Recently taking over Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria, a quaint Italian restaurant at Binjai Park, is an affable and humorous Italian man named Fabrizio Anzolin. His love of authentic home-cooked Italian meals prompted him to help revamp the menu to include monthly regional specials, which highlight three distinct dishes as well as introduce original creations from the featured region of the month.
So, when it comes to finding the best of the best restaurants in Italy, who better to recommend the places than Fabrizio himself? Buon appetito!
Al Penny Ristorante
Viale Bligny, 42, 20136 Milano
They serve impeccable Tagliata and Spaghetti Scarpara. They have been around since 1961 and I used to patronise them at least once or twice a week. I have heard from some friends that the service and food quality are still the same as – if not better than – before. Small and cosy place with friendly staff and reasonable prices.
Antico Borgo, Via Castello, 56, 46040 Monzambano
Not easy to find, even if you Google it! It is a family-run restaurant that offers local dishes, and their speciality is grilled meat. They also offer B&B, though there are very limited rooms. After lunch or dinner, you must visit the Castle and the medieval village nearby, and have a look at the heart-shaped lake that unfortunately can only be seen from a distance as it is a private property.
Osteria II Buongustai
Via dei Cerchi, 15r, 50122, Florence
It is a very small hidden gem in Florence. Limited choices on the menu but the food is exceptionally good with an authentic taste. Reasonably priced and very friendly service. I went there for lunch for three consecutive days, and each time I left very satisfied.
Trattoria II Saraceno
Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 6, 52100 Arezzo AR
Started in 1946, it has been serving wild boar and other grilled meat. I loved their sausages and Tagliata, while my family enjoyed pasta served with wild boar. Unbelievably good.
Osteria Pastececi da Sonia
Localita Croce Fiorentina 34, 53011 Castellina In Chianti
I was driving around, looking for dinner, and chanced upon this restaurant. I was simply amazed by the food quality and the service. A must-try if you are in that area.
Agriturismo il Melograno
Str. Colle Palazzone, 4, 06134 Pianello PG
This B&B has a cosy restaurant that serves amazing homemade food. Meat and cold cuts here are spectacular. Do make a reservation because the seats are very limited.
Trattoria Da Remigio
Castello 3416, Salizada dei Greci, 30122, Venice
The place where the Venetians go for lunch. Forget all the other restaurants along the “calli” (streets). Just ask a Venetian for the directions and enjoy the best seafood, ever. Oh, don’t forget to order Prosecco. It’s a bit pricey, but it is Venice, after all! I ended up paying for one and a half bottle – it is that good!
Piazza Ancilotto, 9, 31100 Treviso
Hidden in a back alley is this amazing, amazing al fresco restaurant. Start with a Spritz, finish with a Grappa, and stuff yourself with pasta, duck meat, cold cuts and wine in between. Don’t miss the tiramisu, too.
Ristorante Bar Belvedere
Via Senaxi, 1, 16033 Lavagna
Located above Lavagna and next to the Church of St Giuglia, The food is wonderfully good; the view is even more incredible.
Grand Hotel Porto Venere
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 5 19025 Portovenere (SP)
The ambiance at this restaurant, which is part of Grant Hotel Porto Venere, is stunning. A terrace along the sea, excellent service, superb food … it’s the perfect place for honeymooners!