Our recommendations for good food in the area.
Forno di Agnese
One of our favorite places in town and just around the corner
from Domus Civita, It is run by lovely owner Manuela who is
always charming and happy to assist and accomodate anybody.
The food is authentic and delicious home cooking of traditional
recipes sometimes with a little twist. The service is like being
in a friend’s home, gracious and genuine.
Great local wines, Antipasti and a delicious lemon tiramisu’!
Located just off the main piazza, across from the church.
This is quintessential Civita as it has been for decades. It is a
restaurant without a kitchen! Everything they serve is either
grilled on the fireplace (meat, sausages, vegetables), cooked
under the ash (potatoes, to die for), fresh cut with a knife
(prosciutto, salame, bread), or preserved and marinated in the
owner Antonio’s olive oil (eggplants, zucchini, peppers, etc.)
Service is rustic with plastic plates and paper napkins but the
flavors are authentic, delicious and the ambiance just perfect!
Located next to the church
Probably the nicest restaurant in town and the most expensive
but a real treat for food lovers. Everything on the menu is made
with local ingredients but the recipes are always original and
creative. Ask the owner Alessandra to simply give you a tasting
menu and be ready to sit around the table for three hours!
Located just past the Church off the main street.
La Piazzetta and Da Peppone are the only two snack bars in town and both delightful especially in
a summer afternoon if you want to mingle with the locals while sipping a bitter, a glass of wine or
an espresso, or in the morning if you want to have an Italian breakfast with cappuccino and a
At the base of the foot bridge is a good restaurant with a great
view of Civita from its terrace. The cuisine is very local and
always genuine and includes fresh fish from nearby Tirrenian sea
as well as lake Bolsena. The service is friendly and attentive.
Across from the restaurant is one of the best gelato icecream
bars in the area. Perfect on any time of day but especially on a
hot summer afternoon! Try the mint and the chocolate flavors!
Is a tiny little restaurant just across the stone gate of the city.
It serves a mixture of local and Sardinian cuisine (the owner is
from the island of Sardinia) in a cozy atmosphere. The food is
very well prepared and the flavors very good. We enjoyed the
selections of wines, all from local producers.
This restaurant has a lovely location on the Bolsena lake shore,
just a 15 minutes drive from Civita and a few steps from the
center of Bolsena old town and castle. It specializes in
fish delicacies including seafood and lake fish and serves mostly
fixed sampling menus that are quite good! All their food is
well prepared and the service always very professional.
To read more and make sure you check their unusual opening
hours check their website at http://www.lapinetabolsena.it.
This restaurant is considered one of the best in the area and is especially
known for their exquisite wine selections. The owner Luca will guide you
personally through the wine list and the chef Rita will delight you with
typical Umbrian recipes with an updated touch. It is located right next
to the beautiful gothic cathedral of Orvieto and In the summer you can
eat outdoor on their terrace with a lovely vista of the impressive black
and white marble flank of the cathedral.
This is one of the most popular spots in town for pizza and personally we
think they make some of the best pizza in central Italy! The restaurant/
pizzeria has a beer garden style courtyard for outdoor dining in the
summer and a spacious interior during the rest of the year. It can be hard
to find a table especially on weekends but it is worth the wait! Their
appetizers of cold cuts and local delicacies and cheese are always very
satisfying and their dessert called “sbrisolona” just perfect! The atmosphere
is relaxed and casual and the service very informal. Located a couple of
blocks rom the Piazza della Repubblica.
Osteria del Grillo
This restaurant is not in the center of town but just above the train station
in Orvieto Scalo. While the location is not ideal if you are touring the old
town, the food is outstanding. They do not serve any pasta but only
wonderfully fresh and beautifully prepared appetizers and delicious
local organic meats. The restaurant in fact has a butcher counter where
you can pick your own cut of meat and have it roasted on the spot
in the wood burning oven. Yum said the vegetarian! The place is full of
locals and the wine list, while not extensive, is delightful and all of the area.