Rimini, an old Roman town in the northwest of Italy is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is known for its piadina, an Emilia-Romagna bread made with flour, sea salt and port lard and often served as a sandwich. Read on to discover the 10 best restaurants in this resort town.
La Marianna is located in the Borg, an abbreviated name for the Borgo San Guiliano area just over the canal that links the sea to the town proper. Although it is located away from the sea, La Marianna’s large, shaded terrace full of local families offers the best fish in town. The bright and artfully designed interiors are perfectly matched by rustic and fresh seafood. Try the misto di antipasti, a mix of shellfish topped with seasoned bread crumbs and then run under the broiler, paired with your selection from their list of about half a dozen very good wines. Address:La Marianna, Via Tiberio 19, Rimini, Italy, +39 054 122 530
Nud e Crud
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$
A restaurant whose concept rings equally as loud as the flavors in its food, Nud e Crud is known for unique takes on humble foods, like the piadina. Local and sustainable are the words that define Nud e Crud; the ingredients are local and the meals are cooked to order. Take advantage of the innovative combination of flavors and try a piadina made with squid ink. Never far from elegant simplicity, Nud e Crud also boasts a variety of craft beers to wash down that memorable meal.
In the old fishing quarter, the restaurant to head for is Osteria de Borg, (but only after navigating narrow pedestrian streets with the faint smell of jasmine and rose wafting around). While La Marianna is known for its fish, Osteria de Borg celebrates meat. The unpretentious atmosphere is offset by flavorful and honest food made with local ingredients and handmade pasta. The boldness of Osteria de Borg’s flavors is to be expected, especially considering how they pride themselves on slow food and the ingredients affiliated with it.
The folk at Casina del Bosco pride themselves on being surrounded by historic piandinerias, probably because they know that their piandina stands out from the crowd. Despite being located in the shadows of the Grand Hotel in Marina Centro, Casina del Bosco opted for a minimalist twist on the tradition of Guidi’s family. Their commitment to detail ensures a consistently delicious piadine in a modern and comfortable al fresco area near the beach.
Trattoria Tonino Il Lurido, Federico Fellini’s rumored favorite restaurant, has been in operation since 1949. When Fellini said it was “easier to be faithful to a restaurant than a woman,” he might just have been talking about this place! The entropic atmosphere intimates an authentic Italian experience but the chaos is not mirrored in the food, where rich tones from quality ingredients dominate the plate. Address:Trattoria Tonino Il Lurido, Via Ortaggi 7, Rimini, Italy, +39 054 124 834
Artsy, eclectic and special, this restaurant that is part bar and part alternative nightspot is the place for dining with critically-acclaimed pizazz. The distinct character of the joint is steeped in local culture and gusto. Dine in the vaulted stone cellar or on the outdoor deck, but try to come on a Friday night to enjoy the jazz-classical DJ sets. Price: Fine-dining Opening hours: Tue to Sun 12.30 – 2pm, Tue to Sat 7pm – 11pm, closed Mon Watch out for: The jazzy atmosphere.
Close to the arch, but difficult to find, Ristorante Dallo Zio is the fourth restaurant owned by the team of Mirko Monari, chef Guiliano Canzian and Enrica Mancini, experts at taking established restaurants and transforming them into balanced and understated combinations of aesthetics that let the food do the talking. The menu offers fish, meat and pasta with no room for anything but delicious flavors!
Ristorante Soleiado boasts the best of what Rimini has to offer. With its beachfront location and fresh fish caught locally by day boats, Ristorante Soleiado is refined elegance personified. The space is large but sophisticated, mirroring the operation that makes Ristorante Soleiado unique, while the calm atmosphere resonates with the great care that goes into this restaurant’s meals. Consider a glass of local sangiovese as you wallow in the culmination of quality food and ambience.
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Da Lele is meant for Saturday night dinners, where everyone expects a real dining experience. Although it’s only streets away from the tourist spots of Rimini, the restaurant is consistently filled with locals. The staff might not speak English, but their friendly attentiveness and willingness to help transcends any language boundary. Try the risotto di pesce and enjoy the complimentary limoncello. Address:Da Lele, Via Laurentini 2, Rimini, Italy, +29 054 1 392 131