Where to eat the best desserts in Vicenza, Italy
Did someone say dessert! In this post, I want to share with you where to find the best desserts in Vicenza. 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 jam croissant, the choice is immense and ridiculously good.
Where is Vicenza? Best dessert places in Vicenza
The city of Vicenza is a small city in the northeast of Italy, in the region of Veneto. Though small and lesser known than neighboring Verona and Venice, it’s nonetheless a charming city to see. Vicenza’s also a place that’s become almost like a second home. Padua architect, Andrea Palladio, designed many of the city’s landmarks, include Basilica Palladiana and the closed-air theater, Teatro Olimpico.
Being in Italy, good places to eat and drink are aplenty. And In the historic center of Vicenza, there are several patisseries and bars that serve up delicious eats
The best desserts to try in Vicenza
Pasticcerica Venezia SNC — top dessert places in Vicenza
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, is varied and tastes heavenly in the mouth. Flavors range from brioche with cream, marmalade, and my favorite, almond. Be sure to arrive earlier than later, as once they’re gone, they’re gone.
The patisserie 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
Best desserts in Vicenza — Antica Pasticceria Sorarù
Stepping through the front door of Antica Pasticceria Sorarù is akin to walking into a sweet shop from the past. The 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.
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 simply 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 around 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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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.
Fiaschetteria Da Renzo — where to find the best desserts in Vicenza
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 tartina 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 tartina. These small delicate sandwiches are a gastronomic work of art in itself. Toppings range from prosciutto and mushroom, to truffle and white asparagus.
The homemade mayonnaise they put on the bread is a real talking point here, simply because it’s that delicious. To keep the tartina from getting soggy, they only add the mayonnaise once you place your order.
You can eat a tartine anytime of the day, but a visit here’s really ideal for an early evening aperitivo. When in Veneto, a perfect pairing is a few tartina 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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La Meneghina — best desserts in Vicenza
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.
The staff are friendly, helpful, and the service always comes with a smile. During summer, take the opportunity to sit outside, and partake in a little people watching. In colder temperatures, there’s an intimate seating area in the back that’s seriously 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 will be something to entice every palate.
Have you tried any of the patisseries or bars in Vicenza? If so, are there any you’d add to the list? Leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to try it (for research purposes of course!).
Contrà Camillo Benso Cavour, 18, 36100 Vicenza
Till next time, happy boutique travels x
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