Food and Drink
An attractive Italian man once told me, “food is love.” That notion certainly proves to be true when visiting Italy, because food is massive part of their cultural existence. Basically, any “osteria” or family-owned restaurant will provide a cultural (and very tasty!) experience for travelers.
First, you need to know the different types of restaurants...
Osteria: A tavern, wine bar, and basic restaurant all in one, an osteria is the least-formal of Italian dining options.
Pizzeria: Quite obviously, this is a pizza restaurant. Italian pizzerias traditionally have a wood-fired oven to cook their famously crispy pizzas, but these also serve pastas and salads. Prices are normally very cheap with a whole (massive!) pizza costing around $10 U.S. dollars.
Caffee: This is a coffee shop that usually serves standard sandwiches, pizzas, pastrys and various coffee drinks. Alcohol is also served in Italian cafes. Drink up!
Enoteca: A bar and restaurant that’s typically more wine-focused, enotecas serve a variety of small plates, like salads, nuts, chips, and snacks that pair with wine.
Osteria Santo Spirito: Located in an area where many locals live, this restaurant offers many classic Italian dishes.
Pino’s: This place is perfect for a quick, cheap, and tasty panini with friends.
Gusta Pizza: This pizzeria has the best Italian-style pizzas at a great price.
Mastrociliegia: Pizza is an art form in Italy, and this historical pizzeria still serves family recipes from decades ago.
Mekyadeh: This is a great place to grab a classic Italian coffee and have a quick rest after hours of walking around the city.
Oblate: This restaurant has absolutely stunning views of the Duomo.
One of Italy’s best traditions, apperitivo is more than just a ritual for Italians; it’s a time for friends to meet over drinks to chat, catch up, and wind down at the end of the day with beverages and salty snacks. Essentially, it’s an Italian-style “happy hour.”
Normally between 7 and 9 pm, most bars and restaurants offer apperitivo. Check out different spots and indulge in a table of snacks and cheap cocktails. Our favorite area to bar hop is Piazza Santo Spirito.