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 Venere.com
- 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