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Vicenza Eat & Drink Guide!

Vicenza Eat & Drink Guide!

If you are a professional in the Jewellery market you probably have visited Vicenza in Italy.

This guide will help you find the best restaurants and bars during your business trip to Vicenza!

WHERE TO EAT: If you want to impress your guests


For this list, I tried to include a lot of ~typical~ Italian places, or places that have a story behind them that you can only find in Italy. All of these places will include meals your family members or visitors will remember, and have stellar food and service, at a variety of price points.

Molin Vecio

We seriously love this restaurant, which translates to “old mill” in Venetian dialect, because it’s literally in an old mill. It’s a really impressive place to take guests, because you can even do a little tour during your mill, and wander their herb garden in their spring and summer. My favorite dish is the mixed fried herbs and vegetables, but we’ve literally never had a bad dish there. They also have a lot of wonderful gifts, like pretty hand-drawn prints of local flowers, architecture and other Italian goodies.
Reservations needed?: Recommended
Neighborhood: Caldogno
Address: Via Giaroni, 116, 36030 Caldogno
Price point: $$-$$$

Trattoria Lovise

Hands down my favorite restaurant in all of Vicenza, Lovise is the epitome of Italian home cooking to me. The restaurant is actually also a bed and breakfast, and you can often dine there with an older Italian crowd — because they know where the good food is. We like to take guests there because they have a beautiful garden and an adorable display of copper lining the walls, but I also love to go for lunches with my girlfriends and we’ve even held baby showers there! My favorite dish is a tie between the fettuccine all’astice (fettuccine noodles with lobster), the seasonal asparagus pasta and the pumpkin ravioli, but the gnocchi ragu is great too, and they do a pretty good salad bar.
Reservations needed?: No
Neighborhood: Costabissara
Address: Via G. Marconi, 22, 36030 Costabissara
Price point: $$

Al Paradiso da Tranquilli

This restaurant is great for guests because it’s downtown and they have a great outdoor section for dining, where you get the full Italian effect with occasional violin players and yeah, even the peddling rose guys. If you wanna go super fancy, get the champagne and truffle risotto, which comes with quite a show, with the chef coming out to shave the truffles in front of you (guests love that!), but my favorite dish is the parmesan and truffle pasta dish. Their pizza is damn good too.
Reservations needed?: No, but recommended to eat outside
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: Contra Pescherie Vecchie 11, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $$

Il Ceppo

If you want very typical local Venetian cuisine, Il Ceppo is the place to go, with a huge selection of bacala (the local Vicentino codfish) and plenty of bigoli all’anatra (fat spaghetti noodles with duck sauce). They’re only open for lunch, but they’ve got a fun menu and an even more fun wine selection. Dine on their small outdoor patio, or beat the heat in their wine cellar. It’s also a great place for takeout meals, as they have an excellent deli counter with ready-to-eat pasta and dishes, and they’re a great place for gourmet gifts, with a grocery selection with a lot of beautiful items.
Reservations needed?: Recommended
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: Corso Andrea Palladio, 196, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $$

Ristorante il Castello

The views are what make this place impressive. This gorgeous, huge restaurant sits at the top of a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside — and of course, you can dine right next to it, or inside next to the cozy fire.
Reservations needed?: Recommended
Neighborhood: Hills on the west side of town
Address: Via Castello, 2, 36050 Montemezzo
Price point: $$

WHERE TO EAT : If you want something good, fast and tasty for you and your colleagues!

Tony’s Pizzeria

We can argue in circles about who has the best pizza in Vicenza, but Tony’s gets my vote, plus the family that runs it is so dang sweet. Even though it’s far from our house, my husband and I regularly make the trek over there to eat-in or get pizza to go, because it’s just that good.
Reservations needed?: Recommended to eat in
Neighborhood: Vicenza proper (near Laghetto)
Address: Via Maffeo Todeschini 66, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $

Vecchia Fattoria

While not the peak of Italian cuisine, I can’t hate on Vecchia Fattoria and their old farm aesthetic. It’s a favorite for a reason, with a huge menu and a huge restaurant inside, and it’s an easy place to go to meet other couples for dinner or host a big group that’ll make everyone happy.
Reservations needed?: Recommended
Neighborhood: Torri di Quartesolo
Address: Via Roma 286, 36040 Torri di Quartesolo
Price point: $

Al Portego

Located near Ederle, Al Portego is neither hip or cute, but their food is consistent, good and cheap. I love meeting friends here for lunch because of their 10€ prix fixe menu, which includes water/wine, primo, secondo and bread — you can’t beat that, and it’s better than a lot of places that surround the base.
Reservations needed?: No
Neighborhood: Near Caserma Ederle
Address: Strada Dell’Ospedaletto 104, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $

Dai Gelosi

A base favorite because of it’s 12€ fresh prix fixe lunch and huge dining areas, Dai Gelosi never disappoints and is a stand-by for a reason.
Reservations needed?: No
Neighborhood: Quinto Vicentino
Address: Via Aldo Moro, 75, 36050 Quinto Vicentino
Price point: $$

WHERE TO DRINK

It’s not like Italy has a shortage of places to drink, but sometimes a good cocktail or a trendy atmosphere can be hard to find! These are all places you can meet up with friends to just grab a drink, whether that’s a mixed drink or a spritz.

La Meneghina

Though they need to up their cocktail game, La Meneghina is probably one of the cutest bars in Vicenza and their snacks are on point. We usually grab a spritz or a glass of Soave here and sit on the piazza, or in the back room if it’s cold (they even have a downstairs!).
Reservations needed?: No
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: Contrà Camillo Benso Cavour, 18, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $

L’Ultima Spiaggia (Beach Bar)

This place was gone for a summer while we’ve lived here and it was ~so~ missed. While it’s only seasonal, it’s one of the hippest spots in Vicenza during the summer and we cannot resist their damn good mojitos. They make really excellent cocktails (and non-alcoholic juices for those who aren’t drinking!) and it’s a fun vibe, sitting on the “beach” along the riverside. There’s often live music, too.
Reservations needed?: No
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: Piazza S. Biagio, 1, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $$

Bar Borsa

The tried and true bar of Vicenza, you can’t go wrong with Bar Borsa, with its seating in the picturesque Basilica and the best cocktail menu in all the city. They also do brunch, which is a rare find in Vicenza, though my favorite is their campfire cocktail.
Reservations needed?: To eat inside, yes
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: Piazza dei Signori, 26, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $$

La Terrazza della Basilica (Basilica Rooftop Bar)

A great place to impress guests is the rooftop of the Palladian-designed Basilica, which serves as a great tour guide destination as well as a hot drink spot. You do have to pay to get in, but active duty members and children get in for free, and getting their seasonal pass for 5€ is definitely worth it if you plan to go more than once. Their drink menu is pretty standard, with a good Aperol spritz and spritz hugo, but they also seem to be making a pretty popular mojito at the moment.
Reservations needed?: Not available, but it can get crowded
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: Piazza dei Signori, 42, 36100 Vicenza
Price point: $

Magia di Barbarano

Not exactly a bar, this winery missed my winery round-up when I wrote it, and I almost kept it off this list because I wanted to keep it hidden! Magia is one of my favorite wineries in town, both because they’re not far from Vicenza and because their wine is super drinkable and approachable and their winery is gorgeous. Magia’s snack game is impressive, and one of my favorite parts is also Jacomo, the youngest member of the winery’s family, because, let’s be honest — he looks like a Disney prince. Their sparkling tai rosso is something I buy by the case every time I visit, and they also have a lot of really great events, like harvest parties, that are worth going to!
Reservations needed?: Recommended
Neighborhood: Berici Hills
Address: Via San Martino 29, 36021 Barbarano Vicentino
Price point: $

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