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Hungry in Munich --best Italian rest. and also traditional German rest. with vegetarian options

Travelling in 2 weeks to Germany including Munich. Staying at a B&B in the old city of Munich without a car.

One family member can eat anything, another family member is vegetarian, but eats fish and dairy.

What are your personal recommendations for restaurants in the old city (old part ) of Munich for:

-- Italian restaurants
-- traditional German but with vegetarian/seafood options
-- moderate price - non-touristy if possible - family members can understand German

My research shows that German restaurants in that part of the city have a few vegetarian options, but I am looking for the RickSteves community members who have recently visited and can give some honest recommendations. You always provide helpful advice.

Thank you!

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I didn’t do much research into Italian restaurants in Munich. I did have a nice meal at Eataly. It’s not far from the viktualienmarket.

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-- traditional German but with vegetarian/seafood options

In Bavaria, that's almost a contradiction. My personal recommendations: (1) Brünnstein, Elsässer Strasse, a few steps from the Ostbahnhof (Munich East) (2) Wirtshaus in der Au, Lilienstrasse 51, (3) Schneider Bräuhaus, Im Tal (one of the smaller Beer Halls; try the "Marie's Rendezvous" wheat beer) (4) Marktwirt, Heiliggeistrasse (a small alley east of the Vikualienmarkt, a bit upscale)

-- moderate price - non-touristy if possible - family members can understand German

Gasthof Deutsche Eiche, Reichenbachstrasse 13 (200m south of the Viktualienmarkt). The oldest Munich gay restaurant, but open to everybody.

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Thank you sla019 and Rocket for your responses.
Traditional German food is delicious. It is also nice to have some vegetarian /Italian options for vegetarians or just to vary the food choice selections after a week of eating traditional German food .
Keep sending your recommendations, Rick Steves Readers. Thank you!

Any good pizzerias near Old City Munich (Viktualienmarkt)? I'm sure Eataly has one as mentioned in prior post. Any other pizza places?

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I was in Munich with my vegetarian daughter a year ago. We were there for only a day (day a day trip from Salzburg). We went to Augustiner Keller on the Marienplatz. I had been there before. We love the atmosphere and there seem to be many locals. My daughter had no difficulty eating vegetarian. My recollection was that she had several options. I have also been to the Augustiner Keller with a beer garden close to the train station where we again saw locals. It is a fun place, but I can't recall if there are vegetarian options at that location. My daughter is very flexible so she is typically willing to get a few sides when necessary. We all love the red cabbage!

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A word of warning about pizza! What they call Pepperoni is not the reddish-brown sausage we are used to, but what we call pepperoncini - hot, pickled, yellowish peppers. I found that out the hard way, first in Munich, then again in the Alto Adige region in northern Italy.

What we call pepperoni is sometimes called Peperoniwurst in Germany.

Although fish from the sea seems to be less common in Bavaria, I had some great Forelle (trout) in Munich. Another vegetarian favorite of mine, that can be found in Munich, is Käsespätzle, the Schwabisch version of mac n cheese. It's made with Spätzle, the little dough dumplings layered with Swiss style cheeze, Käse, baked, and topped with fried onions.

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I had "pepperoni" pizza in Munich and I think they referred to it as "salami".

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While on a RS tour this year we had a group dinner at Ratskeller in Marienplatz. There were vegetarians in the group. I believe they were served large mixed salads. Not sure if this was a standard menu item or one off accommodation.

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We ate at La Vecchia Masseria on May 29 and it was excellent food, generous helpings, we ate outside and it was very pleasant. Servers were not the friendliest but didn't really detract from the meal, it was great. This is not right in the city center , it's at Mathildenstrasse 3 a little northwest of Sendlinger Tor.

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Thank you for all of your replies and for taking the time to respond.
Sharing your experiences helps so much in planning.

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ae,

One restaurant that I'd highly recommend is Opatija. They have two outlets in the city, one close to the Hofbrauhaus and one close to Viktualien Market. I normally order Italian when I dine there, but I recall that they have a variety of different types of food on the menu (not sure about vegetarian, I've never looked).

I always stop there at least once on each visit to Munich, and I've never been disappointed in the food.