10 Things to eat in Viterbo and where

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We are located in the north of Lazio, just 50 kilometers from the border with Tuscany. Viterbo, also called the City of the Popes, is ready to enchant you with its history and culture: first capital of Etruscan origin, then papal seat. Within its medieval walls it contains monuments of high artistic and historical value, placing itself among the most important centers of the region.

And not only, the food and wine tradition of this area, called Tuscia, combines the flavors of Roman and Tuscan cuisine, giving life to authentic and genuine recipes. Do not miss the delicious soups and fresh pasta, strictly handmade. Not to mention the famous pancakes, which according to the country are called differently, in Viterbo are the shit.

Are you ready to go on this journey to discover the flavors of Tuscia? Here at the 10 things to eat in Viterbo and where!


  1. cooked water
  2. Chestnut and chickpea soup
  3. Lombrichelli alla Vitorchianese
  4. Canepina hay
  5. Gnocchi with iron
  6. Pancakes
  7. Pignattaccia
  8. Bolsenese pike
  9. Fregnacce
  10. tozzetti
  11. Where to eat in Viterbo: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Acquacotta

It's the dish more traditional than the gastronomy of Tuscia, so tasting it is a must! It's about a soupwhich is composed of four ingredients fundamental and that must not be missing: stale bread, field chicory, mint and extra virgin olive oil added to raw, egg or cod.

It is an ancient recipe, which in Viterbo and throughout Tuscia is still prepared according to tradition. The acquacotta was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: stale bread, field chicory, mint, extra virgin olive oil, egg or cod

2 - Chestnut and chickpea soup

A soup made with chickpeas and chestnuts, perfect on cooler days and during the autumn period. This is indeed the typical dish that is served during all festivals, for example to that of the chestnut. It was also once the traditional first course of Christmas Eve lunch. Very often, the soup is accompanied with dumplings.

The chestnuts used are the famous chestnuts of the Cimini Mountains, where its cultivation has very ancient origins. They have always been a fundamental ingredient for the peoples who lived in this area, as they have a high protein value. Nowadays, their cultivation is controlled and followed by very strict rules.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: chestnuts from Monti Cimini, chickpeas, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil

3 - Lombrichelli alla Vitorchianese

In the former, the pasta is strictly hand made. Umbrellas are a fresh pasta made with flour, a pinch of salt and water, there are no eggs. They have the shape of spaghetti, but are coarser. This is an ancient tradition, which was handed down from mother to daughter. Pasta was, and still is, seasoned either with a simple tomato sauce or with rich and tasty sauces, such as sauce with meat sauce or Viterbo sauce, with sausage and red wine.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack, always
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: water, flour, a pinch of salt

4 - Canepina hay

E' a type of handmade pasta similar to tagliatelle, but cut much thinner. To prepare it, water, flour and eggs are used and once drained, it is dried on hemp cloths. It generally comes topped with sauces such as meat sauce or wild boar, with a generous sprinkling of pecorino on top.

This paste is typical of the city of Canepina, from which it takes its name, which is located just 13 kilometers from Viterbo. It is easily found in many restaurants and clubs and, together with the aforementioned chestnut and chickpea soup, it is one of the most loved and consumed dishes during local festivals.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: water, flour, eggs

5 - Gnocchi with iron

I'm a typical dish of Soriano nel Cimino, a town 20 kilometers from Viterbo. You will also find this dish served in all restaurants and clubs in the area, as it is a real traditional recipe from Tuscia. Obviously, always rigorously handmade, only water, flour and a pinch of salt are used.

There is an interesting story behind their name: they are called gnocchi col ferro, in dialect gnocchi made ch'i ferro, as, to give them their shape, during the preparation a knitting needle is used. Once the dough is made, small pieces of dough are cut and turned over on the iron. They are especially accompanied with meat sauce and porcini mushrooms.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: water, flour, a pinch of salt

6 - Pancakes

Pancakes are among the typical and most loved dishes of Tuscia! Depending on the country or area, their names and ingredients change, but they are always delicious.

If you find yourself in Viterbo in winter and perhaps during Christmas, we absolutely recommend that you taste the broccoli and borage pancakes, a traditional Christmas recipe. Borage is a spontaneous plant typical of the winter period and that grows in the fields.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, extra virgin olive oil, salt, borage, broccoli

7 - Pignattaccia

It is a traditional dish of the city. To prepare this stew it is necessary to use less valuable cuts, and therefore also less expensive, of beef and various vegetables.

The name derives from the cooking technique: all the meats were in fact thrown into a pot, alternating them with vegetables, and the pot was then covered with paper straw and closed with a lid.
It is a hearty dish, of the peasant tradition, as it could be prepared at low cost.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: second choice cuts of beef, tail, tripe, vegetables, red tomato sauce, white wine and red wine, extra virgin olive oil

8 - Bolsenese pike

For all fish second courses in the area, fish from Lake Vico and Lake Bolsena are used and the most popular are pike, perch and whitefish.
As you can already understand from the name, this dish is typical of the area of ​​Lake Bolsena, but widespread throughout the Tuscia and you will not have difficulty finding it in the restaurants of Viterbo.

This dish is not difficult to prepare, you can also try to make it at home, but despite its simplicity and a riot of flavors. The great protagonist of the dish is the pike. To prepare it, you have to brown the fillets in a pan with oil, garlic and a little chilli, deglaze with white wine and finally add the tomato sauce and capers.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: pike, tomato sauce, capers, white wine, chilli, oil

9 - Fregnacce

And now it's time to move on to the typical sweets of Tuscia. There are so many and all very good, we will limit ourselves to introducing you to the most famous, starting from the shit, the sweet pancakes typical of Viterbo! Prepared during the carnival and loved by everyone, there is also a popular saying about them: "Le fregnaccie so 'bone calle o chiacce", that is, that shit is good both hot and cold.

They are similar to crepes, both in terms of preparation and their final appearance. Once ready, they are stuffed with different fillings, the most common are mixed ricotta, cinnamon powder and sugar or with fruit jam. They are then rolled up, cut in half and covered with sugar, ready to eat!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, eggs, powdered sugar,

10 - Tozzetti

These are probably the most traditional dessert in the whole of Viterbo and Tuscia. Originating from Soriano nel Cimino, the ingredients and preparation vary little according to the country in which they are prepared.

It is rustic and crunchy sweets, similar in appearance to Tuscan cantucci, but instead of almonds they come use hazelnuts, exclusively from Monti Cimini. Very old recipe, they are traditional for Christmas and are enjoyed with vin santo. But you can find them all year round and they are perfect for breakfast to start the day on the right foot.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, hazelnuts from Monti Cimini, sugar, milk, eggs

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

In Viterbo, the historic center is full of clubs of all kinds and price ranges, from taverns offering traditional dishes to more international venues, including hamburgers and grilled cuts of meat, from places where you can have a quick lunch to restaurants where you can enjoy a multi-course dinner. Here's where to eat in Viterbo:

1 - The Osteria del Vicolo

  • Description: located in the historic center; rustic and welcoming place with a fireplace where the meat is prepared on sight, offers traditional Viterbo dishes
  • specialty: Roman-style lombrichelli and Viterbo-style tripe
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via S. Vito, 10 - Get directions / tel: 0761 226893

2 - Ancient Tavern

  • Description: located in the historic center; room with exposed stone and a beautiful fireplace; offers platters of local cold cuts and cheeses and traditional first and second courses; seasoned and grilled cuts of meat
  • specialty: main courses of grilled meat
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via Sant'Agostino, 12 - Get directions / tel: 0761 305502

3 - Hostaria Lo Spito

  • Description: located in the historic center; cozy place, suitable for both romantic dinners, family or groups; offers traditional dishes and delicious cuts of meat
  • specialty: cut of meat
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via S. Leonardo, 63 - Get directions / tel: 0761 227257

4 - BiPizza Monastery

  • Description: located in the historic center; ideal if you feel like pizza, it offers XL pizzas and calzoni in a rustic and welcoming place
  • specialty: double pizza with double taste
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: via Fattungheri, 8 - Get directions / tel: 0761 324346

5 - Street food by Tony Crock

  • Description: located in the historic center; defined as the wizard of street food, he offers delicious sandwiches stuffed with different ingredients than usual and always of excellent quality
  • specialty: Hamburger
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: via Cardinal Pietro la Fontaine, 7 - Get directions / tel: 347 5007366

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