willing to get grant us the promotion and he even recommended that we double-fist! Looking back now, we differently should have triple- or quadruple-fisted!
In our mad ordering dash, we went with the Roasted Portobello Mushrooms (regular price $9), the Beet Salad (regular price $12) and the Semolina Fried Calamari (regular price $12). Considering the clock was ticking, we made some very good choices. The Mushrooms, which were stuffed with garlic, gorgonzola, sherry, vinegar and lemon zest, were tasty and flavourful, while the Beet Salad topped with grilled onions, goat cheese, candied walnuts and arugula, was a heavenly delight. The Calamari was equally delicious and was paired perfectly with smoked peperoncino mayo.
|Roasted Portobello Mushrooms|
|Semolina Fried Calamari|
|Orecchiette Salsiccia E Rapini|
|Prosciutto E Rucola Pizza|
We will definitely be returning to Industria again, but next time we will arrive well before 7:00pm to take advantage of the 4 & 7 promotion! Also, for you late eaters, they have another promotion called AFTER 10. Every night after 10 p.m., you can order any pizza and one beer for only $15! Now that's another great deal! Anyways, be sure to check it out...you won't be disappointed (just steer clear of the Cavatelli)!
Verdict: 8/10 – modern, delicious Italian cuisine
Hours: Sunday to Monday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight
Price: Small bites range from $6-$15, Main dishes range from $15-29, Pizza ranges from $12-$20
Industria Italian Brasserie, 225 Marche Way, Landsdowne, Ottawa, ON