If there is a cuisine in Prague that is loved as much as the traditional Czech, it is Italian. Shortly after the Velvet revolution there began a wave of pizza places and other italian restaurants, anc Czech discovered that pizza, pasta and such are a welcome addition to their usual fare.
Later on, also more sophisticated and varied places specializing in Italian cuisine have emerged. Now, there is still a ton of “ordinary” pizzerias that offer quite cheap and very tasty options, several establishments offering a rather gourmet pizza, and places that offer a wide variety of other Italian foods such as traditional meat and seafood dishes. We love them all, and now bring you several tips of places we currently like:
Authentic dishes from Italy, modern and traditional. A super tasty pizza from their wood oven. Fresh salads with interesting ingredients you may not know from elsewhere, and of course pasta, the ultimate comfort food. What’s not to like?
Address: Bílkova 4, Praha 1
Super tasty Italian / Mediterranean cuisine. Great quality food that is made just right and served in relaxed settings so you feel welcome here. This is what we like about proper Italian restaurants: Eat only top quality, premium even, but feel like at home, or visiting good friends.
We like their steaks, their pasta, and their tiramisù. Plus, they are to be found right at the heart of Prague.
Address: Havelská 27/29, Praha 1
The restaurant of the Four Seasons hotel is one of Prague’s top offerings when it comes to Italian cuisine.
Artisan ingredients, elegant settings and a sunny Mediterranean vibe (they serve mostly Italian food but have also Jamon Joselito from Spain). Stylish interior and surprising dishes that will make your visit memorable.
And yes the “crudo” meand they serve many of the dishes raw, including fish and seafood (branzino or tuna are interesting raw). Another reason to visit.
Name: Cotto Crudo
Address: Veleslavínova 2a, Praha 1
Comfort food? Did we say pasta is a comfort food? Yes of course. Because, well, this wonderful invention of whoever came first with the idea is just brilliant.
Bigger fans of pasta should go and experience Pasta Fresca, because this place offers so much more than the usual spaghetti and farfalle. Less known types of pasta are accompanied by equally interesting sauces and other ingredients, and you can even pick up your meal and take it away.
Name: Pasta Fresca
Address: Celetná 11, Praha 1
Another interesting lace that is worth a small trip from the centre of Prague. Průhonice is famous for its arboretum (a huge park with more than 1600 plants to admire – we recommend you go in the spring!) so it makes sense to go there for other things as well, but if you are like Italians, you do not hesitate to travel for your dinner.
Which is a good idea because Grosseto is one of the really good spots for the classic Italian fare: Seafood, cheese and vegetables as starters (tartare di tonno, tartare di salmone, carpaccio con parmigiano), expertly pasta and rissotti, meat and fish, and of course dolce: both their tiramisù and gelato are highly recommended.
Address: Květnové nám. 11, 252 43 Průhonice
MANÙ Risto & Lounge
The celebrity chef Emanuele Ridi has several activities and we admire him for all of them, but if we were to choose one, this would be it.
Manù – apart from their fabulous meat and tasty seafood, pasta etc. that are prepared by experts – has a really amazing view of Prague. Pretty much any place with a view is a good idea for a Prague visit, but this one – located on a mini island – feels like a boat, but without the swinging.
Name: MANÙ Risto & Lounge
Address: Dětský ostrov 3197, Praha 5
One last tip for the very heart of this beautiful city. At The Old Town Square (yes, not “mere 15 minutes from”, just there) there is a restaurant offering the classic Italian menu.
Come to Oliva verde for staples such as bruschette, carpaccio, salads, pizza, fish and several types of risotti. As a dessert, there is a lavender panna cotta. Now all there is left is to walk around the Old Town Square and enjoy its beauty.
Name: Oliva verde
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 479/25, Praha 1