The 10 Best Restaurants In Assisi, Italy

Assis | © Roberto Ferrari/Flickr
Assis | © Roberto Ferrari/Flickr
Photo of Jonathan Stern
9 February 2017

Explore the hilly streets of Assisi and you are bound to work up an appetite. Don’t worry though, there are some fantastic restaurants in this historic Umbrian town, most of which offer the traditional cuisine of the region. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best.

Assisi | © Carolyn Sugg/Flickr

Osteria Piazzetta dell’Erba

The peaceful atmosphere at Osteria Piazzetta dell’Erba, matches that of Assisi in general. While fresh Italian ingredients are used, this is not your typical trattoria. Chef Matteo Bini puts a modern spin on the traditional Italian kitchen. Also, the location is superb, it’s just a few steps away from Assisi’s main square, Piazza del Comune.

Address & telephone number: Via San Gabriele dell’Addolorata 15/A, Assisi, Italy, +39 07 5815352

Hosteria Nova Baccanale Cafè

Make your way to the upper part of town to find this hidden gem. By the time you’ve made it all the way up the hill to nearby Piazza Matteotti, you’ll have earned a delicious meal at Hosteria Nova Baccanale Cafè. You’ll find an extensive selection of local wines, meats and cheeses in this family-run spot. Baccanale has frequent cultural entertainment as well, from live music to informative programs on the history of Assisi.

Address & telephone number: Via del Comune Vecchio 2, Assisi, Italy, +39 07 5812327

La Locanda del Cardinale

Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
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A dining experience at La Locanda del Cardinale is unlike any other. Here, you’ll enjoy a meal among Roman ruins more than 2,000 years old. The modern décor, glass floors and large crystal chandeliers mesh well with the ancient relics located just below patrons’ feet. Wine-lovers won’t be disappointed either, as the restaurant’s cellar has more than 1,000 different bottles to choose from.

Bar Ristorante Metastasio

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub
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Assisi - Piazza del Comune
Assisi - Piazza del Comune | © Geobia/WikiCommons
The view of the Umbrian countryside from Bar Ristorante Metastasio is spectacular, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one in all of Assisi. In the evening, grab a seat on the terrace to watch the sunset and enjoy typical food from the region, such as the wild boar stew. Don’t forget to call ahead and make a reservation well in advance, especially if you want to sit al fresco!

Taverna dei Consoli

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Strangozzi al ragú di mare
Strangozzi al ragú di mare | © pelican/Flickr
Located in one of the most beautiful buildings in the historic center of Assisi, Taverna dei Consoli has been in business since 1936. The views of Piazza Comune from the terrace offer some of the best people watching in town. The restaurant specializes in dishes made with ingredients from Umbria, such as flavorful truffles, porcini mushrooms, and lamb.

Trattoria Pallotta

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Italian Tapas
Italian Tapas | © star5112/Flickr
Trattoria Pallotta is another restaurant where guests can sample the local Umbrian cuisine. To find it, walk under the arch called Volta Pinta in Piazza del Comune, known for its 16th century frescos painted by Raffaellino Del Colle, a student of Renaissance master Raphael. Start your meal with bean soup or a plate of black olive pesto strangozzi, a typical Umbrian pasta. Then move onto a second course of rabbit or, if you are feeling adventurous, the local delicacy: pigeon. Don’t forget to save room for cake!

Pizzeria da Andrea

If you are craving a quick slice of pizza as you tour the quaint streets of Assisi then make a pit stop at Pizzeria da Andrea to pick up a thin and crispy slice to go. Or you can try the Umbrian favorite torta al testo, a flat bread sandwich usually filled with goodies like prosciutto, sausage, mozzarella and vegetables. It’s the perfect option for a reasonably priced yet satisfying lunch.

Address & telephone number: Via S. Rufino 26, Assisi, Italy, +39 075 815325

Eat Out Osteria Gourmet

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Pizza | © Sophie Knight
Connected to the five star hotel Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum is Eat Out Osteria Gourmet. Don’t let the name fool you, this is no place to order takeout. Eat Out is a top-quality restaurant that features stylish décor and panoramic vistas of the city below. Everything is freshly made and sourced from local producers. Ask your server for wine pairing suggestions.

Locanda del Podestà

Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
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A short walk up the hill from the Basilica of Saint Francis is where you’ll find this tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant. With its low-vaulted ceilings and stone walls, Locanda del Podestà has plenty of charm. It’s another great spot to try all the Umbrian classics too, because the dishes here are simple yet full of flavor. Try the homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola.

Le Mandrie di San Paolo

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Located a short distance from the historic center of Assisi, Le Mandrie di San Paolo is housed in a renovated cottage built in the 11th century. This agriturismo project produces its own organic olive oil thanks to the olive trees that are part of the property. At the restaurant, the oil serves as the culinary base of the regionally inspired cuisine. In short, Le Mandrie is a great place to appreciate all that the Umbrian landscape has to offer.

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