Dine in/Take out


AO Pasta, opened June 2018, is a casual, family-friendly, counter service Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Stratford. We offer a simple and honest, Italian-inspired menu anchored by our pastas and made-to-order sauces. Our menu is complemented by seasonal dishes, salads, and our signature “Arancini”, deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella. 

AO Pasta is owned by Chef Kris Schlotzhauer, a Stratford native, and Pastry Chef Suzy Schlotzhauer, from Calgary, AB. The two met while working in together in Calgary, before moving across the country to Toronto where they worked in some of the city's best restaurants. They moved back to Stratford to raise their young family and follow their dreams of opening their own restaurant. AO Pasta, (named after their two kids, Axel and Olive) is that dream, and they can't wait to share it with their guests.  





Stratford Beacon Herald

Stratford Beacon Herald

“When Kris Schlotzhauer and wife Suzy opened a new restaurant in downtown Stratford near the city’s busiest intersection last week, their goal was to foster a casual, informal setting.

“Cheap and cheerful, that’s what we wanted to create,” Kris said as a group of four friends shared a hearty laugh a couple of tables away. “This is what we want, people loud and boisterous and having a good time.”…”



“I have been back in Stratford for two years now, and I thought long and hard about what kind of concept I wanted to do here. In the end, I found a gap in the market between the casual-fine-dining spots that dominate Stratford's restaurant scene and the quick-service restaurant.”…”

Waterloo Region Eats

Waterloo Region Eats

“It’s a first-come first-served seating system with no reservations, and there’s minimal staff. But it works. 

The small menu is packed with flavour. There are several starters including salad, bean soup and arancini, which are very good. Try out an antipasti too.”


38 Erie Street
Stratford, ON, N5A 2M4

phone: 519-305-3838

Before contacting us please note that we do not take reservations



Tuesday 4:30pm - 9pm
Wednesday 4:30pm - 9pm
Thursday 4:30pm - 9pm
Friday 4:30pm - 10pm
Saturday 4:30pm - 10pm


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