Where to eat in Perugia? We’ve tried to include both cheap eats and really nice, slightly more expensive places, as well as where to go when you’re sick of Pasta.
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Bottega del Vino > High quality Umbrian dishes, wide selection of Italian wines, amazing cheesecake, and great service. The atmosphere is intimate, good for a nice date or an evening out with friends. They have live jazz every Wednesday. If you’re worried about price, just go for the wine or the cheesecake and browse the menu. You’ll be back. Via del Sole 1, 075.571.6181. €€
La Taverna > One of Perugia’s best known and best loved restaurants. Known for the fresh, delicious food, the helpful staff, and the charming and skilled chef. You can check out more reviews on TripAdvisor, Frommers, and Fodors. Don’t miss it! Via delle Streghe 8, 075.572.4128. €€€
Al Mangiar Bene > Delicious local and organic food ranging from pizzas to typical Umbrian primi and secondi. Davide, Renato, and Company buy directly from the farmers, so there’s no middleman. You can see where the food comes from on their site, www.almangiarbene.com. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday on Via della Luna 21. Call 075.573.1047 for reservations. €€
Osteria a Priori > This top-rated osteria is known for it’s good Umbrian pastas, wines, and the upstairs seating for a bargain. Via dei Priori 39, 075.572.7098. €€
Locanda Do’ Pazzi > Great food and great service, lots of locals here, too. Reasonable prices for delicious pastas, wines, and desserts. They have your traditional Umbrian truffles, but more innovative dishes to try, too. Corso Cavour 128, 075.572.0565. €€
Vecchia Perusia > Some of Perugia’s best food. Frankie Banana, the proprietor, is quite the showman and he is happy to entertain you, whether you like it or not. It sounds off-putting, but think of it as a dinner with free entertainment, or a comedy club routine with a free dinner. Via Ulisse Rocchi 9. €€
Ristorante Pizzeria Ferrari > They have much more than pizza and with the location on Corso Vannucci (for outdoor seating), it’s a good value for your money. There is a wide range of vegetarian options, too. Check out their partner “Lunabar” for aperitivo in the early evening, they supply a great buffet with one drink of 5-7€. Via Scura 1, 075.572.2966. €€
Dal Mi Cocco > A must! We made a special page for Dal Mi Cocco restaurant, Corso Garibaldi 12, 075.573.2511, €
Pizzeria Mediterranea > One of our favorites because of their delicious, huge pizza pies, the venue, and the prices. They’re rated on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet. Open for lunch and dinner, Piazza Piccinino 11/12 Da Antonio, 075.572.13.22.
Pizza e Musica > Everything, from the Neapolitan pizzaiolo Felice to the décor, is tranquillo. The ingredients come straight from Napoli and the oven is wood-burning. Try the focaccia (pizza dough baked with olive oil, salt, and rosemary on top) as an appetizer, then eat one of their tasty pizzas. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, Via della Madonna 5.
Quattro Passi at Merlin > Here English-speaking Gennaro offers you a long list of pizzas that, when they arrive at the table, cover your plate. You can also get delicious antipasto plates, salti in bocca, and calzoni (like pizza folded over and sealed-the name means “big sock”). At lunch you can choose one of five pizzas and a drink and take it away for €5. Discounts for foreigners. Open 12:30-14:45 and 19:30 to late, Tu-Su, Via del Forno (off Corso Vannucci), call 075.571.6120 for reservations or to order take-out.
Pizzeria Etruschetto > Delicious Neapolitan-style pizza – you can get slices, order full pizzas for sit-down, or take away dining. If you’re having a party or just have a big appetite, try the metre-long pizza. Sometimes more quantity doesn’t mean less quality! Their hours are Mo, We, Th, Fr 12-14:30 and 18-24:00, Sa & Su 18-24:00, closed Tuesdays.
Pizzeria Toscana > Freshly baked slices for 1-2€, depending on the kind. I like to buy whatever he is pulling out of the oven. Off Corso Vannucci near Piazza Italia, look for the “Pizza al Taglio” sign.
Café’s You Can’t Miss
Café Morlacchi > This student favorite has a great atmosphere with a long bar and lots of tables and chairs. They always have posters for the Morlacchi Theater and cool artwork, too. Great place for breakfast, lunch, and meetings. Occaisionally they’ll have aperitivo, too. Piazza Morlacchi.
Alphaville Café > Comfy couches, lots of students, and good wifi. Great place to grab a caffe and a croissant and sit for a while. Via Pinturicchio 26, 39.333.473.9847.
Chicco Integrale > (The Whole Kernel) has a macrobiotic lunch menu and a little store with tempeh, miso, and lots of other organic foods. It is in the corner of Piazza IV Novembre near Via della Gabbia – look for the little sign on the door.
Chinese: La Grande Muraglia . Prices are reasonable and there’s a student menu, which is €5 (Although you can’t order it Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays). This place offers great value for your money. Via Pinturicchio 49. Call 075.572.3938 for pick up, or sit down for a nice meal.
Greek: Il Greco > Perugia’s only Greek restaurant luckily has great food, so if you’re craving feta, stop by on Via Boncambi.
Middle Eastern: Kebab places> In 2003 Italy was part of a coalition that invaded Iraq. After 2003, Iraqis were part of a coalition of kebab shops that invaded Italy. You can find a kebab joint on most streets in Perugia, so keep an eye out if you’re craving falafel.
Baba burgers and Food lab > Craving a great hamburger? New arrival in Perugia, Baba makes the best burgers in town…right in the center of Perugia. They also have vegetarian and fish burger option. They all get served with delicious potatoes. Baba also serves nice and rich salads as long pasta, meat dishes and desserts. Via Oberdan 35, 075.572.8454 . €€