The restaurant offers typical Venetian seafood Menù, selected and processed according to the most ancient Venetian traditions.
The restaurant has a large fireplace for cooking on brazier fish and meat, and the pizza is with soybean paste, much more light and easily digestible.
It was very exciting to taste fresh octopus salad, squids, shrimps cocktail, tune tartare, home made "gnocchi", "paccheri" with tune, cuttlefish with polenta and Great fried Adriatic seafoods!
It's situated in few passes from the center in a historical building, and it has 3 floors.
Favorite Dish: Gran antipasto della Casa
saor del Doge, tune tartare, salmon in tabacco, octopus salad, dentice mousse and capasanta!
This Trattoria was found by accident while driving through the hills between Padova and Vicenza. We came to the top of the highest hill, turned the corner and Romano comes into view. As we drove by we smelled to grilled items being cooked and we turned in to park. The trattoria turned out to be a great experience and we will return here again soon. They have dining outdoors, both under large umbrellas and a covered area, and they also have dining indoors during the winter.
The food was varied, the service was very good and you will spend a few hours enjoying dishes described below. Prices--affordable, not expensive. Warm atmosphere. Food of the Veneto.
Don't miss the large church when you come down the hill into Vicenza. There is a great story in its history and the ringing of the bells is interesting as they are mechanically run ringing music.
See my video on this church.
(nice drive in the hills!)
Favorite Dish: These are the specialties of the house, yet, we saw some other great meat dishes coming off the barbecue being served.
Risotto al Tartufo dei Colli Berici--*
Gnocchi e Pasta fatta in Casa
Sorane alla Griglia
Try some wine from the hills rather than a chianti, and discover that they make excellent wine in this area.
I am ice-cream freak, can take it any time of the day or night and it doesn't matter to me wheter summer or winter season. During my often business trips to Italy I must stop either in Verona or Vicenza and take nice and big cup of gelato.
Favorite Dish: This gelateria is situated in Corso Andrea Palladio, very close to his haus and nearby Teatro Olimpico. Gelateria is located inside the portico. It is called "Caffetteria Bar Gelateria Sonia" and offers perfect own production ice-cream of many different tastes. Trust my judgment, the ice-cream is of perfect quality and extremelly delicious.
La Cueva comes very close to presenting Mexican food in the style you would find in most California Mexican restaurants. They have a varied menu, but the main dish they serve there is fajitas, which they do quite well.
The decor is Mexican, and they strive to make it a pleasant experience.
Clean, organized, and an abundance of waiters, you are well taken care of.
You will not leave hungry.
The only thing I can say against this restaurant is that they do not have corn toritillas, but then again no one else has those in italy either. The salsa is a bit mild, and served scantilly in a little saucer. Prices are average for this type of place. If you need a quick fix of Mexican, this is a place to consider.
Favorite Dish: I had fajitas with chicken. The beans are pinto, served in a sauce. The rice not outstanding. With appetizers, there was more than enough food. Taste is what you need to expect in italy, very mild. Never expect hot food in a Mexican eatery in Italy. Bring your own, if need be.
All the rest was good.
Taco chips with beans and meat on top for appetizer is the best they have on the menu.
The margaritas are very strong... You will need only one.. No kidding!
Beer is modesty priced, even imported.
The place is a bit hard to find being away from the center. You need a car to get there. Then it is in the back side of a shopping mall situation. Just when you think you can't find it, there it is.
On a trip into the downtown area, we decided to stop in and have a meal at the Doner Kebap as it came highly recommended by our friends. Food was fantastic, delicious and you got a lot for the money.
Favorite Dish: the kebap of course...lol...got fries and a Coke to go along with the meal
I was going to be the "best man" when Phil and Kim got married in 2010, but then things changed and Phil got a job in Italy. So since we couldn't celebrate their wedding in the U.S., we did so when we visited them in Vicenza. Their choice was Al Company Ristorante & Pizzeria and a great choice it was.
Favorite Dish: To start things off, we had Antipasto Rustico, Prosciutto e Melone & Bruschetta. For dinner, we has Risotto con Porcini, Fettucine Canoce, Mazzancolle di Sicilia, Orata alla Griglia and Verdure Griglia. To wash down the meal, we enjoyed a liter of Prosecco along with Acqua Minerale. For dessert, we had Tiramisu along with Caffe Correto.
Located 10 minutes walking from train station is this small sushi establishment called Zushi. Run by a corporation that has 9 of the same throughout northern Italy, it would seem to feature less than expected tastes of Japan, more on the line of fast food. BUT this is not the case. We found Zushi to have some really good items on a large menu featuring many kinds of Japanese cuisine.
The service was prompt, the area clean and the two Japanese sushi makers could be seen behind large glass windows so that you could watch their techniques.
The place was busy and many locals were coming in for take out, besides many diners enjoying the food and the loud music.
If you desire a rest from Italian.....this is the place for you. Sure beats McDonalds.
Favorite Dish: We started with Udon Soup, and from there things got better and more mouthwatering.
Yakitori, then Zushilover Supermix, 12 pieces for 14 euros. And yes, the tuna is tasty and okay to eat in Zushi.
We did have to ask for more hot water for our tea bags......This was the only negative thing I can say for Zushi.
They have a plate called Barche Mix, a wooden boat loaded with sushi, and you can choose the size from 30 pieces to 100 pieces.
see photos for some sushi shots
Prices here are about average of sushi places here in Italy and even comparable to the U.S.
You can't go wrong with either of the Restaurant/Pizzerias up at Monte Berico (the other being Al Pellegrino, see tip). Sette Santi Serves typical Italian fare, in a great location above the city of Vicenza. They have a large terrace for outdoor sitting in nice weather. We ate hear with friends- 4 adults and 4 young kids. The staff was very accomidating and the food was served timely and in generous portions.
Favorite Dish: Again, pizza is always safe and very good here. The bigoli al antra (a pasta with duck sauce) is typical of the vicenza area.
Trattoria "Leoncino" is one of the best restaurants in area of Vicenza. It is situated in Altavilla Vicentina, a few kilometres in approaching to the city of Vicenza.
Trattiria means that it is not a fancy designed restaurant, but a place where you can enjoy in the excellent food.
The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Favorite Dish: - The first dish I had was "Tavola freda", various kind of seafood,
- then I ordered "Baccala al Vicentino con polenta" (cod-fish with hard corn-mush ), which is the speciality of Vicenza,
- a quarter of Pinot frizzante
The price I paid; Euros 25,00
First time I visited Giada I couldn't believe the number of diners enjoying fish and of all things...pizza. My friends told me this was a popular place because the food is great and the prices are reasonable. They weren't kidding.
I have been back 3 times now and the food quality is never less than exceptional. The service is efficient and courteous.
They serve all kind of fish specialties and the fish is always fresh.
I have never had pizza here but I have seen a lot of pizzas while there and their pizzas look perfectly cooked and have lots of items on the top. What is up there is not skimpy to say the least. The first time I was there my fish was so good, I was wondering why people would choose pizza over the fish, but after seeing the pizzas I realize that this was a special place that served both items well.
It is also funny to know that the building also houses their hotel, so if you have too much wine, you can stay there. :-)
Giada is just outside of Vicenza.
Directions from their website is found below.
You don't need reservations. Can pay by credit card
Favorite Dish: Fried (misti) fish
Scallops served in their shell
It was just okay. WE had pannini and bruschetta. The chips and condiments were offered freely, but that probably was because of the volume of wine we had. The frizzante or presecco are the favorites in the Vento region, sparkly and good.
The locals hang out here and sample the vino and smoke in the garden at front.
They serve a wide range of food here. From just a pannini to a full meal, with a buffet food line/cafeteria if you want it.
Favorite Dish: The pasta with formaggio and vedere was very good. Salad misto and normal salads were big and good dressing to accompany
He provided his "specialty made plates" to sample. That was one plate of olives, pickles, onions, and vederi. Another plate was of the local formaggio/cheeses, with 4 different types to try. The other plate was sausage/salsiccia of 4 varieties. Overall the lunch was good, but wished we may have ordered something of more unique variety. Bruno, however, is insistant on doing the best for you and does please the customer very much. SAndwiches also can be purchased, and a standing bar up front allows a quick sip of cafe or vino and gone.
The food is not the only reason to stop. Bruno is a lively and freindly person and knows English. He lived in New Jersey 10 years.
The pizzas were okay but not outstanding. One night ,wE had a pane e maize (creamed corn topping).
The pizzas were being made just about as fast as if you were in a Pizza Hut restaurant in the United States. Many of the locals living within a few blocks come here to order. The time it takes is no more than 10 minutes to get your pizza. That is almost all there is being served, even though have calzoni, and some other convenience food.
The food was okay, but not outstanding. The soups were very good, and got a sip of a Chinese apertif that was unique; not harsh, but like a plum wine. I expected more for the authentic environment that we were in. The servers spoke Chinese and Italiano, and maybe some English.
Favorite Dish: Chicken and snow peas.