Al Pellegrino: A good meal adjacent to Monte Berico
This restaurant is located just in front of the Monte Berico Church. It offers good food and excellent views over Vicenza and the surrounding area. During nice weather, you can sit out on the huge terrace and take in the vista (2nd photo is taken from the terrace).
The restaurant is a large facility, with a bar/ fast food type area for a quick snack or Gelato. The Restaurant area is pleasant but not to formal.
We've eaten here a couple times and have always had good prompt service and great food, to include sea food, pastas, and main dishes. The Pizza?s great; the kids like to watch as the pizza?s being prepared and cooked in the wood fired oven.
I'd recommend reservations for Fri-Sun seating. The receptionist has understood English when I?ve called.
Favorite Dish: We can't resist the calamari fritta. Also, the pasta frutti di mare is excelent and huge portion. Just be prepared to shell some of the fish.
Sette Santi: Another Good restaurant at Monte Berico
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.
Ristorante Al Paradiso: Good, comfortable local eats, central Vicenza
We've been to this ristorante pizzaria a few times and have never been dissapointed. Quailty food in a nice but casual environment. When the weather is nice, grab at one of the many tables they set out in the small sqaure. Inside is small on the first floor, ask for a table upstairs for a more intimate environment.
All dishes we've sampled have been great. Pizza's are great from thier wood fired oven, and always a good choice if you are on a budget. We're not fans of the local dish "Bacala alla Vicentino", but prepared here is as good as anywhere else.
All in all, a top chioce for good food at reasonable prices in the center of town.
Favorite Dish: All has been good- they've got fresh calamari fritte, good bigoli al'antra (a local dish, small pasta with a duck ragu), and good pizza from the wood fired oven.
Zi Teresa: Zi' Teresa - not impressive
Well this ones mentioned in Mr. Steves' guide book so we thought we'd give it a try. We were dissapointed with the food. The setting is pleasant enough, wait staff was nice, but as far as the eats, you'd probably do better in any one of the other Restaurants close by. In particular, we asked what the waiter might recommend and that dish (a creamy gnocci dish) was hardly edible. This is one restaurant in Vicenza that I would not return to.
Instead, head a block north then right on contra Pescherie Vecchie- there's a small square with a few decent restaurants including Ristorante Pizzeria Paradiso- great food here at good prices, local atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: nothing memorable, you probably can't go wrong with a pizza though if you find yourself at a table here.
Tutto Gelato: Best Gelato in town?
This place is touted as the Best gelato in town, we agree. They deal with gelato and a few other sweets, and seem to have perfected it. Making all thier icecream products on site.
The staff is very nice. There's not really any place to sit down inside, just get some icecream and stroll around.
The street that it is down is a small alley off of Contra Garibadi, between the Duomo and Piazza Dei Signori. Heading from the Duomo, make your first left and you should see the big icecream cone down a little ways on the left.
Favorite Dish: Quite a wide variety of flavors here, all that we've sampled so far has been great.
Ristorante Al Pellegrino: Dining Atop Monte Berico
At the top of Monte Berico is Ristorante Al Pellegrino, named after the pilgrims who've visited the grand Santuario de Monte Berico for centuries. It is located opposite the basilica.
The restaurant has several components: a bar/caffe with pastries in the lobby (photo #2); a self-service display of hot dishes, cold sandwiches and salads; an upstairs elegant restaurant, often for groups (photo #3); and the pizzeria (photo # 4), where I ate lunch. Adjacent to the pizzeria is the outdoor terrace pictured, with wonderful views, although barely open on a somewhat chilly day in April.
The restaurant upstairs has a full menu of many selections, mostly based on seafood, and with an emphasis on "cooking a la vicentine." The pizzeria offers about 40 types of wood-oven-fired pizza, as well as some of the restaurant offerings. Service is quick and very friendly, although this place might get very busy during the height of summer.
Favorite Dish: With a hankering for pizza at lunch, I enjoyed a small, thin crust anchovy pizza, which tasted very Neopolitain (Euro 5), with a Barbera red wine. This was a fine spot for a casual lunch after the staircase walk up Monte Berico (see Tip).
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Antica Casa della Malvasia: Hot Spot for Locals
After you've investigated all the magnificent Palladian architecture of Vicenza's center -- the Piazza dei Signori -- what better time than to have lunch at a place frequented by locals?
The Antica Casa della Malvasia is so well known, it didn't even have a sign out front at the time of my visit. It's located on a quiet cobblestoned lane right adjacent to the main Piazza. It was full of locals, business people, and a local family or two when I visited in April.
The ambience inside is charmingly rustic -- light and airy with a marble-tiled floor, a big fireplace, and brick-vaulted arches that divide the restaurant into several more intimate dining areas. There's also outdoor seating for warm weather.
The menu differs not only by day of the week, but also by season, as the restaurant strives to tailor its offerings to the available local produce du jour. A neighboring table was having a small pasta dish done simply with chopped arugula and asagio cheese, and a side of courgette flowers in batter. Sformato is also served -- a lasagna-like dish with artichokes and sharp cheese. The wine list is very extensive. Service is fast and unobtrusive.
On Tuesdays and some Thursday nights, the restaurant has entertainment such as jazz, and apparently is very popular on these evenings (reserve for dinner ahead). Closed Mondays, and possibly the first two weeks of August.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed a pasta dish of small spinach seashells bathed in a lamb ragout (conchiglietti verdi al ragu di agnello), which was so flavorful I could have eaten two platefuls. This was accompanied by a mixed salad (insalata mista) loaded with enough vegetables to keep a vegetarian very happy. Prices are very moderate. A fine glass of red valpolicella, which comes from nearby Verona, is only Euro 2.50.
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Pitanta: Cheap fish and wine
If you like fish and wine, go to Pitanta near Ponte degli Angeli, in Contrà Sta. Lucia. There you can drink wine at 60cts a glass, and pay the same for sardines in saura and a bit more for other pieces of fish. It’s a bit like tapas in Spain. No cover charge, no first or second course, you just order what you want. If you want the equivalent of a meal it won’t cost more than about 5 or 6 euro.
Best time to go is early evening for aperitifs.
Favorite Dish: Sardini in saura, sardines fried, and then marinated in onion fried in the same fat, and vinegar. Just right for washing down plenty of white wine.
Trattoria "Leoncino": Trattoria is another word for eating well
Trattoria "Leoncino" is one of those restaurants where customer does not cry, but with pleasure pay account, no matter how big that account was. It is situated in Altavilla Vicentina, a few kilometers in approaching to the city of Vicenza. When driving car in the direction of Vicenza, before entering into the city there is a suburb called Altavilla Vicentina. There is a petrol station (Tamoil), on the left side of the road, immediately followed by a small hotel "Corona", in front of which is a yard for parking cars. The entrance to "Leoncino" is from that yard.
Trattoria 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: "Leoncino" has excellent reputation and therefore it is recommended to pre-book a table, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Vicentini are gourmands who like to enjoy in good food and abundant portions. I've been several times in this restaurant and every time I was delighted with exquisitely prepared food. The area of Vicenza is famous for its special preparation of cod fish and therefore I strongly recommend the following menu:
- The first dish I had was "Tavola fredda" (snack bar), with 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 (fizzy wine fits the best with cod-fish)
The price I paid; Euros 25,00
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La Badia: Traditional Vicenza fare
The Drive-in has recently been taken over by a lady from Naples, Vincenza, and the menu has changed to more traditional Italian food. The wine is good, it's closed on Mondays, and the food is still cheap.
Favorite Dish: Squid, sardines and so on.
My favorite restaurant in Vicenza is run by Ale & Bruno, two crazy friends who have struck gold with their local cuisine. This place is always packed, so call a couple days in advance for reservations!
FYI: Neither these two characters, nor the rest of the staff, speak English and the daily menus are mostly in dialect.
Favorite Dish: Anything!! The bigoli all'anitra' here is some of the best I've had in Vicenza. And I'm pretty sure that their bistecca is the biggest, juiciest slab of meat served in the Veneto.
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Osteria al Vecchio Alpino-Bruno's BAttistel: BAssano Grappo-Super Friendly Owner with Pizaz
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.
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Pizzeria Vesuvio: Hot Pizza
Vesuvio offers great pizza at even greater prices. The calzones are huge and delicious, too, but unless you're adventurous, don't try the rest of the menu.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Athena- pizza "bianca" topped with white asparagas, gorgonzola, and spinach
La Cueva: Close to California Mexican Food
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.
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Pizzamania: Local Order shop
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.
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