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There you are sitting in the piazza and a strange mood hits you, you begin to wish for spicy salsa, a margarita, corn tortillas and a little Mexican background music. You need a recharge!
El Algave is the place to go as the female owner is a Mexican who can cook you up some tacos while her Italian husband makes you a margarita (not watered down) using a special triple sec made in Padova, while you relax in a nice atmosphere that they have created with wall hangings and decorations from Mexico.
These owners in Padova and now have a devoted clientele who help make this ristorante a success. It was not easy to entice Italians so used to "Italian Cuisine" to try something new, and especially here in the north of Italy, something spicy. But they did it and now the place is packed. The last time I was there they were celebrating a Mexican Independence Day with tamales that were to die for, and there were so many people that they almost ran out of tamales.
Being from the southwest of the U.S. I am grateful to find this restaurant and I go here often to satisfy my missing Mexican food that is so plentiful in Colorado through California.
Favorite Dish: Tacos Pastor
Your won't find the menu exactly like Mexican restaurants in the U.S. as they come from Mexico and make it like they were taught by their parents in Mexico.
I hope the new owners will keep the choices well made and visitors will find the taste of real Mexico.
Having restaurants like this in Padova increases the chance that we will find corn tortillas and salsa made without sugar in the stores here.
Masa???maybe in ten years.
Updated Oct 29, 2012
Address: Via Altichiero 27, Padova
Phone: 049 619305
We visited Bellavista after obtaining a reduced price for two offer on an italian site. We were disappointed. This ristorante has a new owner, and our first visit with the previous owner was so different.
We had an appetizer, see photo, and other courses. See photos.
The menu had other choices, pasta and the usual Italian items basic to Italian dining. The offerings leaned towards fish.
The course with the crepe.... seemed to be from a microwave and dried out. The sauces were far too creamy for my taste. The appetizer plate was also warmed up and you could tell that they had the plates set out and rewarmed. Not a good idea for shell fish, etc.
There are far better choices of restaurants.
This ristorante is situated 30 minutes from the center of Padova,
During the warm months the dining can be outdoors, which is nice.
It is a bit difficult to find as you think you will never find a ristorante in a neighborhood of only houses, but don't give up. It is at the end of the street.
Favorite Dish: Our food seemed to be warmed up and was cooked long before. Clearly they are cutting corners, and I did not think my food had a typical taste of the Veneto.
Updated Oct 29, 2012
Address: Via San Benedetto 5, 35037, Selve di Teolo (PD)
Phone: 049 9902787
Located a few blocks from the train station along the tram route, Krishna offers up a host of Indian specialties. They feature a more than extensive menu of traditional cuisine. If you enjoy the many flavors of India, this is your place.
Parking is a bit difficult as it is in the center, so I suggest you use the tram.
Seating is spacious, with two large areas to choose from.
Everything seemed clean and the restrooms were clean and modern.
The wait staff was very attentive and explained the dishes we were thinking of choosing. They also took the time to give us more information about how the dishes were cooked and exactly what spices were used.
This is an exotic experience at average prices.
Favorite Dish: See the photos of the food.
You will not leave hungry!
Try the 3 dipping types, these are really great!
Lentils in Curry, another great dish.
Written Oct 8, 2012
Address: via Tiziano Aspetti, 51
Phone: 049 603795
Very cosy restaurant, built inside a old farm, the dining area is split in two different floors plus a small side room for more intimacy, there is also a outdoor garden used during summer.
The menu change according with the seasons and consist in a wide selection of local and international food. They have meat and fish dishes on the menu, sometimes they have more, let the waiter explain you all about them, usually they are SPECIAL.
Wine list is good too, the average price for a nice bottle of wine is 15 euros, house wine is good too.
Closed on Monday, during week end it can be quite busy so it would be better to make a reservation.
It is our "celebration" restaurant, we usually go on birthdays, anniversary etc, a special treat.
Favorite Dish: Zucchini flower stuffed with caprino (soft goat cheese)
tuna fish tartare
Branzino with crunch potatoes
Grilled bufalo steak!!!! if you found this eat it! you will be not disappointed!
We recently tried their mixed grilled fish plate and it was a huge portion and all delicious!
Updated Sep 13, 2012
Address: Via Sabbioni 38 Montegrotto Terme (Padova)
Phone: 0039 049 794369
La Giudecca is located in Vigonovo-Stra which is a suburb of Padova in the direction of Venezia. The specialties are Venetian, but also feature carne all brace, and pizza from a wood oven.
This place is a bit out of the way, but if you are going to Venice by car, might be a good choice for dinner. The prices certainly are not as high as you would find in Venice.
Inside one will find a cozy setting at two levels, all around the fireplace where they cook the food as you watch. See photos...
Their choice of salamis as an appetizer was quite nice.
Service excellent, bathrooms clean and the tables had lots of room between them.
Favorite Dish: We had steak fixed in the Florentine manner, which is a thick cut of beef, T-bone cut.
I asked for al sangue, which is rare, and they did not overcook it. This overcooking happens often in the north. They seem to like meat cooked well done.
The house red wine is a good selection if you are not looking for a heavy Tuscan style wine.
Written Jul 26, 2012
Address: Riviera Naviglio, 22 Vigonovo-Stra
Phone: 049 503863
Right across the street from the south entrance of the train station is McDonald's. People crowd into McDonald's knowing they can get some cheap food and use the bathroom for free. The train station charges for its bathroom.
The furnishings in this McDonald's are quite new and kept almost as clean as franchises in America. I think that the inspection of these restaurants in Italy is a bit lax, however. The burgers sit for some time and get cold, the fries can be cold and always have way too much salt. If you only want a cheeseburger or hamburger, ask for one from the back, these being the most recently cooked ones. I have seen people using computers there, so I think there is wifi availability.
The tram stops just in front of McDonald's and the bus area is also close. If you are using a Sita bus that goes out of the city, this area is two minutes further down.
I don't recommend this McDonald's but I know that many people use it, so I have written it up.
The photo is a map of the area for you to use.
There is no children play area here.
Favorite Dish: They have a coffee bar, the usual ice cream items and the more expensive burgers.
Padova is comparable to other Italian cities, you will not find any burger places, except mostly McDonald's and an occasional Burger King.
There is a Burger King in Padova, but it is on the highway to Milano. Look for the rest stop that has a walkway across the highway, and it is on the north side.
Written Jul 25, 2012
Address: Piazzale della Stazione, 5
Phone: 049 657784
We found this place almost by accident, but came away thinking to come back soon! The owner is Cuban and he goes out of his way to present Cuban food to the local people here who are sometimes shy to try something new.
There is outside and inside seating, with the inside having multiple large photos of Cuban Life. While you eat, you hear Cuban music, mostly salsa, and it makes it feel like you are almost there. Seating is comfortable and the tables are not jammed close together. You can actually have an intimate dinner, which is a bit different than many trattorias in this area.
I have decided that I like this place so much that I might have my birthday dinner here....that is how good it is!
If you are a visitor to Padova, you need a car to get you here. The bus cannot be depended on. It is a ways out of Padova in Piove di Sacco.
Favorite Dish: He makes many meat dishes and some vegetarian dishes. There is one dish where he puts many types on one plate for the diners to try. This is the one I would suggest for you if you are a newcomer to Cuban food. If you are tired of grilled meat and pasta, this is your place.
The guy makes a killer Mojito! But he also has Cuban beer, which I thought would be difficult for him to find.
I would also like to suggest if possible for you to go on Wednesday as he makes a buffet, all you can eat....What a deal!
Written Jul 5, 2012
Address: via Celsi, 84, Piove di Sacco (Padova)
This Greek restaurant is found in a suburb of Padova called Limena. It is about 12 minutes drive from the center of Padova.
Kostas has both outdoor and indoor seating. It is run by a Greek fellow, and is only open in the evenings. He knows how to fix Greek food, and we had a nice evening with friends, watching them try new foods.
It is clean and efficiently run.
The bathrooms are also clean.
There is good parking off the street.
Everything is Greek from the beer to the zucchini balls. Enjoy!
Favorite Dish: There is an appetizer plate of various things... This is what you should try.
Written Jul 5, 2012
Address: via Magarotto, 3 Limena (PD)
This restaurant is in business since the '80 and it cater mostly to the university students . This mean their prices are cheaper but also that they are usually full and it can get kind of noisy.
They have two indoor dining room nicely decorated with antiques and a small outdoor area under the porch.
Their menu is usually not too large, they cook a few items but they do it very well.
Their pizza is the more digestible I have eaten in a long time! perfectly cooked and generous with the toppings.
Beside the items on the menu they have a daily board where they write what is the day's special. Those items are usually from something special they could find in the general market that morning so pay attention to them.
They have my favorite brand of white beer Hoegaarden, along with lot more.
It is advisable to book in advance or expect to wait in line to get in, especially friday and saturday nigh
Favorite Dish: Pizza is my favourite here, very good, fast served and delicious. But I tasted their first course and second course too and was always happy with them.
Updated Jun 19, 2012
Address: Via dei Savonarola, 38
Phone: (+39) 049 8759128
We recently tried this Greek restaurant near Padova. It has been open not long ago by a Greek couple. They made an effort to transform this plain restaurant of a suburban area in a Greek looking taverna. Since you walk in the white walls and the turquoise chairs will take you straight to a Aegean Island.
They have also a big outdoor seating area with umbrellas for the warn summer's nights.
The menu has a good selection of Greek food, appetizers are from 3 to 5 euros and main courses from 7 to 13 euros for a combined plate. Desert was 4 Euros.
They have a selection of Greek wines, retsina and Greek beers, my favorite is Mithos.
From the center of Padova you need a car or a taxi to reach them as they are about 10km outside the town in a village called Limena.
Favorite Dish: We tried zucchini and check peas croquettes and dolmades (wine leaves stuffed with rice), also their tzatziky which was really good. They served appetizers with pita bread.
As main course we tried Gyros Special made of chicken meat, lamb souvlaky and chicken souvlaky. Every plate was served with a side of salad, fries and tzatziky and was very good.
We also tried their deserts, galactobureko, kataifi and yogurt with Greek honey.
Updated Jun 19, 2012
Address: Via MAGAROTTO 3 Limena (PD)
Phone: (+39) 049 768158
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