Osaka is affectionately known throughout Japanese history as kuidaore, meaning a place which is “extravagant with food”. A vibrant and colorful area boasting a picturesque mountainside and seafront location, where better to embark on a culinary adventure? Osaka is a crossroads of international cuisine, and is the home to many top-notch establishments serving delicious dishes, with a particular specialty in Italian food. The Culture Trip provides you with a guide to the five best Italian food spots in the city.
Alto Tritone is a tiny restaurant set opposite Osaka Station. The owner and head chef here was trained in Italy for four years before relocating to Japan, so you can rest assured that he knows what he’s doing when it comes to tasty Italian food. There are plenty of pasta dishes here as well as many meat options. Don’t miss the scallopine all gorgonzola,or the rich and decadent tirimisu.
Italian Restaurant La Veduta is located on the 12th floor of the prestigious St Regis Osaka hotel. Whether you are visiting for the large buffet breakfast, the light lunch menu or the extravagant dinner course, this restaurant never fails to serve up tasty dishes in a simply gorgeous setting. An assortment of Western and Japanese plates are on offer here, a top pick of which is the duck ragout with beef rossini.
La Piccola Cucina is a cozy, clean and friendly establishment which serves as a top spot in which to dine with a group of friends or a loved one. The chef here is an expert in his craft and creates unbeatable pasta dishes, including a fragrant bolognaise as well as the signature galiotto e igloo and ronni scottsdito options. There’s an array of wine and beer choices to follow your meal, too.
Located on the top floor of the Swissotel, Tavola 36 offers nightly live entertainment along with authentic Italian dishes prepared by a talented culinary team. The tomato Tuscany soup is creamy and moreish here, and the wagyu beef with lobster tail and truffle sauce is the house special, an interesting blend of Italian and Japanese cuisines. A top choice for those seeking some energetic entertainment with their food.
Mode Di Ponte Vecchio has a bustling and vibrant atmosphere as well as, handily for non-native speakers, a completely English menu. Stop here for a breathtaking view of the city whilst indulging in a plate of creamy pasta with white truffles, and if you still have room, don’t miss the dark and rich chocolate torte, a choice which oozes with sticky chocolate sauce.