Food, Culture and History
One last bakery/deli in Victoria. My sister lives near Oak Bay Village, and I always make my way along the Bowker Creek path to spend a half day visiting the stores in Oak Bay Village.
The Village's Tudor-style architecture is a humorous reminder of Victoria’s strong British roots, and you can still enjoy a British-style tea at the Blethering Place Tea Room.
But there are other cultural strands weaving their way through Oak Bay Village, and one of the most tasty can be found at Ottavio Italian Bakery and Delicatessen.
Ottavio is a third-generation family business owned by Monica Pozzolo and Andrew Moyer. Monica’s grandparents owned a pasticceria, bar & gelateria in Torino, Italy for over 40 years, while her family has operated The Italian Bakery on Quadra Street in Victoria since 1978.
Ottavio has a wonderful display of cookies and baked goods from The Italian Bakery – cannoli and cornetti, baci di dama and brutti ma buoni, amaretti, fossette, and moretti.
While you’re in Oak Bay, be sure to visit the bookstores, jewellery and home design stores. And The Village Patisserie has good take-out salads, pizzas and other baked goods.