The restaurants and pizzerias listed below are only our personal recommendations. However, here are some of Smiling’s favourite eating-out places:
Via Palestro 99B, Piazza Ariostea- 0532 210583
Open from 12.15 pm – 2.30 pm, 6 pm for aperitifs and from 7.30 – 10.30 pm for dinner. Closed on Thursdays
This is a welcoming and comfortable osteria where you can enjoy an aperitif of fine wine and good beer, followed by a sit-down meal. Its menu is rigorously home-made and there is a good choice of traditional and innovative dishes. It is particularly pleasant when the weather is nice and you can have an aperitif or dinner outside.
Via Guglielimo degli Adelardi, 11
No booking allowed
Open from Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – midnight (Closed on Mondays)
This is the oldest osteria in Italy and has been visited by famous people through the ages. It is an important wine bar with an extensive selection of wines. Whilst it is nice to sit back and enjoy a good wine it is also worth tasting their Cappellacci – voted by some members of staff as being the best in Ferrara!
Piazza Trento Trieste, 50
Teatro Galleria, 1st floor
Tel: 0532 681796
Open every day from midday – 3 p.m. & from 7 p.m. – midnight
This gourmet hamburger restaurant comes recommended for its atmosphere, children’s play area and its use of local, fresh products and organic ingredients. It serves interesting craft beers, salads and desserts, as well as dishes suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Look out for its special lunch time and children’s menu.
Via San Marco 46, Copparo
Tel: 0532 866 126
Open Tuesday-Sunday Midday – 3 pm & 8 pm – 10. 30 pm
Inside, this restaurant will remind you of an old English pub. Its culinary highlights are the first courses which are in abundance. You can try a special tasting menu of different starters and it is unlikely that you will have room for a main course!
Corso Porta Reno, 28
Tel. 0532 209 174
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. / 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 3.30 p.m./ 6p.m. – midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m./ 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
If you are looking for a gorgeous setting and a different experience this is the restaurant which has been nominated by several members of staff. It is slightly pricey, but worth it. Food is served in sizzling copper pots and the cheese boards are amazing.
Via G. Byron, 10
Tel: 335 740 7628
Tuesday – Sunday 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm & 8 pm – 10.30 pm
This restaurant has been recommended by staff for its lovely garden, dining atmosphere and its high quality food. A lot of love and care is given to the dishes and the fish courses in particular are excellent.
Via Bologna 1141, San Martino
Tel: 0532 712544
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 3 pm & 7.30 pm – 11 pm
Sunday 12 – 3 pm
Closed on Mondays
The seafood is excellent and the antipastos are a real specialty of this restaurant. At lunchtime there is a set menu which is great value. In the evening it has an a la carte menu with a lot more choice but still offers reasonable prices.
Via Provinciale, 29, Massa Fiscaglia
Tel: 0533 53340
Wednesday – Monday 5.30 pm – midnight
Thursday – Monday 11 am – 2 .30 pm
This restaurant specializes in Tuscan cooking and comes highly recommended for its meat dishes, crostini and Chianti.
Via Castelnuovo, 9
Thursday – Tuesday 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm – 1 am
This restaurant is one of Caterina’s favourites. It is good value for the quality of the food and the service is very professional. We personally test out their culinary skills at our Christmas staff party just to check everything is up to standard!
Via Ragno, 31
Tel: 0532 769070
Wednesday–Monday 12.15pm – 3 pm & 7.30 pm – 11 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Da Noemi is an elegant trattoria in the heart of the city centre with a welcoming and intimate atmosphere. It offers home-made traditional Ferrarese cooking with a twist. The portions are hearty and desserts are delicious! It has been tried and tasted by the Early Years staff!
Via Fondo Banchetto, 5
Tel. 347 259 1995
Open Tuesday – Friday from 7.30 pm
Saturday 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm
Sunday 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
If you are looking for a romantic place where to dine, this is the restaurant for you. It is a little pricey but its fish dishes, fine wines and atmosphere provide a culinary experience which you will never forget. We recommend that you book in advance.
Al Vecchio Mulino
Via X Martiri 245, Porotto
Tel. 0532 730 000
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 12 pm – 2.30 pm & 7 pm onwards in the evenings (Sunday 6.30 pm onwards)
Closed on Mondays
Once an old mill, the Vecchio Mulino has been a family run restaurant/pizzeria for three generations, passing down its family’s recipes and traditions from generation to generation. As well as a pizzeria, it also specializes in typical Ferrarese cooking using fresh products from the local area, and seafood which is caught locally from the Adriatic sea. It is a great place for all the family as it has a special area dedicated to children and offers entertainment for them on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for free.
Cappellaio Matto (pizzeria)
Via Ripagrande, 18
Tel. 0532 790869
The Mad Hatter’s pizzeria is a quirky pizzeria with excellent pizzas and a quick table service, even on busy nights.
Da Alice (pizzeria)
Via Palestro 89/91
Tel. 0532 248581
Open Sunday – Saturday 12pm – 3 pm & 7 pm – 11.45 pm
The owner of the Cappellaio Matto (The Mad Hatter) is also the owner of this delightful pizzeria, which continues the theme of Alice in Wonderland. It has a tiny room at the front but if you walk through to the back there is a lovely room built in the back garden.
Via Saraceno, 59
Tel. 0532 200007
Monday – Sunday 12 pm – 2.30 pm & 7 pm – 11.30 pm
This is a pizzeria/restaurant in the heart of the city centre which has the bonus of a garden in the summer for eating outdoors. It has a vast selection of pizzas but it also has a range of starters, main courses and desserts.
Via Saraceno, 116
Open Friday – Sunday 6 pm – 1 am
This is a tiny, traditional pizzeria perfect for a casual, quick supper. It sells slices of Margherita or Napolitano pizza (with anchovies) and the best ceci (chickpea bread) in Ferrara for 3- 5 euros, all baked in a traditional wooden oven. Sit at one of the few tables or at the kitchen bar and you will soon feel at home.
Via Darsena 53
Tel. 0532 769030
Open from 7 pm – 1 am. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Eating out on a moored boat makes this pizzeria/restaurant a family favourite, especially with children. The atmosphere is loud and lively making it a fun evening out. The menu is endless and the prices are reasonable. The pizzas are enormous and delicious too.
Corso Porta Reno, 34
Tel. 0532 200009
Open: Sunday – Saturday 7 pm – 1 am
Saturday – Wednesday midday – 3 pm
For a traditional pizza, baked in a wood oven try I Sofisti. It is excellent value for money and the service is good.
La Tentazione 2
Via Palmirano, 139, Gaibanella (near Cona)
Tel. 392 823 5612
Closed on Wednesdays.
Booking advised over the weekend
There is an excellent choice of pizzas at this restaurant/pizzeria and they are thin crust, enormous and delicious! This restaurant also specializes in seafood and has a wide selections of traditional and innovative dishes. In the summer the large patio windows are opened and there is a little playground area for children with a fence around it. Indoors, the restaurant caters for large parties, as well as having smaller rooms or areas for more intimate dining.