Domus Civita

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.

La Cantina
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

Snack Bars
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 cornetto.

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!


Il Bocconcino
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.


La Pineta
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


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.