Lucca offers many local restaurants and its gourmet quality is known
throughout Tuscany and abroad. The prices are fair almost everywhere. Let's
talk now about traditional dishes of Lucca. Among the main courses,
do not miss the typical soup, the farro, the frantoiana and
tordelli: the first is a bean and spelled soup, the second is a
vegetable soup with cabbage, served with bread, both
with a touch of extra virgin olive oil.
Tordelli are meat-filled ravioli served with meat
sauce. After the fist course, you can order rovelline, beef fried slices
in a sauce of tomatoes and capers, accompanied by mashed potatoes,
baccalà e ceci, roasted cod with chickpeas and coniglio in umido,
rabbit in a sauce with tomato, onion, olive oil, garlic and chili.
desserts, are famous buccellato (a kind of soft and sweet
bread with anise seeds and raisins) and torta con i becchi, a sweet
cake made also with vegetables.
After speaking of the traditional dishes we must say that in Lucca you'll
find also many innovative restaurants, full of original furnitures
and delicious original dishes, write these names: "Gatta ci Cova" and il
"Ritrovo del Gusto", outside the Walls. Lucca in general is rich in small inns, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, cafes,
find them by chance, during your walks in the city, sniffing the air,
reading the menu displayed outside or following the locals who
frequent the historical center ... you will not regret. Wherever you go to
eat, you will eat well and not spend too much. To start a
coffee and a dessert typical of mid-morning ... in a nice pastry and then
... Bon appetit!
Below, we present some restaurants, known and unknown, in a list
about "where to eat in Lucca".
Gli Orti di Via Elisa (Old Town)
Via Elisa 17 near the Porta Elisa, Tel: 0583-491-241
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Minimum prices: First € 7; seconds 10 € -15 €
The interiors are more like a Parisian bistro... open since the 30s of
last century. Try the meat dishes with stewed vegetables. Our
favorite? Cheese from Garfagnana with honey and jams of the house,
Garfagnana Ham "bacchio" with bruschetta and pizza dedicated to Puccini (we choose
mozzarella, tomato sauce, peppers, pepperoni, sausage).
Osteria dei Re
Via Vecchia di Vicopelago, 86/G. 10
min from city center.
Nice place with big garden. Very
nice food, expecially meat. Vegetarian menù also possible (phone in this
case before arriving). Special menù 30 euro or à la carte. Fair prices. Reservation
mobile phone, 380 43 90 325.
Palazzo Bernardini, Via del Suffrage 7 Lucca
Prices: medium / high 23-30-50 € per meal (depends on your temptations).
Tavern, wine shop and museum, impossible not to visit! The restaurant is
housed in the basement of the ancient palace Palazzo Bernardini,
very impressive. While enjoying a bruschetta with bacon and cheese, a cake
made with carrots and fennel with cheese fondue or a cod fish, you'll
also have the chance to visit one of the most ancient cellars of
the city, the Enoteca Lucchese, which also exhibits a wide range of wine and
olive oil production. This is a very nice place, with vaulted
ceilings and traditional furnitures. Very good dishes excellent
wines and oils. Do not miss the art exhibitions housed in an impressive
exhibition space. A tip: always calls before, the closing day seem to
change very often.
Viale Giuseppe Giusti 25, the road that runs around the Walls. Free parking in the area. A very
fashionable place in Lucca, very popular. Modern and elegant. Great seafood. Great
menu for lunch about 20 euro, you can not choose but the quality is very
Locanda Buatino (outside the Walls but within easy walking distance,
about 1 km from the Walls)
Via Borgo Giannotti 508, tel: 0583 343 207
Prices: € 9-15 lunch, dinner € 20-25
Considered the oldest restaurant Lucca, located not far from the Walls and
enriched by nice performance of live jazz music (usually from October to
May). Open for lunch and dinner with a great variety of Tuscan wines. Do not
miss the soups.
Locanda di Bacco
Via San Giorgio 36, Tel: 49 0583 3136
Tuscan dishes, with a touch of modern creativity.
La griglia di Varrone
Viale Europa, 797, near the motorway exit Tel. 0583 583 611
Excellent meat, trendy, great service. Amazing menu for lunch at
15 Euros, with a glass of wine and a small cake included.
Via Anfiteatro 5-9, Tel: 0583440240
Prices: average per meal € 35
Located near the famous Piazza Anfiteatro, the Osteria Baralla
serves typical cuisine of Lucca. Ask beer with spelled, spelled soup
and cake from Lucca.
Piazza del Carmine 7, Lucca, Tel: 0583 467 266
The daily menu changes often, but expect to find dishes like penne arrabiata,
cod, beans, octopus with potatoes.
Restaurant "Il mecenate"
Via del Fosso 94 55100
In a nice place where once was a laundry, good traditional cuisine. Average prices
Out of center
Osteria di Meati (Gattaiola)
Via per Gattaiola e Meati, 1237, tel. 0583 510373
If you feel like venturing outside Lucca, then go out for a few miles and
arrive in this place. Excellent onion soup, fried chicken and rabbit,
excellent desserts. Nice outside space in Summer.
Restaurant "La Giorgia" (Fagnano)
Via Pisana 2467, Fagnano Lucca Tel: 0583-510041
Typical flavors and Tuscan atmosphere.
Cafeteria and restaurant
Cafeteria St. Colombano
Bastione San Colombano, Tel: 0583 04 44 641 - Average prices 25 euro.
Modern cafe and restaurant. Beautiful setting on the walls, behind St.
Martino Cathedral. It 'nice to go there during winter (nice large windows on
the Walls) and summer (nice outdoor dining space). Recommended also for families. Good cakes, hot chocolate,
pizza, icecream and coffee.
Best coffee in Lucca
The bar / restaurant "La stella polare", corner Via Vittorio Veneto, Piazza
Napoleone. Here you can enjoy the best espresso in Lucca. Also excellent cakes.
Modern atmosphere. In spring also tables outside in the square.
Best bakery in Lucca
Forno Amedeo Giusti
Via Saint Lucia 18-20, Tel: 85 0583 4962
The most delicious focaccia and bread of Lucca!. Many types of bread,
many pizzas, cakes, sweets. The long queue
outside the entrance suggests delicious baked inside. Not to be missed!
Pizzerias in Lucca
Below is a list of our favorites.
Pizzeria la Bersagliera -
Via Pisana 2136, Tel: 0583 10758
A pinch of Calabria in Tuscany
Betty Blue -
Tel. 0583 49 21 66
Pizzeria "Gli Orti" -
Via Elisa 17 Lucca Tel 0583-958037
Restaurant Pizzeria Felice -
Via Castruccio Buonamici, 352 0583 587412
Pizza made with good ingredients. Even with pizza dough and gluten free.
Pizzeria Da Calogero -
1128, Via Sarzanese, Lucca
Great pizzas (rather thick) and fast and friendly service.
Pizzeria Da Felice -
14, Via Buia
Fantastic pizza slices, excellent cecina, always full.
Da Ninni -
266, Via Giovanni Guidiccioni
Pizzeria La Fornace -
544, Via Del Chiasso Bernardesco
Pizzeria "Il Corsaro" -
Via S. Alessio 3680, Lucca Tel 0583-952676
Pizzeria "Zio Jo"
Via Borgo Giannotti 19, Lucca Tel 0583-370969
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