Vicenza must-try snack bars and pasticcerias in the city
If there’s one thing I never tire of when in Italy, it’s starting the day eating something sweet for breakfast. Whether it’s a cream-filled or jam croissant, the choice is immense and ridiculously good.
The city of Vicenza is a small city in the northeast of Italy, in the region of Veneto. Though small and relatively unknown compared to neighbouring Verona and Venice, it’s a charming city and somewhere that’s become a second home. Vicenza is known for the stunning architectural buildings designed by Padua native, Andrea Palladio. This includes the Palladian Basillica and the closed-air theatre, Teatro Olimpico.
Being in Italy, good places to eat and drink are a given. And In the historic centre (centro storico) of Vicenza, there are several patisseries (pasticceria) and snack bars that serve up delicious treats, and many of them local too.
Snack bars and pasticcerias you must try in Vicenza historic centre
Pasticcerica Venezia SNC
Pasticceria Venezia is one of the oldest — and one of the best — pasticceria in Vicenza. In fact, the shop stretches back to 4 generations of the Ferracina family, and the quality is evident in the goods. Take my word and visit on an empty stomach. The range of croissants (in the north, they’re called cornetto) is varied and taste heavenly in the mouth. Flavours range from brioche con crema (cream), marmellata (marmalade) and my favourite, mandorla (almond). Be sure to arrive earlier than later, as once the brioche is finished, it’s finished.
The patisserie is also famous for its selection of artisan chocolates and fragrant millefeuille. With one of the sons having trained extensively in France and Belgium, you can only expect high quality here. The elegant and dainty macarons are bite-sized pieces of deliciousness, and the cappuccino is one of the best I’ve ever tried.
Contra Pescaria 4, 36100 Vicenza
Antica Pasticceria Sorarù
Stepping through the front door of Antica Pasticceria Sorarù is akin to walking into a sweet shop from the past. 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 old favourite sweets like cinnamon line the brass shelves. On the wooden counter are even more goodies to tempt you with. 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 more than one.
Antica Pasticceria Sorarù also sells a lot of treats that make the perfect gift for loved ones, or for yourself! The plum cake here is moist, bursting with fruit, and a perfect accompaniment with coffee or tea.
Piazetta Palladio 17, Vicenza
“Be sure to arrive earlier than later, as once the brioche is finished, it’s finished.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
“…the danger here is that they’re small enough in size, you’ll want more than one.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
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 favourite 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 savoury, you must the tramezzini on offer. These small sandwiches are made using the store’s freshly baked bread and come in a variety of fillings, including prosciutto or cheese. It’s a salty alternative to the many sweets on display.
Fiaschetteria Da Renzo
By far 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 if in Vicenza, probably the best place for tartina is Fiaschetteria Da Renzo.
This no-frills bar with wooden tables and chairs is a local favourite to take a quick aperitivo. Its laidback 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, with toppings ranging 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 to Fiaschetteria Da Renzo is 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. Buon appetito!
36 Contra Frasche Del Gambero, 36100, Vicenza
“…I adore the atmosphere in this bar, and am always happy to return.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
A slightly bigger and crustier version of the tartina, La Meneghina offers a mouthwatering selection of panini. Very close to the Basillica, I adore the atmosphere in this bar, and am always happy to return.
The staff are very 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 so cosy you won’t want to leave!
I haven’t yet tried all the different variations (!) of panini, but I’ve never been disappointed. Toppings vary from day to day, but there will be something to entice every palate.
Have you been to any of the bars and pasticcerias in Vicenza? Are there any you’d add to the list? Leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to try it (for research of course!).
Contrà Camillo Benso Cavour, 18, 36100 Vicenza
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