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5 Vegetarian Restaurants in and near Assisi

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Perched on a hilltop in central Italy’s Umbrian region, is the small town of Assisi and its 25,000 (give or take) residents.

The city dates back to Medieval times so it is steeped in both culture and history. It is most noted as being St. Francis of Assisi’s birthplace a man who holds a great deal of artistic, historical, and religious significance. It is situated roughly 90 miles to the north of Rome and for all practical purposes is a must-see city on any Italian vacation itinerary.

This is especially the case if you are searching for Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine in Assisi and the surrounding cities. We have listed a 5 of those particular restaurants which you should experience and ones that we feel are “can’t-miss” dining experiences while you are there on holiday or for an extended vacation. They are as follows:

1. Ai Cavalieri – Petrignano

Located on Via Matteotti, this restaurant is one that you will absolutely fall in love with due to its location in the valley area of Petrignano just south of Assisi. The faire here is nothing short of excellent and is quite possibly at the top of our list.

2. Ristorante San Francesco – Assisi

Situated on the Via Francesco, the menu is filled with a myriad of excellent choices. Just be aware that it carries a price tag equivalent to the restaurant’s ambience and atmosphere. Their Vegetarian Lasagna made with farro pasta are what most would say is “to die for”, but it will cost you.

3. Alter Ego – Perugia

Located in Perugia, this restaurant has some of the best lunch and dinner faire in this quaint city and is a huge favorite of locals. So be prepared for a crowd and a long wait at dinnertime. But don’t let that discourage you from sampling their cuisine. Situated in a dark alley with a dark entrance, this establishment is very hip by younger Italian standards based on the very young pair of brothers who own the restaurant.

4. Osteria del Gufo – Perugia

Located on the Via della Viola in Perugia, this restaurant features the finest in Vegetarian Bohemian cuisine despite its “hole-in-the-wall” appearance. It will mind you of dining along the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) in Paris and has a fabulous chocolate mousse. However, the dining quarters are very cramped and the restaurant seats only 50 people at most, so dining elbow-to-elbow is commonplace.

5. Piazzetta delle Erbe – Assisi

Those this charming and small trattoria situated on Via S. Gabrielle dell’Addolorata in Assisi provides you with a great atmosphere, its simplicity is what makes the establishment so special. Just beware that the menu is not entirely Vegan or Vegetarian and does feature meat entrees.

Top 5 Popular Assisi Hotels & Restaurants on

  • Villa di Assisi Hotel & Resort – 4-star Hotel – Restaurant serving traditional, local cuisine
  • Hotel La Terrazza - 3-star Hotel – Restaurant offering good food at reasonable price
  • La Fortezza Hotel - 2-star Hotel – Restaurant serving a vast choice of traditional Umbrian dishes
  • Minerva Hotel Assisi - 2-star Hotel – Restaurant offering both local dishes and international specialties
  • Hotel Pallotta - 2-star Hotel – Restaurant offering excellent local specialties in a relaxing atmosphere

Photo of vegetarian lasagna by Ciro Boro

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

3 responses to “5 Vegetarian Restaurants in and near Assisi”

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  1. kerala says:
    September 12th, 2009 at 20:08

    thanks for the information on 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in and near Assisi. its a helpful information for vegetarians.

  2. Alexandra says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 18:10

    That lasagna looks truly delicious. I find travel in Italy as a vegetarian to be easier than in many other countries. Most primi, or first courses, of pasta or rice are vegetarian. You are not required to order a secondo (usually the meat course) though many restaurants will have something on the menu for veggies, like grilled vegetables, salad, or a cheese plate.

  3. Dentist Amarillo says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 08:39

    AWESOME! I’m constantly searching for vegetarian diet recipes and I stumbled your site. Italy is the place of savory dishes. we always love to travel there every holidays. my good friend in the town of Greccio always assist us and bring to good vegetarian restaus there. thanks for the great blog by the way! you have a very good writing skills here. fun stuff to read. Keep the good work going! thank you for sharing.

    - Shane

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