Giving top marks to a restaurant doesn’t happen very often but when it does, I’m already making plans for a return visit. With Osteria Madonnetta, that day can’t come soon enough. Serving typical cuisine of the region in what I can only describe as ‘a place with a lot of history on its the walls‘, it’s a locale that every traveler, intrepid or non, should experience in this beautiful country. We couldn’t stop talking about the lunch we had there even when it was time to leave Veneto and head back home.
Owned by the same family since 1904, the osteria is hugely popular with locals and tourists. Their most illustrious visitor was ‘Papa’ Hemingway himself when he was stationed in Italy as an ambulance driver during the Great War. If those walls could talk! Delicious homestyle cooking and the friendliest service ever from start to finish. This place is a true gem.
Osteria Madonnetta is just around the corner from Piazza degli Scacchi (where the human chess game is held in September). Small dogs are welcome in the restaurant. Reservations strongly recommended.
Website: Osteria Madonnetta
Google indoor map (virtual tour): step in and take a look