Pavia Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Pavia

December 24, 2017 Janette Largent

Pavia (Italian: [paˈviːa] ( listen); Lombard: Pavia; Latin: Ticinum; Medieval Latin: Papia) is a town and comune of south-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Milan on the lower Ticino river near its confluence with the Po. It has a population of c. 73,000. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards from 572 to 774.
Things to do in Pavia

1. Hanami

Viale Dei Partigiani 141, 27100 Pavia, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0382 466510
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 284 reviews

Hanami

Reviewed By icemandvd - Milan, Italy

2 premises: 1) it is a Japan-cuisine restaurant, run by a Chinese family; 2) there is no All-U-Can-Eat option. Beyond these (anyone will evaluate them for good or not), the menu, atmosphere, options are very Japanese (abroad): even the dishes are "made in Japan". Menu is wide and presents all the typical Japanese dishes, with many different flavors (hot and cold). Fish seemed quite fresh and tasty, as well as their food, service was very good and quick. Even with few options, even the dessert (we tried sushi dessert) was awesome. For spicy lovers, maybe their wasabi isn't so spicy (for sure, not Korean) and need to be improved. Price is very honest (about 20EUR/pax). Recommended if you are in the neighborhood.

2. Royal Garden

Via Ardengo Folperti 71, 27100 Pavia, Italy Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$290 +39 0382 460257
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 390 reviews

Royal Garden

Reviewed By Mr_3lw00d - Tortona, Italy

Very different from the usual italian version of chinese restaurant, clean and elegant. Fine steam cooking cusine. My favorite? Chinese Dumplings !

3. Locanda del Carmine

Piazza del Carmine 7/a, 27100 Pavia, Italy Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$243 - HK$487 +39 0382 29647
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 506 reviews

Locanda del Carmine

Reviewed By Stefano E - Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland

Amazing placed on a enchanting place in front of a breathtaking church .. The restaurant at first sight looked like the perfect place to eat traditional local cuisine. The service was impeccable .. But the food, unfortunately didn't convince .. Certainly I only had 3 simple dishes (local clear soup, brasato+polenta, cake) ..but these were just ok

4. Osteria della Madonna

Via Dei Liguri 28, 27100 Pavia, Italy Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$290 - HK$432 +39 0382 302833
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Osteria della Madonna

Reviewed By Lucio F - Oxford, United Kingdom

Trip Advisor rates the Osteria della Madonna as the first restaurant in Pavia, and deservedly so. In the beautiful, medieval, pedestrianised city centre, not far from the river Ticino, the osteria takes its name from a fresco of the Madonna just above its door. It retains the character and the layout of an old osteria, but in the same time it offers you the food, the ambience and the service of a great restaurant - at the price of an osteria. The food was fantastic, joining pavese tradition with Southern Italian inventivity (where the chef comes from), but what was remarkable was the warm, kind, smiling professionalism of the whole staff. Wonderful.

5. Erbaluce

Via Jacopo Bossolaro 21, 27100 Pavia, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0382 530507
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 369 reviews

Erbaluce

Reviewed By TheSteffyC - Milan, Italy

Visited Erbaluce with my aunt and uncle who were visiting from out of country. The menu and selection of wine seemed appropriate for the occasion.
Our server was very polite and provided us with the specials for the evening and some suggestions. The dishes were fresh and presented well. It's apparent that the chef is experienced and has an appreciation for Mediterranean flavours.
The food took quite some time to arrive but the server warned us that the cuts of meat we chose and the risotto require extra time to prepare. Our white wine was fantastic!
The ambience is slightly lacking. It's very quiet and calm. Appropriate for an older crowd or dinner with family.

6. Piedigrotta

Via Petrarca 40, Pavia, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0382 34207
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 338 reviews

Piedigrotta

Reviewed By GattoViziato - Columbus, Ohio

If you are looking for a place to eat fresh fish with good size portions and spend reasonably than this is the restaurant for you. This was confirmed when I entered the restaurant and noticed that the place was filled with locals. The owner of the restaurant is very friendly and personally takes all of the food orders. For my first dish, I had a mixed fish pasta dish which was freshly prepared and as mentioned above with healthy size portions. For my second dish, I had large shrimped cooked in cognac, this was a very tasty dish. I also had a nice bottle of white wine which was surprisingly moderately priced. Overall great dining experience.

7. La Torre degli Aquila

Corso Strada Nuova 20, 27100 Pavia, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +39 0382 26335
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 752 reviews

La Torre degli Aquila

Reviewed By MikeWells90 - Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

We chose this restaurant for lunch taking "pot luck"
without Reading reviews in advance. We were very lucky.
It is an excellent restaurant. Very good food, friendly
service and reasonable price. We were impressed by
the elderly lady who served us with great charm.
Very pleasant atmosphere. Not to be missed if you
are visiting Pavia.

8. Infernot

Via Lorenzo Mascheroni 48, 27100 Pavia, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +39 348 466 8519
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 359 reviews

Infernot

Reviewed By PickyVoyager - California

They offer a great variety of interesting wines, many of them not well known. The young owner/sommeiler is very enthusiastic and friendly. The food is simple, of the kind you'd expect in a wine bar, and of a high quality, with very generous portions. Very reasonably priced for the quality they offer. A pleasant, modern interior, with a soft classical music playing in the background. On the whole, a very enjoyable experience, highly recommended!

9. Lady Restaurant

Via Fossarmato 7/a, 27100 Pavia, Italy Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, Sushi Lunch, Dinner HK$243 - HK$628 +39 0382 483609
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Lady Restaurant

The lady Restaurant is a restaurant on the outskirts of Pavia.Il local modern décor specializes in seafood cuisine and offers daily arrivals of the best fish and national internazionale.Tra its most famous specialties, expertly prepared by our Chef, enjoy barbequed mixed seafood and tasty plateau of raw vegetables, as well as imaginative hot and cold appetizers, but still faithful to the Mediterranean tradition, or enjoy a good first dish of fish with homemade pasta Gragnano bronze drawn, all accompanied by a wide variety of labels of wines and champagnes.

Reviewed By lucianoferro61 - Savona, Italy

A real food fish opportunity close to great rival Milan city!!
Not easily to create a satisfactory food corner with fresh fish specialities!!
Excellent atmosphere and friendly staff althought the sensitive imprint may image a luxury and sophisticated place .Grilled fish as must!! Satisfactory list of wines

10. Pozzo American Bar

Strada Nuova 4/C, 27100 Pavia, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, International, Mediterranean Late Night, Drinks +39 0382 33111
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Pozzo American Bar

Reviewed By Lidia M

The cocktails are very nice, prices are as usual in Pavia. A little bit disappointed of the aperitif, it used to be nicer.

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