Our selection of the best restaurants in Italy
3 June 2019
Spaghettis, pizzas, arancini and even cannoli, Italian gastronomy needs no introduction. Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, it pleases adults and children alike and can be adapted to any taste. Often imitated but never equalled, these specialities are even better under the Italian sun. Here are some of our best addresses all over the Peninsula to rediscover “vera cucina italiana”.
Aldrovandi Villa Borghese *****
Our journey begins in Rome, the country’s nerve centre and ideal destination for a family city trip. Children love the stories of gladiatorial battles on the Colosseum tour. Parents marvel at Michelangelo’s famous Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel. Together, we throw a coin into the majestic Trevi fountain, not forgetting to make a wish!
All these adventures, it gives you an appetite! At dinner time, we gather around one of the charming tables of the Pipero, a restaurant well known to Italian gastronomes and awarded a Michelin star. Its high quality and top-of-the-range service nevertheless make it a choice address for children, who enjoy pasta alla carbonara, the restaurant’s specialty and renowned as the best in the capital.
A busy day means a good night’s sleep. They are spent at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, a splendid 5-star hotel in the heart of Rome. It is a delight for children, who receive a welcome gift as soon as they arrive. Parents are not to be outdone and enjoy the fabulous spa accommodation. In summer, we all cool off together in the outdoor pool. In winter, you can stroll through Borghese Park, one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces, home to the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze *****
Let’s go to Florence now. A privileged destination for art history buffs, the city is also renowned for its gastronomy. On a trip to the Tuscan capital, you should visit the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Brunelleschi’s breathtaking work, the Galleria degli Uffizi, where you can admire Botticelli’s emblematic Spring and Ponte Vecchio, once the landmark of Florentine jewellers, among others.
L’Ortone, a renowned trattoria far from the tourist influx, is recommended by Little Guest for its warm atmosphere and excellent food. Florentine specialities such as spinach ravioli with ricotta in the first course, and baccalà, a fish-based dish with leek and fennel in the second. The little ones choose what they want to satisfy their appetite within the children’s menu specially dedicated to them.
To find accommodation, you can choose the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. This listed palazzo built in the 15th century is a real museum, decorated with frescos and art objects. It is equipped with luxurious facilities such as a spa with a sauna and hammam and a heated outdoor swimming pool. For the toddlers, a playground is provided as well as a kids’ club where children learn to customize T-shirts and cook delicious pizzas.
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa *****
The sun shines all year round and the dishes have spicy notes in the south of the country,. The island of Capri, located in the Bay of Naples, has always attracted stars, jet-setters and crowned heads. We love it for its pretty white houses, its chic boutiques and its luxurious atmosphere. Its coastal path allows you to admire unique landscapes combining azure-blue water and rocks of all kinds. Children have fun discovering its Blue Cave and parents like to sip a prosecco on the Umberto I piazzetta.
Capri’s restaurants are renowned for their sophisticated atmosphere and top-of-the-range cuisine. However, they are generally equipped with high chairs and offer dishes that appeal to the youngest. This is particularly the case of Mammà, whose traditional Italian cuisine is revisited by the starred chef Salvatore La Ragione. You can enjoy a delicious lobster minestrone and delicious tagliatelle with cuttlefish ink. You can also enjoy its tasting menu, accompanied by the best wines of the region.
Only one address for a dream stay on this mythical island: the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa. Located on the heights of the city of Capri, it will delight young and old alike. What a joy for the children to receive a welcome gift! And what a pleasure for parents to relax in the spa. The hotel’s sports hall was awarded the 2016 Best Fitness Program Award. Regardless of the weather, you can enjoy a family swim in one of the complex’s pools, one indoor and one outdoor.
Ristorante Sociale, Como
Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como *****
We now go up to the top of the Italian boot, in the beautiful region of Lake Como. Located at the foot of the Alps, it has pure blue water and is decorated with majestic villas. We spend relaxing holidays here between family swimming and hiking in the heart of nature. The city of Como is known for its duomo, a masterpiece of Lombard art. Its silk museum is also worth a visit. Finally, good news for families who love trends: Milan and its fashion scene are only an hour’s drive away!
Lombardy is, of course, the region of origin of the famous gorgonzola! But it is also known for its saffron risotto and Milanese chop. These can be enjoyed at the Ristorante Sociale, an institution in Como since 1900. Warm and authentic setting, simple and delicious cuisine, a choice address for a friendly family meal.
Just 5 kilometres from the centre of Como, Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como welcomes families looking for luxury and idleness. It has direct access to the lake and has a heated outdoor swimming pool. Nearby, it is possible to enjoy water sports and golf in the various surrounding clubs. Its spa, the largest in the region, offers first-class cosmetic treatments for a moment of total relaxation.
Montagna di Luce, Valsesia
Mirtillo Rosso Family Hotel ****
Northern Italy is very popular with families because of its breathtaking mountainous landscapes. The alpine valley of Valsesia attracts skiers in winter and hikers in summer. Ideal for families: the glaciological path of the Alta Valsesia Natural Park, which traces the geological history of the region.
To taste the delicious Piedmontese specialities, visit the Montagna di Luce. This authentic inn with its typical mountain atmosphere serves a traditional cuisine, appreciated by young and old alike. We particularly like its homemade fresh pasta and polenta, which comes in all flavours: butter and sage, mushrooms, sausage or deer stew.
The prestigious landmark of hikers and skiers in Valsesia is, of course, the Mirtillo Rosso Family Hotel. Warm and intimate, it welcomes families throughout the seasons and offers them high quality services: private ski lessons in the Monterosa resort in winter, walks in the heart of nature all year round. Its main asset is undoubtedly its kids’ club, which organizes daily recreational and recreational activities for children from 4 to 10 years old.
Vic, 25 ans, globetrotter passionate about literature, from Liege, Belgium