Where to eat in Trieste on a budget

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Martí Micolau

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Capital of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region and its most important historical-cultural center, Trieste it is one of the most particular Italian cities because it is the result of the union and contamination between Mediterranean, Central European and Slavic characters. Although there are many attractions to visit in Trieste, one more interesting than the other, in this article we will focus on another aspect that certainly deserves our attention, namely the cuisine. In particular, we will see which are the dishes to taste absolutely once you arrive in Trieste, also suggesting you some restaurant / place where you can refresh yourself spending little.


  1. Buffet Clai
  2. Osteria Al Tempo Perso
  3. Trattoria Mara
  4. Osteria Salvagente
  5. Lab Lunch Aperitif Bar
  6. Rudy Brewery Buffet
  7. Civitavecchia's pizza
  8. Excalibur
  9. Wishes & Greetings
  10. Spaghettoteca alla Penna bianca
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Buffet Clai

Small but cozy, the Buffet Clai is a fairly famous restaurant in the central area of ​​the city. Despite the few seats available (better to book in advance), a counter allows you to taste local specialties standing up, perhaps for a quick lunch or a hearty snack. Among the recommended dishes, fried fish and traditional appetizers.

  • Address: via Ugo Foscolo 4, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040662543, link page fb
  • Specialty of the house: cooked ham with mustard and sauerkraut
  • Average price per person: € 15,00

2 - Osteria Al Tempo Perso

Not far from the train station, theOsteria Al Tempo Perso is a small family-run tavern, which focuses on friendliness, excellent home cooking and really good value for money. The regulars come above all for the very abundant fish dishes (like calamarata and linguine alla busara), but also to taste some specialties of Slavic origin.

  • Address: via Boccaccio 20, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 328 531 9928, link page fb
  • Specialty of the house: Linguine alla busara
  • Average price per person: € 10,00

3 - Trattoria Mara

Simple atmosphere that tastes of home, the owner is kind and helpful and Friulian DOC dishes: this is the recipe for the success of Trattoria Mara, a small but very popular place especially for traditional flavors. Also excellent are the combinations with the wines of the area.

  • Address: via Vittoria Colonna 5, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 345 859 8242
  • Specialty of the house: Frico
  • Average price per person: € 12,00

4 - Osteria Salvagente

If you are a fish lover and want to eat good dishes overlooking the sea, theOsteria Salvagente is the place for you. The menu is restricted because the dishes offered depend on the availability of the local raw material, which speaks volumes about the freshness and quality of the dishes. Suitable for both a dinner for two and an outing with friends, this tavern is truly an unmissable place if you want to eat in Trieste on a budget.

  • Address: via dei Burlo 1c, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040 260 6699, link page fb
  • Specialty of the house: fish appetizer
  • Average price per person: € 18,00

5 - Lab Lunch Aperitif Bar

Outdoor tables in the pedestrian area, an easy environment ideal for an aperitif or a light lunch. The Lab Lunch Aperitif Bar It is now one of the favorite meeting points for tourists visiting the city, even if even the locals here occasionally indulge in a quick snack. For a stopover after a lot of wandering, this is a perfect place.

  • Address: via San Lazzaro 7, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040 362493, link page fb
  • Specialty of the house: mixed salads
  • Average price per person: € 8,00

6 - Rudy Brewery Buffet

Il Rudy Brewery Buffet offers typical dishes not only of Trieste cuisine but also of Bavarian one: the result is a combination of strong and tasty flavors, which you will surely appreciate. The portions are generous and the waiters, very friendly, will help you in choosing the best beer to combine with the chosen dish. Absolutely to try.

  • Address: via Valdirivo 32, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040 639428, link page fb
  • Specialty of the house: potato strudel
  • Average price per person: € 15,00

7 - The pizza of Civitavecchia

If during your stay in Trieste you feel like a nice pizza cooked on a wood oven, go without hesitation to the pizzeria Civitavecchia's pizza. The wide choice of pizzas (with dough available both in the classic version and with cereals or kamut) and the quality of the ingredients have made the pizzeria one of the best in Trieste, so much so that at the weekend booking is highly recommended to avoid waiting of hours. If you are very hungry, we advise you to order a stuffed calzone: we are sure you will not be disappointed!

  • Address: via dei Crociferi 1c, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040631650
  • Specialty of the house: stuffed calzone
  • Average price per person: € 10,00

8 - Excalibur

One of the best burger houses in the city is without a doubt Excalibur, a recently renovated restaurant on the outskirts. Here you can find all kinds of sandwiches made with high quality meat and accompanied by beer recommended by the highly trained staff. Despite being in a fairly quiet area, the place is always quite full even during the week, which requires a reservation.

  • Address: via Fianona 9, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040 830005, link page fb
  • Specialty of the house: Tomahawk
  • Average price per person: € 18,00

9 - Wishes & Wishes

This place, small and with rather simple furnishings, apparently does not have a great impact: yet it is one of the best restaurants to eat in Trieste, so much so that a customer is very unlikely to be dissatisfied. The dishes, all of high quality, are nothing more than reinterpretations of traditional recipes and the originality of the owners is undoubtedly the added value that distinguishes this place. If you are looking for something new, the Wishes & Greetings is the solution.

  • Address: via Ruggero Timeus 9, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 333 901 8078
  • Specialty of the house: jota revisited
  • Average price per person: € 12,00

10 - Spaghettoteca alla Penna bianca

Finally, we conclude with a strong point in the Trieste restaurant scene. This small place, perhaps located in a not so easily visible corner of the city, is actually a well-known spaghetti shop among the locals. Here you can appreciate the basics of home cooking such as handmade pasta: the portions of spaghetti are all excellent, both in quantity and quality, so much so that once you know the Spaghettoteca alla Penna bianca you will definitely want to go back again, and again, and again.

  • Address: via San Francesco d'Assisi 17, Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel: (+39) 040 371187
  • Specialty of the house: spaghetti
  • Average price per person: € 14,00

Specialties and typical dishes

As happens with the cultural aspects of Trieste, so also in the traditional cuisine of the city the dishes are born from the influence and exchange with different populations (mostly of Balkan origin). This is why, for example, despite being overlooking the sea, many local dishes are based on meat, legumes and other products of the earth. Starting with the appetizers, two dishes on the menu of most restaurants are the cooked ham in a crust, smoked and wrapped in bread dough (to be cut with a knife!) and the liptauer, that is a cheese mousse of Slovenian origin enriched with paprika and cumin, preferably to be spread on a warm crouton. Among the Trieste first courses, the soups stand out, among which the jot, based on sauerkraut, potatoes, beans, sausage, smoked bacon and aromatic spices, or strucoli, similar to cannelloni but cut into slices and stuffed with meat, ricotta and spinach or, alternatively, walnuts and raisins. Among the latter, it is impossible not to mention the g and porzina with capuzi (made with boiled pork, seasoned with mustard, horseradish and sauerkraut). Finally, among the traditional desserts we find the pin (mostly consumed under the Easter holidays), consisting of leavened dough, rum, orange peel, lemon and vanilla. Also very good cook, a sort of whipped butter and sugar soufflé, with breadcrumbs, eggs and flavorings of your choice.

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