10 Things to eat in Trieste and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Trieste, chief scientist of Friuli Venezia Giulia, is a city rich in history and culture. Border town, over the years it has underwent several cultural influences that shaped his being, most of all the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This city, directly overlooking the sea, will amaze you with its beauty.

Obviously, the cuisine has also been affected by these different cultures and influences, arriving today with a rich and particular tradition, unique of its kind, which combines the typical recipes of fish, being a maritime city, with those of the Austro-Hungarian tradition.

Have we intrigued you? Here the 10 things to eat in Trieste and where!


  1. Jot
  2. Trieste gnocchi
  3. rice and peas
  4. Sardoni in savòr alla triestina
  5. Canocie in busara
  6. Cevapcici
  7. beff stew typical of Hungary
  8. Crabs alla Triestina
  9. Broad beans from Trieste
  10. Presnitz alla Triestina
  11. Where to eat in Trieste: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Jota

Let's start this journey into Trieste's culinary traditions with this dish: a soup that you will find practically in every restaurant that serves typical dishes!

There are different variants based on the area in which it is located, but that of Trieste it mainly consists of sauerkraut, beans and potatoes. It is then flavored with ribs, rind or other pork, which can be smoked or not. Finally, kümmel seeds are added, a plant similar to cumin.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: sauerkraut, beans, potatoes, meat, kümmel seeds

2 - Trieste gnocchi

You cannot fail to taste an exquisite plate of gnocchi! You will always find them on the menu, prepared and served in different variations: there really is something for everyone! They are still prepared by hand, as in the past, and this tradition still exists in homes.

We advise you to taste two types of dumplings that you will not find everywhere: the gnochi de pan he gnochi de plum trees. The first are large bread dumplings (such as the canederli of Trentino Alto Adige), we recommend you try the main course with goulash. The second courses are more particular: the gnochi de susini, that is the gnocchi with plums inside, excellent both as a first course and as a side dish to a meat dish.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: starting from € 8,00 depending on the type of gnocchi
  • Main ingredients: for the gnochi de pan bread, flour, eggs, parmesan, ham (or sausage) and parsley; for the plum gnochi potatoes, flour, egg, butter and plums

3 - Risi e bisi

An ancient traditional Venetian recipe, initially spread to Venice and then throughout the surrounding area, over the years it has also spread to Trieste and you will find it easily in most restaurants.

But what exactly is it about? IS' a pea risotto, very simple but really tasty.

Curiosity: according to the traditional recipe, the rice to use is vialone nano rice, a particular type of rice that swells during cooking, thus absorbing all the seasoning, making the dish soft and creamy.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: vialone nano rice, peas, ham

4 - Sardoni in savòr alla triestina

Being Trieste a seaside city, delicious fish dishes cannot be missing, which is always caught every day and served strictly fresh on the tables. This dish is typical of the area and of the whole Bisiacaria.

According to tradition, i must necessarily be used for this dish "barcolani" sardines, anchovies caught within their first year of age, when they still have a soft white flesh. Once cleaned, they come floured and fried. In the meantime, the onion must be fried, to which a couple of bay leaves and black peppercorns are then added.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: Barcolani sardines, onion, bay leaves, extra virgin olive oil, black peppercorns

5 - Canocie in busara

It is one of the very famous and loved fish recipes. The canocie or the scampi, are seasoned with the busera is a sauce prepared with pepper, breadcrumbs, salt and white wine.

The dish, originally from nearby Istria, over time has established itself as one of the traditional recipes of Trieste. It usually comes served with slices of toasted bread. If you want to try to prepare this dish at home make sure that the prawns are very fresh.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: scampi, pepper, breadcrumbs, salt, white wine, tomatoes

6 - Cevapcici

They are gods small sausages of mixed mince, with pork, beef and lamb, with a strong flavor given by garlic, onions and paprika. They are mixed with white wine and extra virgin olive oil and then cooked on the grill. If you are a lover of strong flavors you will love them!

This recipe is not only widespread in Trieste, it is in fact a culinary tradition throughout Friuli and also in neighboring Austria. However, the dish originates from the Balkan Peninsula!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, beef and lamb, garlic, onion, paprika

7 - Goulash

It is one of those dishes that you will find in every typical tavern and restaurant. This recipe originates from abroad, precisely from Hungary and is the sign of the past influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on this area. Unlike traditional Hungarian goulash, Trieste's goulash is not served with potatoes.

To prepare it, the meat is cut into pieces, to which abundant paprika and onion are added. After cooking it must rest for several hours, in fact it is ideal to prepare it the day before for the day after. It usually comes served in a single dish together with gnochi de pan, previously cited. To try!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, paprika, onion

8 - Granseole alla Triestina

It is a fish main course, simple and with few ingredients, but really very good and with a delicate flavor. The great protagonist is the spider crab, a large crab that is fished in the area, to whose pulp oil, parsley, salt and pepper will be added, nothing else.

Despite being a dish with few ingredients, the preparation is not easy. This crab it must be cooked immediately once bought: they are sold still alive, as a few hours after death they already begin to give off an unpleasant odor, similar to ammonia. Furthermore, it is mandatory to follow the steps of the original recipe, even a small error or variation could change the flavor.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: spider crabs, oil, parsley, salt and pepper

9 - Beans from Trieste

If you are in town between the months of October and November, at the turn of the feasts of the dead, you cannot fail to taste the beans of Trieste, a true local delight. But be careful: one leads to another and in a moment you will find yourself with the empty bag.

But what exactly are they? It is about small round sweets of almond paste in three different flavors, vanilla, rose water and chocolate. Small curiosity: the three different colors white, pink and brown symbolize, respectively, birth, life and death.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: About 100g € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: almonds, flour, egg white, sugar

10 - Presnitz alla Triestina

It is a dessert with a rolled puff pastry base and a particular filling made of walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, dried raisins, chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and rum. Being prepared by hand, there are different variations of the filling, with more or less incredients, according to the wishes of those who prepare it.

Its origins are not entirely clear, indeed there are really many different hypotheses: according to one theory, it was probably prepared for the first time in 1832, when Francis I and the Empress of Austria visited Trieste. The name, on the other hand, is due to the victory of the "Preis Prinzessin" (or "Princess Prize"), which over time was crippled by the people of Trieste, becoming presnitz.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: whole dessert about € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, dried raisins, dark chocolate, pine nuts

Where to eat in Trieste: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Trieste is a seaside and border city, which is why it has been disputed for several centuries, passing from one nation to another.
This has consequently influenced the city, including its culinary tradition: in the dishes you can still find recipes and traditions of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire!

As for the clubs, there are solutions suitable for all budgets and all tastes: from the taverns where you can eat the typical dishes of the Trieste tradition to the most modern and elegant restaurants, from restaurants with a varied and wide menu to those that offer only fish , not to forget the excellent pastry shops where you can stop for breakfast and the bars to enjoy an aperitif with friends.

Here are the places that you shouldn't miss in Trieste:

1 - Buffet at Pepi

  • Description: opened in 1897, it is a real institution; offers traditional Austro-Hungarian dishes, with excellent pork cooked with the original technique of cooking in the boiler; also excellent sandwiches for a quick lunch
  • specialty: mixed dish
  • Average price: sandwiches from € 5,00 per person; lunch from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via della Cassa di Risparmio, 3 - Get directions / tel: 040 366858

2 - Hostaria "Ai 3 Magnoni"

  • Description: fish restaurant, rigorously always fresh caught on the day, offering creative and innovative dishes; fresh artisan pasta produced in the restaurant
  • specialty: fresh fish caught during the day
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via dell'Eremo, 243 - Get directions / tel: 040 910979

3 - Eat and Run

  • Description: cozy place, suitable for either a quiet lunch or a quick lunch break (possibility of having a buffet lunch); proposes dishes of the local and Italian tradition, with particular attention to fish dishes
  • specialty: fresh fish
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via Valdirivo, 38 / E - Get directions / tel: 040 9778244

4 - Vecio Buffet Marascutti 1914

  • Description: located in the historic center of Trieste, a cozy restaurant with stone walls dating back to 1914; offers traditional Trieste dishes, taking a step back in time
  • specialty: jota
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via Cesare Battisti, 2 / b - Get directions / tel: 040 633719

5 - Caffè degli Specchi

  • Description: opened for the first time in 1839 and located in piazza Unità d'Italia, here you will experience a real step back in time; ideal for breakfast, with different coffees and delicious desserts, also possibility to stop for lunch and dinner
  • specialty: breakfast and brunch
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Unità d'Italia, 7 - Get directions / tel: 040 661973

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