Located in the heart of Tuscany, Pisa has a fantastic selection of restaurants serving up innovative dishes that celebrate local cuisine and produce.We’ve listed the top ten to help you find the perfect spot.
Osteria i Santi
Osteria i Santi, located by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is an inexpensive restaurant serving good food. This is a place dedicated to providing great dishes and service for a pleasant eating experience. Serving up Italian classics, this is your best option if visiting the popular tourist destination.
Address and telephone: Via Santa Maria, 71, 56126 Pisa, Italy, +39 050 28081
Spaghetteria Alle Bandierine
Spaghetti lovers will must go to Spaghetteria Alle Bandierine. Consistently attracting rave reviews, this is a much loved restaurant by locals. Tucked away from the popular tourism spots this is the perfect escape from the crowds, especially during the summer months. Not just for spaghetti lovers, there is a brilliant menu with the sliced steak being a popular choice.
Address and telephone: Via Mercanti, 4, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 500000
Osteria di Culegna
Recommended by locals, Osteria di Culegna is a great escape from the crowds of tourists. This place serves up authentic local dishes not altered to suit the masses but true to Italian cuisine. The owner has designed the menu herself and is proud to serve her own dishes that don’t just stick to the pizza pasta routine. The restaurant itself is small and tucked away and the atmosphere is lovely and inviting. Sit outside on the terrace during the summer to make the most of the balmy evenings.
Address and telephone: Via Mercanti, 25, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 576426
Numero 11, also known as Numeroundici, is a self service restaurant. The food is excellent and served up at the counter. The interior is laid out with long tables for a really communal feel that is lively and atmospheric. There are great vegetarian options and daily specials listed on a chalkboard. You can’t help but feel part of a local village festival as the place is filled with voices and laughter, and high energy.
Address and telephone: Via S. Martino, 47, 56125 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 27282
Osteria del Porton Rosso
Easily one of the best seafood restaurants in Pisa Osteria del Porton Rosso is tucked away on a little back street and so cosy and homely you won’t want to leave. The staff are friendly and happy to have you. There is an excellent wine list with some great recommendations that go well with the menu. There are also other dishes for those who aren’t a fan of seafood that are just as delicious and served up in a generous portions.
Address and telephone: Via Porton Rosso, 11, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 580566
The owner of Gusto Giusto, who’s prepared to tailor make you the perfect baguette sandwich, serves up excellent, fresh, local produce with absolute love and dedication. Gusto Giuso have taken sandwiches to a whole new level and the menu is great for dinner as well as lunch. Due to the popularity and rave reviews, it can get very busy. But don’t let that stop you as service is fast and there’s a quick turn around so you will never wait for too long. Allow the owner to make his own recommendations and push yourself to try something a bit different as you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Address and telephone: Via del Borghetto, 33, 56124 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 342 037 1118
Unsurprisingly, Pisa does good pizza. Whilst this is great it also makes choosing a good pizzeria difficult as there are so many of them. La Spigolatrice is a top contender not just for the delicious pizzas but the extremely well priced menu meaning you can get a pizza, beer and possibly dessert for 15 euros. The food is simple but good with no fuss or frills. If you’re just after a simple dinner without breaking the bank then this is the place to go. It’s frequented mostly by locals so this is a real escape for the crowds of tourists.
Address and telephone: Via Cagliari, 25, 56123 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 563151
Lunasia has a menu that is wildly innovative and a bit of a challenge. If you feel like you could get to grips with sea urchin ice cream then this is the place for you as they don not hold back on the flavor combinations. It may sound outrageous but it works as the restaurant has rave reviews and people return again and again to sample the incredible menu. This is probably why it’s been awarded a Michelin Star and has become one of Pisa’a most loved restaurants. It’s well known and popular so it will be busy, there will be tourists and it won’t be cheap but honestly it’s worth it. Don’t come expecting to find your favorite local dish but instead new and innovative ways to make the most of the best local produce.
Address and telephone: Via dei Tulipani, 1, 56018, Pisa, Italy, 0039 050 3135711
It’s the interior of La Grotta that makes it one of Pisa’s best restaurants. As the name suggests, the place is like a little grotto with exposed brick and stonework making it extremely cosy. The food is delicious with a simple menu serving up classic Italian cuisine that is surprisingly reasonably priced considering how popular the place gets. Although very busy, there aren’t enough tables to make it feel overcrowded. It’s worth getting there early as tables do fill up quickly. Its worth the wait especially as there are some excellent cocktail bars also along the street.
Address and telephone: Via San Francesco, 103, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 578105
You go to Il Campano for the truly authentic Italian experience, from the menu to the accordion players wandering around the tables. Set in the oldest and most vibrant part of Pisa this is the perfect place for dinner after exploring the surrounding Piazza del Vettovaglie. The food is created using fresh produce from the local vegetable market and you can taste this in the deliciously rich flavors. Il Campano is a popular spot so it can get busy during the summer season. We recommend heading there for a late dinner to miss the early evening rush.
Address and telephone: Via Domenico Cavalca, 19, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy, +39 050 580585