Must-see restaurants in Friuli Venezia Giulia

  • Harry's Piccolo

    Trieste

    Trieste’s only Michelin-starred restaurant has an enviable setting on lovely Piazza dell’Unità. The menu is modern, executing classic ideas in innovative…

  • L'Osteria Salvagente

    Trieste

    After meeting Marco and Valentina, the 80-year-old couple who owned this old seafood place finally felt comfortable passing on their life's work. It's…

  • Caffetteria Torinese

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Twice the winner of the best bar in Italy, Caffe Torinese has an unmatched location at the edge of Piazza Grande. Acclaimed for both its coffee, baked…

  • Hotel Neider Restaurant

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    This friendly small hotel has a super restaurant, where owner Danila fusses over her guests as if they were her own children; let her guide your choices…

  • Ristorante Laite

    Sappada

    Sappada’s Michelin-starred Laite is presided over by Fabrizia Meroi, Michelin's 2018 female chef of the year. It has just 18 seats set in two romantic…

  • La Subida

    Cormòns

    A famous family-run inn, with border-crossing dishes and ingredients – rabbit, boar, flowers and berries – that bring the landscape to the plate in a very…

  • La Frasca

    Udine

    A frasca is similar to an osmize, a rustic place serving salumi (cured meats) and wine, and takes its name from the same practice of hanging a branch out…

  • L'Alimentare

    Udine

    A bright, young, cool, casual and friendly addition to Udine's dining scene, L'Alimentare serves up eat-in or takeaway meals that strike out beyond the…

  • Ristorante Mondschein

    Sappada

    Presided over by the meticulous Paolo Kratter, who wears his embroidered leather lederhosen with tremendous style, Mondschein is a stunning restaurant…

  • Vitello d'Oro

    Udine

    Udine’s oldest restaurant, dating to 1849, now has a new lease of life courtesy of its fabulous new interior, which reveals the beauty of the restaurant's…

  • Tavernetta all'Androna

    Grado

    Hidden down a narrow alley behind the basilica, this elegant family restaurant enjoys a tiny piazza all to itself. Take a seat and let your host guide you…

  • Al Gallo

    Pordenone

    Bright, forward-looking Al Gallo is all crisp white walls and vibrant blue, sea-inspired paintings by Grado artist Gianni Maran. It sets the scene…

  • De Scarpon

    Trieste

    No fuss, no frills, just a large, vintage dining room with tiled floors and walls huge with theatre posters, and an utterly authentic Giulian menu. Fish…

  • Rustiko

    Trieste

    This colourful and chaotic fast-food joint may be the size of a train carriage, but it has a big Serbian personality. Come early to grab one of the four…

  • La Buteghe di Pierute

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    A warm and welcoming mountain restaurant in Illegio, with heavy wood-beamed ceilings and a beautiful hand-carved bar. The plate of cold cuts and cheese is…

  • Gelato Marco

    Trieste

    The crush spilling out the door and down the street says it all: San Marco is Trieste’s best gelateria. Gelato and sorbet (many of them dairy and gluten…

  • Ai Bintars

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    No menu, no fuss, no kerbside appeal; simply serves the best prosciutto and salami alongside small plates of marinated vegetables, local cheeses and…

  • Al Bagatto

    Trieste

    This old-timer, with its dark, brooding dining room, does a Triestine seafood degustazione – a crudo (raw fish) and something involving squid ink will…

  • Trattoria Nerodiseppia

    Trieste

    A simple place that's full of youthful enthusiasm. The menu keeps it simple – fish ragù, fish tartares, risotto with local clams, fritto misto (fried…

  • Ristorante Ai Fiori

    Trieste

    As the pretty name suggests (fiori means 'flower'), there's a dedication to the seasons at this discreet little restaurant and an emphasis on freshness…

  • Oggi

    Udine

    If you're lucky, one of the owners of this fabulous Friulian startup, Andrea, will be on hand to take you through Oggi's 0km ethos. Gelato here is made…

  • Da Siora Rosa

    Trieste

    Opened before WWII, the family-run Siora Rosa is one Trieste's best-loved traditional buffets (bar-restaurants). Sit outside or in the wonderfully retro…

  • Zero Miglia Osteria di Mare

    Grado

    Grado’s Fishing Cooperative isn’t joking when they tell you the food here has travelled 0km. Cuttlefish, mullet, sea bass, mussels et al are fished during…

  • Rosenbar

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Rosenbar is a traditional dining room set in an airy shop front. It's known for attention to detail, in both preparation and in the always-local and…

  • Gelateria Soban

    Trieste

    Chiara Soban is from a family of artisan gelato makers originally from the idyllic Val di Zoldo in the Dolomites. Now a Gambero Rosso award-winning…

  • La Campana d’Oro

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Besides its goulash, La Campana d’Oro prepares delicate dishes such as smoked goose breast, fish soup, and fettucine with wine-soused clams, as well as…

  • Maanja Restaurant

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Part of Residence Sauris 811, this is a surprisingly urban space, with dramatic black-slate floors, long rustic-modern fir tables and contemporary Italian…

  • L'Osteria del Vento

    Trieste

    For the city's best table with harbour views, head to Eataly's upstairs osteria. Clean and serene tones and nice use of wood offset the bustle, and the…

  • Chimera di Bacco

    Trieste

    Much more than the 'picolo enotect' that it describes itself as, La Chimerina does an interesting regional menu of both local seafood and meat. Don't miss…

  • 040 Social Food

    Trieste

    Global neo-burger joint meets Triestini sophistication in this casual Canal Grande–side place. Yes there are exposed bricks and pendant lights and boys in…

  • Antico Leon d'Oro

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Eat in the courtyard of this friendly, festive place, just over the Ponte del Diavolo, and, if you're in luck, watch a polenta cook stir the pot. Dishes…

  • Fred

    Udine

    Fred's dark wood and produce-lined shelves are of the stylish variety but there's a very traditional attention to detail here at what is at heart a…

  • Marise

    Trieste

    While Marise proclaims itself to be but a simple trattoria, there's a moody elegance to the grey-toned walls and marble-topped tables and a sophisticated…

  • Terazzo Tamai

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    A short drive from Tolmezzo and a cable car or snowmobile ride up into the Carnic Alps and you'll find this lively spot. There's an all-day sausage stand…

  • Joia

    Trieste

    A smart, calm place presided over by Neapolitan chef Pasquale Sorrentino who specialises in local fish and seafood dishes as well as serving top-quality…

  • Caffè Tomaso

    Udine

    Local produce and fresh takes on Friulian standards are served in this dark and highly atmospheric dining room filled with bright wooden furniture under a…

  • Angry Diamond

    Trieste

    Despite its high glamour clubby interior, Angry Diamond is welcoming, serious about the food it serves and great value. Taking Trieste's meaty obsession…

  • Ittiturismo La Terrazza

    La Costiera Triestina

    This open-air restaurant is located on the rooftop terrace of Muggia’s fish market and is run by the fishermen's cooperative. It's a simple affair with…

  • Trattoria Ai Tre Amici

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Simple decor and a short menu featuring Mitteleuropean dishes are the hallmarks of this trattoria where the pasta is homemade and the bread is baked in a…

  • Trattoria alla Frasca

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    This family-run trattoria in the historic centre focuses its energy on showcasing the region's wild mushrooms. They come with pappardelle pasta and bacon,…