A tricky part of traveling can be deciding on a restaurant. Like the time in Mantova (Mantua in English) when my husband and I found a cute restaurant full of locals. How can it go wrong? We found out the locals were there for their aperitivo…not the food.
There are great restaurants in Perugia, it’s hard to narrow it down to 8. One reason friends return over and over again, Umbria is a heaven for food lovers. Perugia is full of fantastic Italian comfort food, homegrown delicacies like truffles, and world-class wines. But after a day of sightseeing in Perugia, deciding on a restaurant is the last thing I want to do.
While my husband and I like to try new spots, or grab some take away Chinese once and
The Basics of Dining in Italy
Unlike in England or the US, most restaurants are closed once a week, usually a Monday. But it can be any day of the week, so I’ve written which day on the restaurant’s description.
Restaurants don’t open until 7.30pm and some as late as 8.30pm.
Tipping isn’t necessary, as it’s included in your bill. But if the service was exceptional it’s always nice to leave something- but no more than 5%.
8 Of The Best Restaurants in Perugia
Being that I struggle on deciding anything when hungry, especially on what to eat and at which restaurant, I tend to grab the first thing that I see. Here’s a list of restaurants so you don’t have to worry, these are my go-to restaurants for when friends visit or when we don’t want to cook.
So you don’t end up like us in Mantova with microwaved pumpkin tortellini and risotto with meatballs
1. Dalla Bianca
Hidden away in the center of Perugia you would never find it unless you looked for it.
There’s nothing fancy about this place. Most of the customers are locals who come in multiple times a week.
The menu’s made up of traditional home cooking from Perugia, and it tastes like my mother in laws excellent cooking. The lunch hour rush is always busy, the service is fast and friendly and the ingredients are all local.
Cost? Budget, in the best possible way.
Need to book a table? Not necessary.
Open: Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturdays.
Addresss and phone number: Via Piantarose, 13/14, 06121 Perugia PG tel: 075 572 7132
2. Civico 25
A cozy hip wine bar and restaurant in a funky little area of Perugia full of street art.
Civico 25 has a bar to enjoy a glass of Umbrian wine before dinner. We’ve always had great food here and they serve several vegetarian options.
They have a great selection of Umbrian wines, have a small quality menu, and speak great English.
Cost? I expect to pay around 25 euros or more per person.
Need to book a table? If you get there by 8, probably not. But I usually do to be safe.
Open: Closed on Sundays only dinner.
Website/Adress/Phone number: https://civico25.com Via della Viola 25, 06122 Perugia tel: 075 571 6376
3. La Romantica
A fun, always busy, pizza joint.
Order a half a meter pizza. A sight to see, and how it’s served is even better! They divide it into 3 long strips and so choose 3 pizzas on the menu to have on it. It’s perfect to divide between four people, but everyone needs to agree on the toppings.
It’s not a Roman pizza (thin crust), but similar to a thicker crust from Naples.
The Italian tradition is to pair pizza with an order of fries and a beer, so be prepared to
Cost? Pizza is cheap. You could eat a pizza with a beer could be under 10 euros.
Need to book a table? If you get there by 8 pm there’s almost always a table.
Open? Every day
Address/website: Borgo XX Giugno, 9, 06121 Perugia PG http://www.laromanticapizzeria.it/
4. Altro Mondo
A favorite lunch spot for local businessmen and women, I love to come here for the vaulted ceilings and the suppli.
What’s a suppli? A small oblong rice ball with a bit of tomato and herbs for flavor and a piece of mozzarella inside. They’re not on the menu, you have to ask for them.
Altro Mondo focuses on high-end classic Perugia dishes, so we come here to celebrate birthdays and
Cost? A pasta dish is around 10-15.
Need to book a table? I don’t think I ever have, but it never hurts.
Open? Closed Sundays. Serve lunch and dinner.
Website/Address: https://ristorante-perugia-altromondo.business.site Via Cesare Caporali, 11, 06100 Perugia PG
5. Dal Mi Cocco
A fun spot with a fixed menu that changes day to day and season to season.
For around 13 euros you’ll get an
Fun, cheap and easy for sharing we always have a lot of fun here.
If you’ve got allergies or need a selection of options, might not be the place for you.
Everything, including the restaurant’s name, is written in local dialect-so even an Italian may not understand the menu.
Need to book a table? No, there shouldn’t be any need.
Open? Closed Mondays, they’re open for lunch from
Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 12, 06123 Perugia PG
6. Il Paiolo
A good restaurant for pizza or mains, the perfect spot if you can’t agree or decide what you feel like.
It’s in a nice building with lots of vaulted ceilings and sep
If you’ve driven into Perugia this is a good one as it’s close to a parking lot.
Cost? Average. 10 euro pizzas, more for pasta and meat.
Need to book a table? I would strongly advise booking on a Friday or Saturday night.
Open? Every day of the week
Website/Address/phone number: http://www.ilpaioloperugia.it via
7. Locanda del Morlacchi
Hidden behind the theatre, also called Morlacchi, I love coming to enjoy a drink and the view.
We’ve enjoyed everything we’ve eaten here. Great prosciutto from Norcia, seafood pasta (pasta all scoglio), truffle dishes and a great range of Umbrian wines.
Cost? We normally pay about 25-30 euros a person. We share a starter, each have a main, a glass of wine and share a dessert.
Need to book a table? Yes, ask to sit outside and try and be there for a sunset.
Open? Closed on Tuesdays. Lunch and Dinner, 12.30-2.30 and 7.30-10.00
Address: Via del Verzaro 39 Phone Number 075 465 1240
8. La pecora nera – Polpette & Co.
The black sheep. This is a restaurant that does meat balls or in Italian, polpette. But not just with meat.
Their menu of meatballs have vegan options, gluten free, fish and some great salads.
You also get to sit at the beginning of the walk for the medieval aqueducts, which is handy. Even if you aren’t planning on walking it, it’s a great photo.
Cost? As little as 10 euros should get you a sandwich and drink.
Need to book a table? Nope!
Open? Everyday for lunch and dinner
Address: Via Baldeschi Phone Number: 075 572 2739
Wondering what to order? Highlights to look for on a Menu in Perugia
I think the traditional dishes from Perugia and Umbria are some of the best dishes. And any of the best restaurants in Perugia should have a few on the menu. Although they can be meat heavy, lentils, or lenticchie, and beans are essentials in Umbrian cuisine. Truffles also make for a vegan dish! Here are some traditional dishes I love to order:
Crostini con pate toasted bread with pate. Filled with herbs like sage, liver pate is
Pasta con Tartufi
Cinghiale or wild boar which are all over central Italy. It can be cooked into a pasta sauce, ragu di
What about the wine? If you’ll be having a meaty dish a glass of
What are Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Contorni on a Menu?
- An antipasto is a starter.
- Primi, or firsts, are the
pastas, risottos andgnocchi. They always serve the primo before a secondo, hence the name. Secondi, or seconds, are the meat and fish dishes, with some vegetarian options like a melanzaneparmigiana.
- Contorni, are side dishes. Normally a cooked greens, potatoes and salads
Traditionally everyone one would order a Primo and a Secondo, but that’s a lot of food! Nowadays it’s more common to order just one. My husband and I split a first and a second to save space for a dessert.
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