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
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
The entrance of this Ristorante Pizzeria dont give it justice, it is located in a busy street out of the city center and you cant tell from the outside if the place would be nice or not. BUT once you open the door you are pleasantly surprise!!
The ambience is nice, few tables surrounded by nice decorarion, street lights and plants give you the feeling you are in a outdoor terrace not indoor.
The weiters are very friendly and usefull when you ask them help to make your choice. They serve Pizzas, salads and italian food. Everything is well cooked and presented.
It is Closed on Sunday. It can be hard to find a parking for a car but it is possible to reach it easily from the tram stop Santa Croce or Cavallotti.
Favorite Dish: Even if i tried more than once their restaurant's specialties and i love it alll, I like to come to this place for their pizza. The croust is perfectly raised and all the ingredients are fresh and high quality.
My favourite pizza here is a Margherita with bufala mozzarella, so simple but WOW ... SO GOOD!!!
Pay attention at the "Piatto del giorno" board, Dish of the day, it is a special dish or pizza they are offering beside the ones in the menu.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are seeking food from India, this restaurant is incredible. Not only the food is unbeatable, but the atmosphere is enchanting. The walls are covered with exquisite art from India, not posters and cheap decorations, but really nice paintings and art. The music sets the mood for great dining, yet they have thought to put up noise reducing bafflers in the ceiling so you can actually hear people at your table speaking, etc. When you enter Buddha you are greeted by the owner and several waitresses dressed in clothes from India. The smell of cooking food is enticing, and the seating arrangement are made so that you do not feel in a huge room, but instead several small rooms for a more intimate feel.
Everything from beginning to end is more of a performance, a unique opportunity to enjoy India and its food. I have to give this restaurant a rating of best in Padova, until I am lucky enough to find a better adventure. We will return here soon.
parking is across the street and free
Located near the center of Padova
Favorite Dish: We tried lots of items in the appetizer category, served with 4 sauces, tamarind, yogurt, mango and chili... see photo.
They have listed some foods with pepper cartoons to show the "heat" value. This we found to be Italian heat levels, so two peppers is only kind of mild heat--still good.
The menu is large and you will see lots of choices.
Viewing the photos you will see several choices of chicken, one is sauce, and also a chick pea dish.
They have three kinds of beer from India, all 5 euros, large bottles.
We tried a lot more items than we could finish, and found it all amazingly good. So our bills was higher than normal. 58 euros for two people.
The owner is from Kathmandu, but his menu includes many things from southern India.
The restaurant is close to the heart of Padova, the dining room is very nicely decorated with Indian prints, sculptures, pottery and quilts. The owner is really friendly and will help you decide through their menu. All the people working in the restaurant are Indian and they wear their traditional clothes. Also the music is original and not loud leaving room for conversations.
Beside the normal menu they offer three tasting menu, fish for 25 euros, meat for 20 euros and vegetarian for 15 euros, prices for person.
We tried vegetables samosa, fried vegetables and onion rings as appetizers. The we had rice with shrimps, madras chicken and chicken tandoori and some stewed chick peas. We tried their garlic bread and mint bread and we accompanied all with two Indian beers.
As soon as we ordered they brought us some complimentary chick peas bread with four different sauce to try, than, when the dinner was over we had also a selection of seeds to eat to "clean your mouth" and a shoot of a liquor.
Everything was presented in nice copper pots and was delicious.
Favorite Dish: I would have a hard time choosing as everything was tasty and delicious. I will go back for sure.
Sometimes you are just not in the mood to dine in a crowded, touristy café, especially on a warm day. If you are seeking a relatively inexpensive, but tasty, light lunch near the center of Padova, this place is pretty ideal. This café is hidden away in a tree filled (rare!) and shady piazza located behind the Piazza dei Signori in an area surrounded by University buildings. So your dining companions are much more likely to be students or faculty as opposed to tourists and the prices are more in keeping with their budgets.
There is always a nice selection of hot and cold panini plus toasts (around 4eu each) and seasonal salads to choose from -- both lettuce/greens-based as well as cold pasta and/or rice salads (6-7eu each). Everything is very fresh and ingredients are good quality. It's definitely a step above the usual student hang-out/sandwich shop fare. And unlike most tourist spots, they don't charge a coperto (cover) which helps keep your lunch reasonably priced.
Best of all, it is a quick walk back through the Piazza dei Signori to GROM (see other reviews) the gourmet gelato shop, so you can top off your meal with a fantastic treat and still not break the bank.