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    Buddha: One OF The Best in Padova

    by painterdave Written Sep 1, 2011

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    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.
    Cleanliness-superior
    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.

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    Buddha Indian Restaurant: Scrumptuous Indian Food

    by oriettaIT Updated Sep 1, 2011

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    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.

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    Bar Liviano: Quiet, Inexpensive Lunch Spot

    by roberta2011 Written Jun 23, 2011

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    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.

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    Pasticceria Breda: Possibly Best Coffee/Pastry Combo in Padova

    by roberta2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011

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    After studiously comparing pastry/coffee options throughout Padova (and I agree with OriettaIT that Graziati is pretty fantastic) I have concluded that Pasticceria Breda is possibly one of the best bakeries in town. The one thing it lacks is a great location on a large piazza, but otherwise, all of the pastries are amazingly delicious and their coffee drinks are consistently excellent. Plus, the staff is warm and welcoming; they make the experience even better because they genuinely put some love into making their espressos.

    All of the brioche pastries are flakey, buttery, and fresh; I tend to veer towards the marmellata which normally is filled with apricot jam (albicocca), but you will not regret anything you select here. The biscotti (cookies) and little tartlets filled with nuts or marmellata also make nice buttery partners for the coffee. They also have amazing looking cakes for take away in case you need something for the road.

    It's less expensive to stand up at the counter in the back, but there are several small tables inside as well as outside in the street (it's a pedestrian zone). Close to the Prato della Valle and on the main street through the centro, it's a great stop for breakfast or any time of day you need caffeine and a sweet treat.

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    Pe Pen: Top Pick In The Center

    by painterdave Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    If you are in the center of Padova and considering a restaurant that has more than pizza, a great wine list, and local cusine, consider Pe Pen. During the warm months of the year this popular restaurant has outdoor seating in a nice small piazza, lit up with warm lighting.
    Pe Pen has a wine list that is more like a book, with many pages of listings. We wonder where they keep all that wine. U want to see this cellar.
    If you like appetizers, you can view many of the choices just inside and then tell your waiter which one you want. With a wine list like this, you can expect the food to be exceptional. We have never been disappointed here.
    The pizzas are also very good, with generous amounts of ingredients you might choose..

    Favorite Dish: You can get a pizza here mid day, which is more difficult in the city. My favorite is Capricciosa.
    see photos below.
    Also their desserts are foto moments....
    House wine is also good.
    Price below is with house wine. Expect more when ordering a Secondo.
    Enjoy

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    Shang Cheng: One of the few places for Chinese

    by painterdave Updated Jun 1, 2011

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    I went to Shang Cheng two different times, the first time remembering Chinese food in San Francisco my old home town for many years. My Italian friends had recommended this restaurant as a really good Chinese Restaurant in the industrial area of Padova that has been purchased by many Chinese companies moving into the economy. I was craving good Chinese, but it was not to be realized. I went back and reconfirmed my belief that they cut corners too much in preparing the food, and since the Italians here are not used to great Chinese food, they do not know any better and don't demand good preperation or even sticking to recipes that are genuinely Chinese. I secretly believe that they cater to Italian tastes, by NOT using chili sauce, and hardly anything on their menu has even a hint of chili flavor, for instance. You see, Italians in the north are not lovers of hot spicy food. That and the fact that twice cooked chicken means soggy pasty outside, instead of crispy, vegetables are served way overcooked, the way Italians like vegetables..... are you getting the idea, now? I wish I could recommend Shang Cheng, but it is difficult.

    Favorite Dish: I saw the Chinese people who come into this restaurant getting things not on the menu, so if you figure out how to do that....or maybe, take the waiter over to the table and point to something and say...."questo per me"... that ought to do it.
    Sunday is not a good day for fish, nor maybe Monday.
    The Beer, Chinese is good.
    You can sit outside, and they have umbrellas. It is on a busy street, though.
    open all days from 9 - 12 midnight
    they do banquets....and the food for those looks great!!

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    Trattoria da Nicola: Seafood and More--NO PIZZA

    by painterdave Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located in a two story old farmhouse and out of the center of Padova is this exceptional trattoria. The atmosphere is warm and feels not the typical crowded feeling as the table area is on three levels. The chef has perfected dishes that are way above the average fare in Padova, yet still within an affordable price range. We visit on special occasions and the last one proved to be outstanding.
    The waiters make sure you are well taken care of, the wine list is extensive, and the trattoria makes sure you get a good start with complimentary prosecco and a starter dish. Featured this last time was a special meatball with sauce, that made me wish they served this as a first course.
    Please note that this is not a pizza restaurant, you are getting exceptional food in a trattoria that remains a hidden place used by the local citizens as a special treat.
    This is where I would bring any house guests, chosen over many other restaurants in the area, including some in the hills that are hard to beat.
    Dress is only a bit above casual. Closed Mondays.

    Favorite Dish: Hard to believe food makes it difficult to decide which is a favorite. They also adjust the menu according to season, actually finding buffalo during the year, for instance.
    The photos don't do the food justice, but this is my top place for dining in the whole veneto area. Don't expect spaghetti and meatballs, this kind of thing is NOT on the menu.
    See photos of past visits featured below.
    We order the house wine which is very good. The red comes from the cellar so you let it sit for a short time to warm up, something you have to do in many Italian restaurants. No problem, order prosecco!

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    PePen: Good Pizza and great restaurant

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 20, 2011

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    Traditionally this was a Pizzeria but now it is also a very good restaurant. Everything here is over the average, pizza, meat and also fish. They also have one of the hugest wine list I have ever seen, a book actually!!!
    During the summer you can eat outdoor under a big gazebo right in the Piazza, but even if you will be inside, the ambience is really nice and comfortable, the wall are deccorated with frescos and the weiters are nice and very professional.

    Favorite Dish: I have been here many times and really have found everything very good. I had pizza many times and also fish. Fish pasta is served in huge portions so you will not need much more to fill your stomach :-)
    Their home made desserts are also excellent.

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    Caffe' Della Piazzetta: My favourite relaxing spot

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 11, 2011

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    View of the outdoor seating area

    When I am in the center for shopping or business and I need to slow down and rest I always go to this bar. It is really nothing special, it have the same bakery rools, cappuccinos, spritzs and wine of about every other but when the weather is warm they have a seating area outside, covered with big umbrella in this cozy little square in the middle of Padova old Ghetto. Even when the center is busy and noisy for all the scooters and the people chatting around while shopping, this Piazza is always quite, shady and calm.

    Favorite Dish: In the morning try their delicious coffe and cappuccino, with a bakery roll, brioches.
    Before lunch or dinner, sit back and order a spritz, our local aperitif made of part prosecco wine, part water, part Campari or Aperol. They always come with some munchies, potatoes chips or similar and cost around 2,50.
    What is important is not what you order but the feeling that this little square will give you.

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    Osteria dei Fabbri: In the Padova old ghetto

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 3, 2011

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    This is a small traditional restaurant in the very hearth of Padova, the old ghetto. I like to take my friends here when they come to visit because it is right in the pedestrian area, it is nicely decorated and the food is good and not too expensive
    Their menu is well assorted and change according to the season and the fresh products they can find.

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    Pasticceria Graziati: My favorites bakery

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 3, 2011

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    This is one of the oldest bakery in Padova center and sure my favourite! You can found it under a porch in Piazza della Frutta, they have some tables outdoor when the weather is nice, and a indoor part. When you walk in you will not see it but they also have a indoor hall downstair where a old cantina was. They restored the nice vaulted ceiling and used some table and chair very appropriate for the look of the place. Make you feel like you are having your snack in some nobile's house in the renassance. You can also have your cappuccino by the counter as many Italians do. Pprices at the table are a little bit higher.
    The pastry are excellent and here you can have one of the best cappuccino in Padova.

    Favorite Dish: Cappuccino and brioches. I am not a coffee lover, but their brand of coffee is my favourite, not bitter at all and their cappuccino is wonderful!!! Thy the raisin rolls or the apple rolls. those are my favourite.

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    PIZZERIA ANCÒRA E BIRRERIA: #1 Pizza Place in Padova Area

    by painterdave Updated Jan 18, 2011

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    BEST Pizza in Padova
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    This huge pizzeria always amazes my friends and I. How can they do it? Serving so many people, there must be over a hundred tables, and in the summer even more as they serve outdoors to take advantage of the warm summer nights. The pizza is always consistently awesome!
    The menu of choices is huge, seating is not crowded, the atmosphere is warm and friendly. The large amount of customers does not effect the waiters and attendants and because the seating is in several different rooms and levels the noise is not what you would expect.
    This place begins to fill up around 7:30, but I have driven by at midnight and seen the crowds eating away, there is a good parking area with spaces having generous room.
    There are also choices on the menu for items other than pizza. Although I have never tried them as this "IS" the pizza place, the taste of the crust is light and thin with a good taste of sauce not over done. They also are generous with items on top, but in the Italian fashion,not American--huge piles of things. Price below is with drinks.

    Favorite Dish: I covered the pizza above, now let me mention the beer. Ancora serves on tap a Belgian beer that is served with a slice of orange. The beer is not overly bitter and on a hot evening is just the right thing for a pizza.
    They also serve other beers if you like strong fermentation.
    My favorite pizza is the capriciossa as I like artichokes hearts on pizza. I would guess, however, that they have way over a hundred choices of pizza combinations and you can make up your own.
    Don't plan to share a pizza unless you are not very hungry. These Italian pizzas are much lighter in toppings and a whole lot lighter in crust.
    Their crust has a taste that one wishes all pizzerias could copy. We are planning on kidnapping our local pizza maker and take him to Ancora for a few lessons. He always manages to burn the crust or the crust is not cooked enough.
    When you are paying the bill at the desk, ask if they are offering limoncello--it will be free.

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    Fattoria Danieletto: Excellent agriturismo

    by oriettaIT Updated Jul 30, 2010

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    The place is located at the bottom of the hills called Colli Euganei, a green area surrounded by vinyards. My family has been personal friends of the owner for years and their sons have won numerous awards for their cooking. The wall is covered with this awards and also awards presented to Alfonso to his wine production. They also make their own salami and each salame is a bit different because they are made by hand.
    The food is do die for and everything there is home made, and when I say everything I mean it!
    Not only do they make their own wine but they press their olives to make a fine oil. They grow their own free range chickens and rabbits and pigs to make their sausage.
    Their cheese is brought from the Dolomiti Mountains.
    Fattoria Danieletto is the true slow food experience.

    Favorite Dish: Everything is awesome.
    Taste cheese with different honies and jams and their home made desserts...
    and don't forget the wine! :-)

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    Ristorante Pizzeria El Gaucho: Amazing location

    by oriettaIT Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    The location is very nice, close to our hills Colli Euganei. The building is all made by stones and there is a nice garden where you can sit and eat during the summer and feel the breeze coming off the hills.
    This is great people food, they cook meat, fish and pizza so everyone can find their favourite dish. I came here very frequently since years and never been disappointed. I had pizza several times, their wood fire grilled meat, their pasta with seafood, their appetizer (the mixed fish appetizer is so big that often i decide I am eating just THAT) and their home made cake (try their tiramisu!!!)
    It is quite far from Padova center so make sure you have a good map of the area or use a satellite navigator to get there.

    Favorite Dish: Mixed fish appetizer, pizza and home made Tiramisu to die for!!

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    Oktoberfest: The Name Will Throw You!

    by painterdave Updated Feb 11, 2010

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    The ristorante Oktoberfest lies near the center of Padova, just off St. Antonio's Church. These streets are medieval and you can walk right by it, so look carefully. It has two large dining areas, clean restrooms, and an efficient wait staff. The food is prepared almost too fast, compared to Italian restaurants and the speed of which they deliver dishes to your table.
    I asked for a small salad to be delivered before my pizza, but it came about two minutes difference.
    I would recommend this restaurant if you are touring St. Antonio's and you want to get a bit away from the tourist places.

    Favorite Dish: I have only eaten pizza here, and I go here only at lunch where you can find pizza being made. (There are not many pizza restaurants making pizza for lunch in Padova.)
    The pizza is on the wet side, but has lots of toppings, many choices, and thanks to the name of the restaurant great beer.
    If you come during the winter and come late for lunch expect that they will turn the heat off around 2:30.

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