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Recommendations of Restaurants

Hello Group,

I am going to Italy for the first time next month and would love restaurant recommendations in Milan, Venice, Florence & Rome. I am a vegetarian but the other three do not have any food restrictions.


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The guidebooks covering those locations have numerous recommendations. If you don't want to buy the books, then check them out from your local library.

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Hi Polly,

We were just in Italy in mid June. Here are some of the places we ate that you might enjoy. Sorry for the length of the post, but wanted to give you a selection.

For restaurants, here are a few places that we enjoyed when we visited this past June.

Rosa Salva: near St. Mark’s Square, 5 minute walk. We had a wonderful lunch here with a great choice of pasta, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. Very good vegetarian options. It not very expensive, small seating area, and a great bathroom. They are well known for their pastries. Here is the link to the website:

Al Covo: special occasion restaurant with fresh and local ingredients. We had the most amazing fish, caught that day from the Adriatic. Great wine list and phenominal service. It is a 15 minute walk from St. Mark’s Square. Here is the link: They require reservations. Note that they have Vegetarian options. The staff here is super accommodating and if you go in your reservation request just let them know you are vegetarian.

Rossopomdoro: our college-aged girls wanted pizza one night and I was skeptical about getting great Pizza in Venice. This place is a real treat, 24-hour slow rise crust, the freshest ingredients, great wine list, and salads/pastas if you don’t want pizza. Reasonably priced. My niece who hates red sauce absolute fell in love with their red sauce (no ranch required :). My husband’s big regret is that he didn’t purchase the cookbook as we could not get it in the US when we got back. They take reservations, but they are not required. Here is the link:

I would also check out Skye Alpine’ food blog. Here is the link.

Florence: we took a food tour from Eating Italy that we loved, but there were no vegetarians in our group, so I can’t comment on how well the accommodate for vegetarians, but it was an amazing tour. Here is the link which also has references to local restaurants:,

The restaurant that I can recommend is Trattoria Pandemonio a restaurant on the other side of the Arno river. Local and fresh with some good vegetarian options. If you go you have to try the eggplant flan it is amazing. The service here is also outstanding, we celebrated my friend’s birthday and they brought him a special dessert and the entire restaurant sang happy birthday to him in Italian.

Rome: we look a food tour from Eating Italy in Trastevere, this was by far the best eating experiene we had on our trip. Our only regret was that we went on a Saturday towards the end of our trip and the vegan bakery and Suppli place were closed the next day on Sunday. Here is the link:

The other place that I would recommend is It is 5 minutes from the Pantheon, but not a tourist restaurant with fresh, local ingredients. Heavy on the meats in the mains, but great pastas and they are super accommodating. My husband and i found them at lunch one day and then took our group of 6 back to dinner the next night. Great selection of reasonably priced wines.

Hope you have a great trip.