Padova Restaurants

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    Corazon Cubano: REAL CUBAN!

    by painterdave Written Jul 5, 2012

    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!

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    Taverna Greca da Kostas: Greek!!!

    by painterdave Written Jul 5, 2012

    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.

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    Ristorante Pizzeria Savonarola: One of best pizza in town

    by oriettaIT Updated Jun 19, 2012

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    Small dining room
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    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.

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    Taverna Greca da Kosta: Greek food

    by oriettaIT Updated Jun 19, 2012
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    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.

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    Corazon Cubano: 30 km from Padova original Cuban food and fun

    by oriettaIT Updated Jun 19, 2012

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    Mojito - photo is ugly cell quality but was SUPER!

    This restaurant is about 30 km from Padova center in a town called Piove di Sacco. You need a car to reach it and better if you have a GPS Navigator.
    This cuban restaurant is run by Leo and its whole staff is from Cuba.
    We went for the first time using a coupon deal but we will definitely go back as we were super happy about our dinner.
    The restaurant is not too big, they have a indoor seating area nicely decorated with hundreds of photos about Cuba and a colorful map on a mural. During the warm season the tables are transferred outdoor in a covered area.
    They organize music event with Cuban singer and dancing.
    They are open for dinner from 7.30pm to 2am Tuesday to Sunday.
    Wednesday night they have a buffet night, 10 euros each person included a glass of sangria.

    Favorite Dish: Our menu was:
    Mojito and platano chips
    appetizer La tentation: a mixed dish of chicken croquettes, meat balls, fried Yucca and fried platanos. Hot salsa to dip in.
    Three different kind of meat: picadillo(ground meat in a tasty sauce), fricase de ternera(sort of beef stew), pollo in salsa con arroz blanco(chicken stewed in a white sauce with white rice, congris (rice cooked with beans)
    Desert was dulce de leche

    We found everything perfectly cooked, tasty and delicious, I really enjoyed Leo's Mojito too.
    My favourite was picadillo, but next time I will want to try their fish dishes as well.

    From the a la carte menu, appetizer was 3-5 euros, main course 11-16 euros, cocktail 5 euros.
    They also had some Cuban beer

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    El Agave: Mexican restaurant

    by oriettaIT Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Tacos el pastor and tacos dorado de pollo

    This restaurant has been opened by a Mexican family now living in Padova. They are making great efforts to make sure the food represent mexican cooking. They brought original decorations and tried to create the typical atmosphere of Mexico.
    The menu has a good selection of food, some spicy and some less. They will be glad to assist you to make a good decision if you are afraid to get a dish that is too spicy. You must ask for a glass of their very special house margaritas which is typical of Mexico. If the food is too hot you can always take a glass of milk.

    June 2010 - Unfortunally this restaurant is not owned by the same people anymore. I havent had the change to try it out after the change. Will report soon about it

    Favorite Dish: Tacos el pastor and margaritas

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    Folpetteria di Max e Barbara: Padova Street Food

    by oriettaIT Written Jun 10, 2012

    Folpi in Veneto language means octopus, as the name tells this street vendor is famous for a local specialties, boiled baby octopus. They are served cut in small pieces so it is easy to eat them picking them up with a toothpick.
    Along with the boiled octopus they also serve shrimps cake, fried fish, boiled sea snails and other sea food.
    It is normal to sit at a table at the nearby Caffe dei Osei, order a drink and then go get some food from the stand but make sure you leave a friend at the table or you will loose as there is often a crowd waiting to get a seat.

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    Hostaria dei Artisti: Small restaurant with excelent cousine

    by oriettaIT Written May 26, 2012
    Spaghetti with clams
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    This restaurant is a little hidden from the center of Padova but it is worth the trouble of finding it.
    It has three small dining rooms that make it great for a romantic meal as it never get too noisy and crowded.
    The owners promote local artists so their walls are always decorated by paintings of various artists and style. There is often jazz music softly played instead of the usual tv sound or radio blast that is unfortunately getting the NORMAL in Italy.
    During the summer they have a small inner courtyard with shade so it is possible do dine outdoor.

    Favorite Dish: They make an effort to cook traditional veneto dishes and they excell on it.
    During our last visit we had spaghetti with clams, bigoli in salsa (mean with a anchovies paste), small octopuss cooked in red sauce with polenta and a seabass fillet with potatoes crust.
    Their prices are 7-10 euros for a pasta dish, 10-20 euros for a main course.

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    Villa Vanna: Excellent Fish restaurant

    by oriettaIT Written May 20, 2012
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    This restaurant was a great find. We went here using a online coupon and we were not expecting much.. we have been blew away!
    The location is a well kept villa from the 1700. A horse riding club use the garden and the restaurant has been set in the restored interiour.
    The dining room is very well decorated with authentic furniture and lots of details, it has big windows looking out the covered porch where it is possible to eat during the warm season.
    The owner and the weitress are very friendly and will help you choose your dish and your wine.
    It is a great place for a special celebration.

    Favorite Dish: We were four people so we tried to order all different things so to share and taste more.
    We had a warm seafood , baked shell of Saint John, spicy clams and mussels as appetizer
    Seafood risotto and spaghetti with clams as first course
    Mixed grilled fish, grilled king prawns, baked bass with potatoes as main course

    we could not find one thing that was wrong! every dish was well prepared, well presented and delicious.

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    Caffe Cavour: Rude and awful waitress at Caffe Cavour

    by bettyo70 Written May 14, 2012

    While I don't enjoy giving negative reviews, Caffe Cavour had the most rude customer service we experienced in all of Northern Italy! Padua is a university town with a lot of charm and hospitality... but the waitress we had here (in her 20s with long, dark hair) was loud and obnoxious from the moment she came to our table. Considering the Caffe was pretty empty and no doubt, has been affected by the Recession like many other businesses... I was surprised that poor attitudes like these exist. Note to business owners: customer service is crucial these days so be careful who you hire!

    Favorite Dish: N/A

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    Hostaria Dei Artisti: Fish Veneto Style and More

    by painterdave Written May 10, 2012
    Biggoli w/anchovies (homemade pasta)
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    5 minutes from the tram stop along a small street and a bit hidden away is a fish restaurant that was a surprise to me in that they offered a decent menu of fish cooked Veneto style, and some dishes that the chef has tweaked from his travels around the world.
    The decor is filled with art works by various artist in Padova, but not the usual hobby art, but some very special pieces arranged by style in each room. I found it to be very peaceful and not a noisy restaurant.
    The young chef and his wife run the hostaria and they try hard to please. Their wine selection is decently priced, even the bread brought to the table was several different types.
    Remember that fish restaurants are a bit more costly than pizza or grilled meat places in the Veneto.
    I plan to go back soon, when I am in the center. (I live here in Padova)

    Favorite Dish: See photos of the choices we had while on our first visit.

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    La Perla d'Oriente: Chinese Food With Atmosphere

    by painterdave Written Feb 27, 2012

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    Glass Floor With Koi Fish
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    Finding Chinese food in the Veneto area that is not spoiled by the tastes of Northern Italians is difficult to find. Toning down the spices and using vegetables that are not used in China is typical in most Chinese ristoranti;however, La Perla d'Oriene we have happily found not to be typical. The sauces we found to be much like one finds in China, and the spice (piccante) is the same. We were very pleased by the way we received our choices--right out of the wok, instead of from a pot that had been sitting for who knows ... all morning.
    The Pearl... is very clean, and the walls have large wooden pictures which they have brought over from China. It all feels like they have taken pride to make a tranquil setting. What is extra nice is that they have a glass floor over the whole restaurant that has Koi swimming peacefully. I am ready to return and try some other dishes.
    Parking is free.
    It is not expensive.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is extensive. We tried Hot and Sour Soup, Shrimp that had a sweet and sour sauce, Chicken with Cashews, and spring rolls. These were excellent.
    We also ordered fried won tons, which seemed more oven baked to me. I would not order them again, as I am used to fried with larger pieces of pork inside.
    Be sure and ask for the hot sauce on the side if you like that chili oil sauce.
    They have a menu in English, too.
    Chinese beer.

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    Villa Vanna: A Real Splurge

    by painterdave Written Nov 22, 2011

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    Seafood prepared the Veneto way--expensive but so worth it. The restaurant is joined with the Olympic Horse Riding Organization, which uses the grounds adjacent. When walking into the old building you get two feelings.... old and exquisite setting, a really nice feeling. You begin to expect something better than the average fish restaurant, and what comes to the table is far above the usual fare.
    I was not disappointed in choosing Villa Vanna for a family celebration. Everything here was exceptional.
    If you are in the Padova area and only have a few days, this would be a good choice to discover the best in seafood. The atmosphere is quiet, and not crowded, and if you like slow food, you will like Villa Vanna.

    Favorite Dish: The 1st course of boiled mixed fish. This plate is huge and covered with mixed fish, prepared in a first course manner, and also included prawns and shellfish and also sarde in saor, another favorite of mine.
    The risotto with fish was so smooth, I am not a fan of risotto unlike many people of the Veneto, however, when I return to this restaurant I will order risotto.
    You must view the photos of the food included here.
    This place gets my highest praise.
    Villa Vanna is expensive, for two people your bill, including wine, will be over 100 euros.

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    Ristorante Gandhi Padova: The. Best. Indian. EVER

    by ScarletCake Written Nov 8, 2011

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    Amazing. Simply amazing.

    If you are in the mood for Indian, this is the place to go for sure. It seems a bit far from the city centre on the map but its only a 10min bike ride, and well worth it. The food is perfect (I'm working my way through the menu) and the staff are really great. They also speak excellent english.

    Favorite Dish: Garlic naan dipped into the Devil Gost dish... Spicy lamb heaven.

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    Zhou Haibin Restaurant: Chinese food

    by oriettaIT Written Oct 19, 2011
    Hot and sour soup
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    This restaurant is becoming popular in the industrial are of Padova because it offer nice food and very reasonable prices.
    They cook food for the local Chinese comunity so it is not Europeanized too much and it taste good.
    The dining room is simple but fearly clean, they have a glass counter where you can see some of their appetizer and pick a raw fish you want them to cook.
    The menu is in Chinese, Italian and English and it is large.

    Favorite Dish: So far my favourite dish was Hot and sour soup, really tasty! I also like cashew nuts chicken and shrimps whit onions and ginger. Their spring rolls and steamed doumplings are also good.

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