Our Story

Our Zacconi roots have always been in food and family. Our story began with Joe and Gina, and a community grocery store.

See how we have evolved over the decades.

Mid 1960s
Santo and Concetta (Tony’s grandparents) owned and operated a community grocery store on Bell Street.
Late 1970s
Joe opened Caffé Italia on Preston Street.
Joe and Gina added a restaurant called “Trattoria” to the Caffe
Sala San Marco first opened its door under the ownership of Tony’s parents, Joe and Gina.

Tony Zacconi began as a busboy in 1987 when Sala San Marco first opened.
Tony worked his way up the "front-of-the-house" ladder working as a waiter, captain, and maitre’d developing a breadth of knowledge in classic table service, wines, cognacs, and sales.
Tony set out on his own and opened La Vecchia Trattoria on Preston, which quickly became one of Ottawa’s favourite Italian restaurants.
Tony purchased Sala San Marco from his parents. He has continued the Sala San Marco vision of providing the highest standard of food and service, while modernizing the brand and concept.
Sala San Marco was recognized twice by Ottawa Wedding awards as ‘best venue’ for events.
Tony launches Mercato Zacconi, an Italian lifestyle market featuring fresh food, beverages, home goods as well as unique events hosted in the piazza. A Private Label of premium products curated by Tony is also now available.


They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. And our kitchen is the heart of the community. Join us in a celebration of food, freshness, and friends. Curated with care. Founded in family.

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Our roots have always been in food and family. Our recipe for success includes community, connections and caring. Our Zacconi story began with Joe and Gina, and a community grocery store. This next chapter brings us full circle back to our roots. The Mercato Zacconi concept celebrates a passion for all things Italian – food, drink, friends, home - and brings them all together in our own market piazza, our gathering place.
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With roots in Little Italy, Tony has always been active in the community. He has served as the Vice Chair of the Preston Street BIA, and as VP of the Canadian Italian Business Persons Association (CIBPA), Ottawa Chapter.

Tony is proud to support the local Ottawa Soccer Club, and sponsors a number of charitable fundraising galas including the Mental Health Gala and the Kidney Foundation Italian Night.

Join the Zacconi Famiglia

As our vision grows, our business grows. We believe in treating our team just like family.

Join us in becoming part of an authentic Italian market experience, in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy.