The most popular restaurants strange and original from Italy

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indulge a dinner in a nice restaurant, which they may have talked about very well, is certainly a rewarding experience. It can also be romantic, satisfying, full of taste or adventurous, perhaps when tasting ethnic specialties or typical dishes from other countries. However, there are some restaurants where the dining experience is almost overshadowed. The reason why? It can be said that some restaurateurs, around the world, have thought of at least bizarre strategies to increase the attractiveness of their restaurant.

Have you ever heard of, for example, the Clothing Optional Dinner? Those who chew English will have already understood what it is: in fact, in a New York restaurant, they are organized dinners to be enjoyed completely naked! Why not mention also Japan, the home of oddities. In this restaurant called Modern Toilet Restaurant you dine in a toilet! In fact, all the furniture in the room is reminiscent of the bathroom, from the toilet seats to the tables - sink. How is the situation in Italy? Even in our peninsula it is possible to find strange and original restaurants, let's see what they are!

14 - Trattoria Da Nennella

This is the Neapolitan cousin of the more famous La Parolaccia di Roma. This place is also a historic meeting place in the city of Naples, in business in the Quartieri Spagnoli district since 1949. Those who have lunch or dinner here should know that entertainment is always present, almost invasive: from the waiters who throw jokes and not too light jokes to flying dishes. Excellent home-style cuisine, as well as the value for money. Why don't you try the Fruit Cabinet?

  • Where is it: Naples
  • Type of cuisine: typical Neapolitan
  • Average price per person: 20 Euros
  • Contacts: Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo, 103/104/105 Naples - Telephone: 081 414338

13 - Grotta Palazzese

The Grotta Palazzese summer restaurant is built inside the best known and largest natural cave of the 80 present along the rocky coast of Polignano. Access to the restaurant is only guaranteed by a narrow staircase carved directly into the rock. The atmosphere is indescribable and unique, the prices a bit high but the scenery deserves it.

  • Where is it: Polignano a Mare (BA)
  • Type of cuisine: Italian cuisine
  • Average price per person: 130 Euros
  • Contacts: Via Narciso, 59 Polignano a Mare (BA)

12 - TramJazz

Following the initiative organized by the Milanese transport company, Rome also has his itinerant restaurant aboard a tram, with the addition of jazz music. On board these wagons it is possible dine by candlelight, taste specialties made with Lazio and km 0 products, listen to a jazz orchestra playing and fill your eyes with the beauties of the capital. What more could you want?

  • Where is it: Rome
  • Type of cuisine: typical local cuisine
  • Average price per person: 70 Euros
  • Contacts: Piazza Porta Maggiore, Rome - Telephone: 339 633 4700

11 - The Italian-American

The name and setting do not suggest anything particular. Yet this restaurant is the first in Italy to host special evenings where it is possible to dine completely naked.

  • Where is it: Cerro Maggiore (MI)
  • Type of cuisine: Italian American
  • Average price per person: 100 Euros
  • Contacts: via S. Clemente, 151 Cerro Maggiore (MI) - Telephone: 0331 512855

10 - Ristoaereo

"Ladies and gentlemen, the captain welcomes you on board ..." No, we were not wrong, this is the very welcome you will hear sitting at the tables of this restaurant! Part of this restaurant is in fact constituted from inside the Convair mod. Metropolitan 440, an American aircraft purchased by Alitalia and sold to the Italian Air Force in the s. A luxury location, since this model of aircraft was used by the President of Coca Cola, in America, and for Presidential trips, in Italy.

  • Where is it: Fiumicino (RM)
  • Type of cuisine: Mediterranean cuisine
  • Average price per person: 70 Euros
  • Contacts: Via Trincea delle Frasche, 90 Fiumicino (RM) - Telephone: 339 616 6937

9 - At the Oste that isn't there

Its name should already suggest the particularity of this tavern. First of all it is necessary to say that it is located in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, home of renowned wines and prosecco. In this locality, on the top of a hilly hermitage that offers a magnificent panorama, there is an inn that offers snacks in an atmosphere of great conviviality. Where is the particularity of the place, you are wondering? Nobody in this tavern will come to present the bill. Here we serve ourselves freely and, at the end of the meal, everything is sent back to the honesty of customers and tourists. You pay by depositing the sum decided in a box placed on one of the tables.

  • Where is it: Valdobbiadene (TV)
  • Type of cuisine: typical tavern cuisine, cold cuts and local wines
  • Average price per person: everyone decides how much to pay
  • Contacts: Str. Delle Treziese, Valdobbiadene (TV) - Telephone: 335 610 1702

8 - Ciabot restaurant

Dubbed the craziest restaurant in Italy, the Ciabot di Rivanazzano welcomes its customers with a splash of aperitif directly from the machinery to spread the herbicide. If you think this is the most that can happen to you here, you will soon change your mind. The cover is made up of pieces and rags, the appetizer could arrive on a tile! The mad waiters carry the risotto in a wheelbarrow, "beating" the dish into the plate with a trowel, as if it were freshly mixed concrete. After the pudding served in a chamber pot, maybe you will need a toothpick, then no problem: special lumberjacks will make it under your eyes directly from wooden logs.

  • Where is it: Rivanazzano Terme (PV)
  • Type of cuisine: local cuisine
  • Average price per person: fixed price 50 Euro per person
  • Contacts: via Giorgio Pedemonti, 1 Rivanazzano Terme (PV), Telephone: 340 080 2427, 0383 944134

7 - Cencio The bad word

A historical place not only Roman but Italian. Since 1941 this restaurant has been distinguished by the shows and the soundtrack that accompany the dinner, composed by Roman folklore and from songs based on often vulgar themes and seasoned with at least a colorful language.

  • Where is it: Rome
  • Type of cuisine: typical Roman homemade
  • Average price per person: fixed price 50 Euro per person
  • Contacts: vicolo del Cinque, 3 Rome - Telephone: 06 580 3633

6 - Only For Two

Do you want an intimate, yet very intimate dinner with someone special? This is the restaurant for you. It is precisely called Solo per Due as the restaurant room has a single table for two people. The staff of chefs and waiters will be entirely dedicated to you, in an extremely romantic and private atmosphere.

  • Where is it: Vacone (RI)
  • Type of cuisine: Italian cuisine
  • Average price per person: 250 Euros
  • Contacts: Via Villa di Orazio, 2 Vacone (RI) - Phone: 0746 676873

5 - The House of the Demon

This restaurant is dedicated to those who love their steak really rare! Horror atmospheres await the customers of this place, where it is possible to taste Argentine meat specialties by leaning on coffin-shaped tables. You will also be surrounded by skulls and ghosts and all kinds of scary decorations.

  • Where is it: Turin
  • Type of cuisine: grilled meat
  • Average price per person: 40 Euros
  • Contacts: via San Domenico, 3B Turin - Telephone: 011 436 7864

4 - Bounty Sea Tavern

If your passion is pirates and sea voyages you can eat a pizza in this restaurant in Florence, which attracts the interior of a real galleon. The tables in the restaurant are made from lifeboats and there is a room set up to resemble a real deck of a ship, also equipped with a suggestive starry sky.

  • Where is it: Florence
  • Type of cuisine: spaghetti, pizzeria
  • Average price per person:
  • Contacts: via Aretina, 139 / red Firenze - Phone: 055 650 4320

3 - Dialogue in the Dark

It is known that when one of our 5 senses fails for some reason, the other 4 immediately become more active. This is why the institute for the blind in Milan wanted to open a restaurant at its headquarters where diners can identify with those who do not have sight. Will the aromas and flavors really be more pronounced? Seeing is believing.

  • Where it is: Milan
  • Type of cuisine: typical Italian
  • Average price per person: 50 Euros
  • Contacts: Istituto dei Ciechi di Milano, Via Vivaio, 7 Milan - Phone: 02 7722 6210

2 - Galeotte dinners

For over ten years this unique initiative has been repeated, which takes place at the Volterra Prison House. Prestigious chefs are ready to collaborate with inmates to delight the customers of this more than exclusive restaurant.

  • Where is it: Volterra (PI)
  • Type of cuisine: Italian cuisine
  • Average price per person: 35 Euros
  • Contacts: Fortezza Medicea - Detention House, Rampa di Castello, 4 Volterra - Phone: 055 2345040

1 - ATMosphere

It is a way to get to know not only the specialties of the Milanese territories but also the history and the most evocative corners of the city. How is it possible to reconcile all these things? The city transport company makes available two restored trams which constitute a traveling restaurant in retro style. On board these characteristic carriages it is possible to travel around Milan and enjoy meat, fish or vegetarian menus. As to be expected, places are limited so it is advisable to book in advance.

  • Where it is: Milan
  • Type of cuisine: Italian
  • Price per person: 70 Euros
  • Contacts

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