Osteria Pantagruel

Top choice Italian

in Kyiv
Image by Pavlo Fedykovych
Image by Pavlo Fedykovych

Kyiv's best Italian restaurant has been around seemingly forever, churning out legendary homemade pasta and risotto in a whitewashed cellar smack next to Zoloti Vorota. The warm months see tables and chairs spill onto the square out the front – the perfect place for a beer on a summer evening, with a separate menu of cheaper Ukrainian fare and burgers.

The bronze cat across the road is a monument to Pantyusha, who once lived in the restaurant.