I know a few people who swear by their wraps and have even heard someone say that the pizza is better than that of Colonnade and KS on the Keys. I’ll let you decide for yourself, but pictured above is their Ricardo’s Special. The crust is not too thick (not as doughy as deep-dish) but not thin either; it’s made in house, super tender with the right amount of crispness and seasoning. The toppings are very generous and if you order the garlic sauce you will not be disappointed…. I can’t really eat pizza without garlic sauce, so this is a must for me 😉
Their wrap choices are also pretty noteworthy. And I’m not a huge wrap fan as I usually find them mundane and overall, disappointing (i.e. flour tortilla with not enough filling and too much dressing). Here though, they use the same dough as their pizza crust, stuff the wrap full of things like chicken and bacon, and use really flavourful dressing(s). Check out the website as they also make other dishes (e.g. lasagna, burgers, veal). While I can’t attest to the quality of those, I’d be interested in trying them based on my experience so far.
Summary: Appearances can be deceiving. This place looks like a front for something not so legit, and the “mascot” is a green pepper with creepy onion eyes; but don’t be to quick to judge, the food is pretty damn good. I’m only sad we didn’t discover this gem earlier. To top it off, the staff is super friendly and seem downright pleased to be there. If you like pizza, and you live in Ottawa, Ricardo’s is a must try. Just don’t expect a sit-down meal (pick-up only).