Octavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen
Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen
We were shopping for something or other in Oak Bay, I think we had been into the nursery to look for perennial primroses, and decided to come up to Octavio’s to get some lunch. We have been past here a couple of times but for various reasons it had been closed, Christmas holidays etc. But it has a great reputation and so we wanted to try it. Octavoi’s is a bakery, deli and cafe all rolled into one, which is easy when you consider what is required to run a cafe: you need breads, cheeses, great meats and other delicacies. Well, here, they’re all in the same place. Not that they serve only items from the deli in the cafe. On the contrary. They make their own specials every day. However, these always include a creative selection of panini, salads, soups & mixed plates created from their wide selection of artisan cheeses & charcuterie in the delicatessen.
I had the Bosco Panini which included mushrooms, zucchini and smoked mozzarella. Fernando had the pasta Special which had cheese, tomatoes, basil pesto, artichokes, olives and a salad. Lunch was under $20, but we didn’t have anything to drink.
The deli has an incredible selection for Quebec cheeses, and of course cheeses from many other places. And many really speciality items like French lavender flowers, George Watkins pickled walnuts (England), red onion marmalade (Victoria) and preserved lemons and harissa (Morocco). While Fernando and I were in Sevilla in January, we had an opportunity to try, once again, carne de membrillo (quince meat) which his aunt makes from her own quinces. It is a kind of jam, very red and rich and thick. It is so delicious. We wanted to buy some to bring home for friends, but couldn’t find any in the shops. I finally found some in the duty free shop at the airport. Imagine our surprise though when we found it here at Ottavio’s. It is from Portugal, but better there than none at all.
They make their own Italian ice cream from local organic milk as well. And don’t miss the couple of Vespas, one full size and the other a model.
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