Hostaria Savonarola: Delicios local food
This is my favorite restaurant in Ferrrara, I come back every time I am in town.
It is centrally located and easy to find. It is nicely decorated with antique and with delicious hanging salumi.
It is well known among the local so if you go during the weekend it is better to book in advance as it tend to get full.
Favorite Dish: Cold cuts are great in this area and I really recommend to anybody. Unfortunately I cannot eat them and so I found that their picked onion marinated in balsamic vinegar are excellent!
My favorite dish is Tortelloni alla zucca, kind of big ravioli with a pumpkin filling. They are the local specialty and home made at the hostaria Savonarola. They are served as they say "drowned in butter and soaked in parmigiano" ;) and It is the best way to do them!
We also tried meat dishes and they are always good and well prepared.
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Hostaria Savonarola: Regional Cuisine A Specialty
Located adjacent to the piazza named after Girolamo Savonarola, this restaurant is my top pick of Ferrara restaurants. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed with our choices, which feature cuisine noted from the Ferrara area.
If you are looking for spaghetti and meatballs, forget it, don't even ask. You will be getting food that comes from the history of Ferrara, once a city led by a Duke whose tastes were well known. He once held a banquet that lasted 3 whole days.
So you can expect real Italian food, and a bit of history.
Seating not crowded between tables
Decor has antiques and photos
Priced about the average of Italian Restaurants
Favorite Dish: Pasta with what Americans would call pumpkin inside. But do not expect pumpkin pie, but a rich, taste of heaven, not sweet.
L'Archetto: Fish Place with great pasta, too
We found this ristorante Pizzeria while driving from Bologan, it lies on the east side of the main road. The ristorante is known for its seafood, but while we were looking at the menu we saw lots of great dishes go by, and on this day, a Sunday, the locals were really digging in which told us that we were in the right place.
Owned by a local family, they also have a diniing area big enough to support weddings and parties.
We found everything to be clean, the service was prompt and the food was excellent.
Do not expect extravagant decorations, they concentrate on food quality.
Favorite Dish: I was hoping to get a good quality tortellini in a red sauce. This dish was very good.
The fried fish was exceptionally cooked and made from fresh fish, not frozen. Lots of people were ordering fried potatoes as a side dish, I did not try them. They were cooked to golden brown, not burned or uncooked looking.
The bathrooms were clean.
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Trattoria Fernanda: In the countryside
If u have a car u can feel the homemade dishes of this simply but family run restaurant.
It doesen't look so nice, the dining room look like 20 years ago but the tastes are true!
Favorite Dish: Cappellacci di Zucca
Salamina da Sugo con Purè di patate
Slurp Da Mary E Giò: Slurp - in word and deed
"Slurp" is a cozy pizzeria in the very centre of Ferrara, at the beginning of via Garibaldi, just before entering the City Hall Square.
They prepare a wide range of pizzas, but also some kinds of pasta and cakes.
They make pizza with different basic ingredients, including kamut wheat, which I still haven't tasted, because they are more expensive.
You see the menu here.
Prices are averagely low, compared to other pizzerias in the same street, and the owners are nice people.
Ca'd'Frara: Understated Elegance - Local Cuisine
We had just arrived in Ferrara and were as yet unfamiliar with it. It was a Saturday night and the Bar/Ristorante Arioste below our apartment was just a little too lively with young people for our taste that particular evening. We were looking for something a little more mellow yet still local in flavor.
As we strolled down Via Palestro towards the main piazza of the town, we crossed Corso della Giovecca and saw a sign on the walk pointing down Via del Gambero - the sign said typical food. Just what we were looking for.
We stepped in and the ambience was (like most of Ferrara) understated elegance; quite contemporary yet classic. I must admit we got a couple of looks from other patrons because it is probably unusual to find tourists there on a Saturday evening. There was an English menu but the staff did not speak much English at all ( as I said in another post, thankfully, the tourists have not overrun Ferrara yet). So I would suggest bringing a simple restaurant phrase book, because the best dishes are on the local Italian menu. The staff was very helpful (especially if you try even a little bit of Italian).
I had the duck which was amazing and my husband had the beef steak; both were superb.
Favorite Dish: My duck was incredible.
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Meeting Bar: Have breakfast and lunch
This bar offers not only brioches, coffee, cappuccino, milk or anything else you may wish to have at breakfast, but also good dishes for lunch.
Breakfast costs more or less as much as elsewhere in Italy, while the price of the dishes offered for lunch is a bit higher than in Trieste, for example. This may be due to the central location which attracts tourists.
There is quite a wide range of dishes:
- toasted sandwiches, 3 euro
- piadinas or sandwiches, 4 euro
- several kinds of pasta or risotto, 5 euro
- pumpkin tortelli with butter and sage; or with meat sauce; or with butter and nutmeg, 6 euro
Favorite Dish: The second photo shows some of the dishes they prepare for lunch (and for dinner too, if you wish). When I ate there in November 2007, I had Strigoli allo speck, piselli e panna (a kind of pasta with speck, peas and cream. They were very good and cost 5 euro.
Venchi: Good ice-cream
Venchi is a very ancient ice-cream parlour of Ferrara. It has existed since 1878 and is very famous for its chocolate, as the large poster at the entry says (see the second picture).
Ice-creams are rather expensive for me. One scoop costs 1.50 euro, two scoops 2.20 euro and three, I don't remember.
Favorite Dish: I had one scoop of yoghurt ice-cream. It was rather good.
L'Oca Giuliva: Elegance, design and tradition
I was there for an exhibition so, as I usually do when I travel in Italy, I've looked for a good restarant in my favourite Trattorias book and found out this one. This is very different from those usually described in such a book. The ambience is very elegant and modern, everything white, a lot of modern paintings and black&white photos.
Excellent service, the menu offers a lot of traditional Ferrarese dishes along with modern cuisine; there is a complimentary champagne (an italian one) with a small pre-starter. I liked it very much but I found it a bit expensive. Well, everything is deserved for quality and service but I expected something different.
Do not miss the ferrarese bread and the moka coffe, both outstanding as well.
Closes always on Mon. and on Tue. at midday
Favorite Dish: Pasticcio di maccheroni alla ferrarese
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Pasticcio di Maccheroni
This is not a restaurant, but a wonderfull dishes u have to taste in the local restaurant.
Pasticcio di maccheroni is Ferrara's most typical first course, a real speciality, at once sweet and salty.
It's a first course but it's really a complete meal dishes
It is elaborate to prepare and when ready to bring to the table should have its distinctive priest's hat shape.
the tradition want to be eated the Mardì Gras of Carnival, but now u cna find it in little shape in the best patisserie too.
The true pasticcio is made with sweet 'pasta frolla', like a short bread dough, filled with a special meat ragù, with mushroom and bechamel...cooked in owen....u can fell the little melange of sweet and salted.
Trattoria La Romantica: Special dishes
This is a special restaurant that make the mixture between the Ferrara cooking traditions and some new taste.
The cooker don't loose the tradition of the local kitchen, in fact the pasta is fresh hand made every day, like dessert and more.
Favorite Dish: you can choose between two type of menu:
Earth menu - traditional pasta and meat dishes
Sea menu - everithing made with local fishes and seafood
Trattoria I Tri scalin: Traditional Ferrara dishes
This is the traditional trattoria where the local people go on sunday to eat with the family or during the day to have a good home made lunch before restart to work.
Here u can find the true local dishes!
Favorite Dish: Cappellacci di zucca ( pasta filled with Pumpkins)
Cappelletti ( simila to tortellini Bolognesi)
Salamina da sugo ( special boild sausage)
Pampepato ( local chocolate bisquit)
Restorante Cinise ASIA: Fresh and tasty
From first appearances, Ma and I felt assured of quality food. You can often tell, but not always of course. The exterior was bright tones of red and gold, and the interior was much the same motif.
Service was quick, efficient and friendly. Everything was fresh, and a delight to receive. Portions were a bit small, but we had ordered enough to offset this initially so it didn't prove to be a problem.
Washrooms were immaculate, I repeat 'immaculate', a wonderful plus in Italy, complete with a raised commode and real seats.
Favorite Dish: Everything we ordered was a seafood dish of some sort. We ordered an assortment, and simply shared. Each dish was very fresh tasting, and the shrimp, although not large, were succulent and plump. No fishy flavour at all. Even the lemons served with the Lemon Shrimp were edible, and were eaten.
Antipasta's...Involtini primavera (3 euro), Tortellini fritta (1 euro), Nuvole di drago (1.20 euro), Toast di gamberi (2.20 euro)
Spaghetti saltati con verdura (2.50 euro), Gamberetti alla piastra (5 euro), Gamberetti in salsa di limone (4.50 euro)
...plus a bottle of water and chinese tea, total price, including coperto (22.30 euro). Overall, not too bad. Chinese food in Italy is considerably more expensive than in Canada, but is slowly catching on among Italian patrons. Rathy tricky determining what dishes are what however, as the restaurants adapt Italian names for many items. For instance, they call noodles, spaghetti.
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McDonalds: Golden Arches hidden under the stone arches
McDonalds is McDonalds. However, expect a pastier burger than you might find in North America. The texture is different here, even with the fresh ground burger you find at the butcher shops(??). Cheddar cheese in Italy is almost non-existant so a funny colour cheese spread is used, ketchup (called Mato Mato, 'ma tomato, get it?) is tangier (not Heinz), and they use a 'LOT' of condiments on their burgers, in fact it is applied in copious amounts to sandwiches in bars everywhere, just as a general rule. The condiment is considered an integral part of food, not used as a flavour additive. Mayo is the favoured condiment, often seen as rosettes on salads.
Italians don't do burgers well. They aren't a part of their culture. Lettuce is often hot from the warmer, so I ask for no sauce, no lettuce, and I always get a freshly made burger.
Ordering is easy, just look at the pictures on the wall, and order by number. If you want the regular sized meal deal, just say 'normale', or 'grande' if you intend to supersize your meal, plus your gut. The clerks hear the same orders over and over, so don't feel intimidated. After all, this is McDonalds, your home away from home.
McD's does not offer an Egg McMuffin. You could ask for toast, which is much like a grilled ham/cheese sandwich, cheap, filling, but often dry and tasteless.
Italian french fries are exceptionally good. Must be the oil...
Coffee is espresso, thimble sized, so don't spill it when laughing as you receive your coffee to go.
Favorite Dish: I don't have a favourite food from McD's. I consider it cheap fuel for my body, nothing more.
HOWEVER, a real bonus...
...Washrooms are free, just ask your server or the security guard for a token. Note the tokens are slotted and must be deposited in the coin box so the slots line up. A buzzer sounds, alerting you, 'and' all the other patrons, that the lock is now disengaged. Washrooms are generally unisex, and floors often sticky. Toilets usually have seats. Check to ensure the roll of paper is not soaked before proceeding. When you are ready to leave, use your elbow to depress buzzer which unlocks washroom door. Ignor the interested looks you get as you exit. Most new European visitors are wondering how you got in there in the first place, since they couldn't get their coin to work. Simply smile, but don't be condecending.
***A free tip to fellow VTer's, ask for tokens separately if you visit with others, and tuck a spare coin away for a future 'unauthorized' visit. Consider it an insurance policy.
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Hosteria Savonarola: Trendy, but the food is remarkably good.
If you may survive the trendy environment and remember that your objective is eating good local food... weklll, that's a place where you may find a suitable compromise. The food is all local, with no strange inventions and well prepared, recipes are the traditional ones and well cooked, accompanied by a nivce choice of wines.
Favorite Dish: Brodetto di anguilla. Salama da sugo: the "queen" of Ferrara local recipes. A superb mixture of clever use of local resources and tasty result. The "salama da sugo" is a kind of salami with red wine and spices, that is served ater long boiling that must be made in a smart way in order to prevent damages to the ball of salami. The taste is very strong and it is used with potato mash. An excellent fruit of human brain.
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