Favorite Trattorias in Italy: Reader’s Choice

We asked you to name your favorite trattorias and you answered! You know…the ones you discover while wandering the back streets, and they’re known more by locals than tourists? Most of the time, trattoria refers to a casual eating establishment that is typically family-owned, and specializes in regional cuisine.

While you’re reading through the list or in Italy waiting for your meal, why not beat the heat with with either a Menabrea’s Bionda Lager or Ambrata Lager? As Italy’s oldest brewery, Menabrea is world-renowned for beer of the highest quality and tradition. One of their trademarks ingredients is pure water from the Alps that, because of its ideal position, flows naturally to the brewery.

Here’s the Top 5 responses

Cantinetta del Nonno (San Casciano in Val di Pesa) by @living.thoughtfully

Once again, leave it up to the locals and savvy travelers to send you to the right places. Cantinetta del Nonno has received 680 raving reviews on Tripadvisor and Live in Italy Magazine’s follower Elizabeth (who spends her time between New England and Italy) writes: “It’s in the town center where you can eat outside and enjoy the wine and true Tuscan food! 🍷”


Il Gallo Bianco (Offagna) by @wonderful_marche

If we had to name a Top Fan, it probably would be Juliana aka @wonderful_marche. She recommends the agriturismo, Il Gallo Bianco that’s not only is a great place to stay for the authentic travel enthusiast, but there’s a restaurant too. Il Gallo Bianco is located in Offagna: an ancient medieval village nestled in the hills of the Marche not far from the Conero Riviera. Here you’ll find dishes that respect the typical Marche traditions. Look them up on and read all of the marvelous reviews written by adventurers from around the world!


Antica Trattoria Papei (Siena) by @chiarastuscany

Chiara of Chiara’s Tuscany (Italian language classes and experiential language tours) is from Siena and we believe that if she says a place is good, it is! There’s over 4,400 other people who have written great reviews on Tripadvisor too. Antica Trattoria Papei isn’t very active on social media, but they do have a website. Open since 1939, you’ll find specialties such as:  Pici alla Cardinal, Stewed Wild Boar with Olives, Tolomei Duck and Chicken Cacciatore.


Trattoria “Da Sandrino” (Sorana) by @casa.castagna

You won’t find a website, but Trattoria Da Sandrino is on social media and has received 569 great reviews on Tripadvisor! Live in Italy Magazine’s Facebook follower, Michelle of Casa Castagna wrote: “Diners come from far and wide to sample the cinghiale, pappardelle con lepre, and local speciality, Fagiola di Sorana. It’s such a well-kept secret it’s rare to find a foreigner, but Attilo the owner, greets everyone like family! Everything is prepared fresh from locally sourced ingredients and we have never had a poor meal here. We feel incredibly lucky to have stumbled across it and it is always full – even in the middle of the week in the middle of winter!”


Trattoria Pane e Panelle (Bologna) by @coldpastaredwine

On a recent trip to Italy, our travel editor Christine visited Pane e Panelle. It has been described as an idyllic setting where tourists meet locals. Luca Giovanni Pappalardo, a humanist chef, found a home at Pane e Panelle. He’s developed a unique method of researching and processing the raw material: the fish arrive whole directly from the fishing boats and are processed in the kitchen of the restaurant, as it used to be in the tuna fisheries.


About Menabrea

Since 1846 the Menabrea family has been brewing authentically Italian beer. Located at the foot of the Italian Alps in Biella, Piemonte, Menabrea is the oldest continuously producing, family-owned brewery in Italy. Under the guidance of Franco Thedy, the fifth-generation owner, the Menabrea family crafts authentically Italian beer using their own recipe and just five simple ingredients from the best sources: water, hops, barley, yeast & brewer’s maize. 

Visit: www.menabrea-usa.com



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