Pizzeria le Genziane is a nice little place that offers a fixed price for lunch, with a full menu in the evening including many different types of pizza, all of which are baked in a wood-fired oven.
We love the interior as it is very clean, with blue table cloths, and three TVs situated in various corners of the dining room. This allows for a relaxed conversation with friends, or a diversion if you are sitting alone.
The wait staff are friendly, always greeting us with a friendly hello and a warm smile. The owner, and pizza chef, is quick with a wave, between shifting his pizzas about inside the heated brick oven.
Since Ma Kettle and I have been going here, every staff member has made a point of stopping by our table. It appears we are a novelty, of the English speaking species, who are seldom seen in this part of Padova.
The restaurant is primarily frequented by locals, and we often see the same families in attendance. Quiet and low key.
Favorite Dish: We have tried various meat dishes on two different occasions, and each time found it to be aa bit disappointing. Pasta is good however, and pizza is great.
I strongly suggest sticking with the pizza, because the huge selection of combinations can keep you reading through 1/2 a litre of vino (2.60 Euro) We have yet to be unhappy with our choice of pizza, and the service is 'outstanding'. Let me repeat...The service is 'outstanding'.
GOOD service, the key to 'great' customers!!
Latest visit was Sept/05, but we tend to stop by at least once a month. Summertime is great because you can sit outside and enjoy the evening air.
Ma Kettle and I were going to the afternoon matinee at Multisala Astra, the only movie theatre in Padova offering English speaking movies.
We were early, and I was hungry, which is my normal state of mind and tummy, so we were looking for a place to sit for a bit before entering the theatre. I saw a sandwich board outside this little bar advertising 'Kabobs', which in Italy are actually Gyros. Sounded good.
The location is perfect for a quick snack either before or after the movie, as it is almost across the street. Tiny bar, not pretentious in any way.
Cost for my Gyro...euro 3,50.
Great place for a quick bite and a beer. Nice people too...
Favorite Dish: The Gyro is sliced thin from a cone of meat as you order it, and is placed inside a fresh pita bun, with tomato, lettuce, onion, and your choice of sauce. Very tasty, very filling, but very sloppy. Great value, and a nice alternative to the typical sandwich found in bars in Italy.
Bathroom is unisex, spotless, and of the proper bowl type (with seat). Lots of paper, hot water, soap.
Last visit Dec/04
Whenever in Padova, my tour of the city starts and ends in Pratto della Valle. There, around the Piazza, you'll find a number of restaurants offering "cheap" touristy menus, but I suggest you to avoid them because the food is not good.
Favorite Dish: Fortunatelly, there are good restaurants too around the piazza and, as far as I am concerned, Trattoria al Prato is the best one. In Italy, trattoria means, in a first place, a traditional restaurant which offers local dishes. I prefer trattorias and osterias rather than restaurants.
I had well prepared roastbeaf with moushrooms and potatoes (a kind of medallions), which was delicious. As for the price, along with red wine and coffee, I paid it something more than 20 Euros.
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.
Don't stop here. It looks familiar, and it's not too busy, but, ...there is a reason. The food is terrible.
The pizza is like cardboard, and the pop has a medicinal taste. Go anywhere else, but don't go here.
I have never tried any of the other locations, but, I'm sorry, even for my VT mates I won't go that far. You want to try, go ahead, then you can write your own review.
Favorite Dish: The french fries are probably the best things on the menu, but even those are hard, lots of 'ends', and too salty.
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.
Hidden away on the southeast side of Prato della Valle behind the church San Antonio is this delightful ristorante. Frequented only by locals who like their food cooked perfectly.
There is seating outside which is nice in the evening, but the decor inside is quite pleasant, too.
You will notice two other restaurants across the street, also frequented by locals, but this one is the most popular.
Pontecorvo is closed on Sundays.
I have included some fotos of dishes they serve, so that you can see how well presented they make their dishes.
There is parking in front, but like all Padovan places, it can be a small wait for a spot.
Favorite Dish: Do you frequent slow food places. This is the place for you.
They specialize in fish items, but have other specialties on the menu.
Expect to spend a slow food evening being treated to food prepared by 2 award winning chefs who own Fattoria Danieletto with their parents. They don't stay in the kitchen but will come out and talk to you about their creations, serve the home made wine, and bring the dishes to you table with explanations of how they were prepared.
This restaurant is located in a suburb of Padova in the hills called Colli Euganei, and in the summer you will eat in the coolness of the breeze off the hills, in the winter you will eat inside.
They grow their own grapes, make their own sausages of many types, soak their cheese in wine for one of the cheeses, and serve the smoothest tasting pasta with gentle flavors that you will ever have tasted.
We have eaten here many times and the quality, the flavors, the textures are outstanding. You must make a reservation as they have a limit to the number of patrons a night. They serve on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. 25 minutes from center of Padova.
In the summer, even though the day has been hot, ladies should bring a sweater, as the cool air flows off the hills nicely.
This is a day to eat lightly, and come hungry.
Photos below include the owner Alfonso.
Favorite Dish: There will be no menu choices, as they prepare the foods for that day. Don't worry there will be many selections and even if you skip one, you will not be hungry at the end.
Ravioli with spinach and cheeses, poppy seeds on top with butter
Rabbit cooked in a roll with other meats and herbs, with to die for sauce
Their different meats, sliced with home made panigacci (tortillas Tuscan style) and sauces.
Do NOT EXPECT tourists here. This place is frequented by locals only.
They speak some English, and are fluent in Veneto.
Menu also changes to fit growing season of local vegetables, and winter/summer dining.
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!!
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.
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.
it's a really nice - and expensive - restaurant not far from the hospital. It's a cosy restaurant specialising in italian specialities (of every region) and it has a huge selection of delicious wines. Attention: it's closed on sunday and monday for lunch
Favorite Dish: everything really: I especially liked the spaghetti alla bottarga (a sardinian speciality) and the fried eel. The dessert, pannacotta with raspberries was delicious,too.
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!
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.
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.