Reggio Emilia Restaurants

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Most Recent Restaurants in Reggio Emilia

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    Piccola Piedigrotta: best pizza in town

    by PALLINA Written Aug 2, 2011

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    In Reggio you can find a lot of pizzerias called "Piedigrotta". They came all from the same owner, which settled in Reggio from Campania region and opened in Reggio his first pizzeria. After so many years, there were a lot of spin-off so you can find Piedigrotta, Piedigrotta 2, L'Altro Piedigrotta and so on. In my opinion, this is the best piedigrotta and nowadays (August 2011) the best pizzeria in town. First of all pizzas are great and there you can find also the traditional small pizza from Neapel (same quantity of flour but not so thin) which is definitely my favourite. Secondly, they have also some fantastic handcrafted (and local) bier. Moreover, the ambience is modern and accurate, in the summer you can enjoy the atmosphere of the cabble-stoned square and service is relatively quick. I have written "relatively" because it is usually very crowded (and can be also noisy!!!!). Desserts are also very lovely. Reservations reccomended but, unfortunately, they do not accept reservations during week end.

    Favorite Dish: Small vegeterian pizza

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    Chacarero: a bad food experience

    by PALLINA Written May 25, 2011

    This was one of my worst experience of restaurant in my town. A sort of Argentinian style. Unfortunately a friend of mine book there for 10 people but we arrived in 8. The owner complained about that. We asked to lower the air conditioning and he said no; we split the table into two (givin him the opportunity to have a table more) and he complained again. After that, some of us wanted to leave without ordering. And it would have been better. We ordered tapas: they were not baked by themselves but bought in a (cheap) supermarket, guacamole and so on were nothing special. That we have some grilled steak and some other meat and everything was very very well done (they did not asked). Grilled vegetables were, instead, very tasty. We asked for bread (actually in Italy you do not have to ask to have bread) and we had some toasted bread, good for breakfast perhaps! Sangria was also not prepared by themselves. We paid 17 Euros but for the quality of what we had, I would have preferred a good pizza (available for a better price here)!

    Favorite Dish: I had a fantastic Torta tres leches (3 milk cake); I did not like the rest.

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    Ristorante Bar Burani: the best "tortelli" in Reggio

    by PALLINA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Entering Burani Restaurant you get the impression to jump in the past for 15-20 years at least. The ambience is simple and clean but a bit old-fashioned but don't be afraid, the food will not disappoint you at all. You won't find a menu in English (I suppose) but everything you order is hand made accordingly with old receipts of Emilia Romagna, the best region for food in Italy, also known as Food Valley. "Tortelli" are their specialities but also meat dishes are special.

    IT IS very near to the motorway exit (A1 Milan-Neaples). You could simply exit (Reggio Emilia exit by Calatrava's bridges) to go for a lunch there. It is really worthing.

    Favorite Dish: Tortelli verdi e di zucca (spinach tortelli or pumpkin).
    Arrosto di coniglio (rabbit).

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    opened in 2009: Panacea

    by PALLINA Written Dec 29, 2009

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    Panacea opened in Autumn 2009 but has became popular in short times, thanks to a strategic location in the beautiful Piazza Fontanesi and to the quality of the food. You can choose the ground floor, the cellar and upstairs (I raccomend ground floor); ambience is rather modern and sophisticated but the cuisine is traditional and well prepared. Hightlights are Parma ham and other typical "salumi". Wine list is also very good.

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    Becco d'oca: great deli to take away

    by PALLINA Updated Dec 29, 2009

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    The Becco d'oca is basically a deli shop ; there is no manu because you can see what the chef has prepared. Everything is fresh (no frozen food), tasty and relatively light. Since it's on walking distance from the central station, you can decide to have a snack there rather than to the Mc Donald's of the central station.
    The owner has also a luxury seafood restaurant but it's located 20 km far from there.

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    Le 7 torri: Nice atmosphere in the city

    by Ina08 Written Sep 27, 2009

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    The restaurant gives the impression of a French bistro with it vaulted ceilings and large window front. It has a nice, cosy atmosphere, is not too cluttered tablewise and serves a mix of local and revised dishes.
    As the restaurant is within the area of the city with limited access by car, in summer they have an external area where to sit and dine.

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    La Spaghetteria: The local hotspot

    by Ina08 Updated Sep 27, 2009

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    The inner court yard in summer

    La Spaghetteria started out as a corner in a wall restaurant and has, over the past 10 years, developed into the local hotspot where you see and are seen.

    This had not impacted the quality of the dishes, which heavily focus on pasta with a few main dishes and a great selection of wines. The size of the portions is not exaggerated, some may complain, that there could be more on the dish.

    In summer the external court hosts the guests (no aircondition), in winter the yard is also used for smokers and provides heating. Inside the noise level can sometimes be disturbing, as there is background music and the Italian tendency to speak on top of the voice.

    The owner has made a policy of not taking reservations. If you want a seat either show up before 12.30 pm for lunch or 8 pm for dinner or wait for the second round at 2 and 10 pm.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is quite short, but very creative with a different approach to how to present pasta. High quality of meat and fish dishes which vary according to the season.

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    Trattoria Serena: Excellent Tortelli in Pineto

    by Ina08 Updated Sep 27, 2009

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    Trattoria Serena is a typical local, family owned restaurant. It is very much off the beaten path and you might even pass by without giving it a second look.
    It is in Pineto, which belongs to Ciano d'Enza and can only be reached by car. The atmosphere is that of an old, local restaurant, where grandparents, families and children go on Sundays to enjoy their meal together.

    Favorite Dish: All local delicacies are on the menu, which is not written but recited by the waiter/ess:
    Cappelletti in brodo - small tortellini in meat broth
    Tortelli verdi - pasta filled with spinach and cheese
    Tortelli alla zucca - a speciality in autum, with pumpkin and amaretto filling
    Tortelli di patate - pasta filled with potatoes

    Il carrello dei bolliti - a selection of boiled meats, generally used to make the meat broth for Cappelletti in brodo
    Arrosti misti - a selection of roast meats
    Contorni - your choice of side dishes

    Dessert:
    Zuppa inglese - a local dessert with cookies, vanilla and chocolate pudding and Alchermes, a red liquor, that gives the pudding its typical red colour.

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    Ristorante Canossa: The TRADITION in capital letters

    by PALLINA Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    The ambience is very simple and tidy; two brothers run this traditional place where I had lunch on Oct 16, 2007 for the first (but not last) time in my life (I live 800 meters far). Do not ask for minimal dishes but prefer what Reggio Emilia's coisuine can offer: tortelli for example, so genuine like people here used to be. They are basically egg pasta with filling inside (either spinach&parmesan or pumpkin). As 2° dish, you cannot miss the "carrello degli arrosti e dei bolliti", a real thriumph of emilian tradition. I tried (also for the first time of my life) the cow's toungue. It's terrible big (you get only a small part of it, of course) but really delicious, just forget what it is. The trolley of desserts is also breathtaking: I saw marvellous pears (boiled in red wine) and a very goodlooking "zuppa inglese" (the translation would be English soup but it's a dessert with egg and chocolate cream).
    I took there both my VT friends Trekki and OriettaIt and think they were 100% satisfied. All pics were taken by VT Trekki.

    Favorite Dish: Tortelli
    Carrello dei bolliti

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    WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST ICE CREAM IN TOWN?

    by PALLINA Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    Italian traditional ice cream is something special, daily fresh and genuine. This is the reason why we hate normally ice creams when we are abroad, which are usually frozen, artificial and very expensive. If you are in my home town I can suggest the following ice cream shops, which do not have service at the tables. We are used to eat it while walking (and we are always in a hurry!)

    1. GELATERIA K2, via Guido da Castello, 7/f, tel. +39-0522-433861, Old Town. Its name is a sort of legend in Reggio, here the flavour "Giovanna" was created by a former employee called so. Try such flavour, which can be found just in Reggio. No tables but some (crowded) benches

    2. CAPRICCIO, Vicolo Trivelli, 2, Old Town. Very big in comparison to prices, flavours translation into English. No tables but some (crowded) benches

    3. CAPOLINEA, via Simonazzi, 14, +39-0522-452722, just outside Old Town. Very appreciated from locals, you can park nearby. No tables but many (crowded) benches

    4. ALASKA, Viale Regina Elena, 16, +39-0522-921028, just outside Old Town. No tables but some (crowded) benches

    5. MILLEVOGLIE, Largo Marco Gerra (ex Dogana), outside Old Town. Although it is of recent foundation, it has became one of my favourite. They have very special traditional flavours together with a lot of experimental ones, like "Cuba" (a mix of chocolate and rum). No tables but some (crowded) benches

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    Antica Trattoria del Tondo: Tradition at affordable prices

    by PALLINA Written Feb 24, 2008

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    Not very big but always crowded at midday (perhaps for the very competitive menu a 12 euros), it is located outside the old town, not far from motorway exit A1. It offers a wide range of local dishes but no fish. It is run by a family: the father can appear not so nice in the beginning but I have to add that the son is not only very nice, is a wine taster and can speak some English.
    Always closed on Sundays
    Open at midday from Mon to Sat
    From Wed to Sat also in the evening

    Favorite Dish: Tortelli di erbette

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    Trattoria-Pizzeria del Bontempone: Very good quality on the way to-from A1 exit

    by PALLINA Written Nov 22, 2007

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    Just few minutes from the motorway exit (A1) you can find this pleasant restaurant pizzeria, run by nice guys from Naples. The ambience is not sophisticated but nice and clean but can be very crowded (absolutely necessary to book for the evening, better to do it for lunch). Their pizza is among the best pizzas in Reggio but if you are fond of seafood it is also very good and of great quality, especially if compared to the quality of seafood normally found in pizzerias. Desserts are all home-made and delicious, try their “pastiera napoletana” because it’s not typical to find it in Reggio

    Favorite Dish: Among pizzas: Pizza alla Norma (with aubergines)
    Among seafood: pealla (but you have to order it and you have to be more than 4 people)
    Desserts: pastiera napoletana

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    Pizzeria CONDOR: A very good pizza downtown

    by PALLINA Written Oct 9, 2007

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    Right in the old town centre, this pizzeria is perhaps the only one in Reggio run by non-southern Italian. Do not misunderstand me: pizza is from Neaples but who said that a Norther Italian cannot bake a perfect pizza? The exception is the pizzeria il Condor, very nice located near the Municipal Theater. Moreover, if you stay in Hotel Astoria Mercure, it's just 40 meters far. The ambience is minimal and elegant and, if the waiting people are many, you won't wait too much because the service is very quick, although very accurate. Unfortunately it is not always possible to reserve a table but it worths to run the risk to go there and wait. As the pizza is very good, it is a very trendy pizzeria and can be very crowded and noisy. I would not raccomend it for a romantic evening.
    They bake pizza also for lunch (it is not obvious in Reggio!) and they close on Tuesday all day long.

    Favorite Dish: Every pizza is delicious.
    All cakes and desserts are home made: unforgottable.

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