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Lunch at Town | Capital Dining
Town's in my top ten. And for Modern Italian, pretty much at the top of the heap. Not that there's a ton of competition: Ottawa has no deficit of pizza joints or trad red-sauced restaurants (bruschetta/Alfredo/ piccata/tiramisu), but there aren't many places that offer seasonally inspired, ingredient driven, slow-cooked Italian dishes the likes of braised rabbit pappardelle, brick-roasted lemon chicken, or pork tonnato. I sometimes wish Town's menu weren't so unrelentingly rich, but I admire very much the well chosen ingredients, the delicacy in the structure of the dishes, the casual, boisterous feel of the place. I've been to Town many times for dinner, and it tends to gladden my heart, but had never been for lunch. It was time to fix that. The noon menu offers small plates and large plates, as it does in the evening, and some with evening prices attached, but its sandwiches are affordable, and generously served with greens and fat wedges of spiced-up, herbed-up, pecorino-dusted