5 best Vicenza restaurants to try
In this post, I want to share with you the best Vicenza restaurants, which also includes desserts and snacks.
If there’s one thing I never tire of when in Italy, it’s starting the day with something sweet for breakfast. Whether it’s a cream-filled, or chocolate brioche, the choice is immense and ridiculously good.
Where is Vicenza?
The city of Vicenza is a small city in the northeast of Italy, in the region of Veneto.
Padova-born architect, Andrea Palladio, designed many of the city’s landmarks, include the Basilica Palladiana and the closed-air theater, Teatro Olimpico. On the outskirts of the city center is the magnificent Villa Rotonda.
Being in Italy, good places to eat and drink are aplenty. And, In the historic center of Vicenza, there are several places that serve up delicious eats.
1. Pasticcerica Venezia SNC
Pasticceria Venezia is one of the oldest — and also one of the best — patisserie places in Vicenza.
In fact, the shop stretches back to 4 generations of the Ferracina family, and the quality’s evident in the products. Take my word and visit on an empty stomach.
The range of croissants, which they call brioche in the north, is varied and baked to perfection. Flavors range from brioche filled with cream, jelly, and my favorite, almond.
Be sure to arrive earlier than later, as once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Also on the menu — Vicenza restaurants
Pasticceria Venezia is also famous for its selection of artisan chocolates and fragrant mille-feuille. One of the sons learned his craft in France and Belgium; countries known for their excellent patisserie.
The dainty macarons are bite-sized pieces of deliciousness, and the cappuccino keeps me coming back for more.
Contra Pescaria 4, 36100 Vicenza
2. Antica Pasticceria Sorarù
Stepping through the front door of Antica Pasticceria Sorarù is akin to walking into a sweet shop from the past.
Locals know it as Sorarù so there’s no need to repeat the full name. As the name suggest, its antique look and design is a sweet slice of nostalgia. In fact, it almost reminds me of the sweet shop from the classic film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Take some home — Vicenza restaurants
Small in size, the patisserie gets very full, very quickly.
Glass jars filled with boiled sweets line the brass shelves. On the wooden counter are even more goodies with which to tempt you. Sorarù also sells sweet brioche type bread rolls with prosciutto and cheese, or just cheese. The danger here is that they’re small enough in size, you’ll want to eat more than one.
Sorarù also sells cakes that make an ideal gift for loved ones, or for yourself. The plum cake here is moist, bursting with fruit, and a good accompaniment with coffee or tea.
Piazetta Palladio 17, Vicenza
The neighboring city of Verona is just 30 minutes away from Vicenza. While in the historic city, be smart and skip the lines by booking ahead for some of the top attractions.
“Be sure to arrive earlier than later, as once the brioche is finished, it’s finished.”
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“…the danger here is that they’re small enough in size, you’ll want more than one.”
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3. Pasticceria Bolzani — best dessert places in Vicenza
Pasticceria Bolzani is a patisserie shop local to Vicenza, with 3 branches in the city. Founder Carlo Bolzani was originally from Bologna, but moved to Vicenza after finishing school. He opened the first shop in 1963 on Contra XX Settembre, followed subsequently by 2 more.
Inside, the atmosphere’s always warm and welcoming, and the sweets worth every calorie. My favorite brioche here is the ricotta con uva (ricotta with raisin): flaky, buttery and with the perfect amount of sweet cheesy filling.
During the festive season, Bolzani also sells holiday classics like pandoro and panettone, as well as handmade cakes to take home. In case you’re in the mood for something savory, try the tramezzini on offer. These small sandwiches are made using the store’s freshly baked bread and come in a variety of fillings. It’s a salty alternative to the many sweets on display.
4. Fiaschetteria Da Renzo
One of the best pastimes in Italy is the art of aperitivo.
Frankly speaking, there’s not much art involved — more eating and drinking — but it’s something Italians do very well. And when in Vicenza, the best place for tartine is Fiaschetteria Da Renzo.
This no-frills bar with wooden tables and chairs is a local favorite to take a quick aperitivo. Its laid-back atmosphere is ideal for having a spritz, prosecco, and of course for trying a few tartine.
These small delicate sandwiches are a gastronomic work of art in itself. Toppings range from prosciutto and mushroom, to truffle and white asparagus.
Extra touches — Vicenza restaurants
The homemade mayonnaise they put on the bread is a real talking point here, simply because it’s that delicious. To keep the tartine from getting soggy, they only add the mayonnaise once you place your order.
You can eat a tartine anytime of the day, but try to come for an early evening aperitivo. When in Veneto, a perfect pairing is a few tartine served with an Aperol spritz or a glass of prosecco.
36 Contra Frasche Del Gambero, 36100, Vicenza
“…I adore the atmosphere in this bar, and am always happy to return.”
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5. La Meneghina
A slightly bigger and crustier version of the tartina, La Meneghina offers a mouthwatering selection of panini.
Very close to the Basilica Palladiana, I adore the atmosphere in this bar, and am always happy to return.
In colder temperatures, there’s an intimate seating area in the back that’s so cozy, you won’t want to leave.
I haven’t yet tried all the different variations of panini, but so far, I’ve not been disappointed. Toppings vary day to day, but there’s always something to entice every palate.
Which of these Vicenza restaurants would you like to try? Leave me a comment below, I’m always curious to know.
Contrà Camillo Benso Cavour, 18, 36100 Vicenza
Till next time, happy boutique travels x
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