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Where to eat in Viareggio on a budget

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On every trip the main question is always one: where to eat? Often the demand is accompanied by the search for cheap places such as Street Food stalls, trattorias and taverns rather than starred and refined restaurants.

However, it is not always easy to find places to eat well and spend little if you do not know the area, especially if it is particularly touristy. In this article we talk about Viareggio, a renowned Tuscan seaside resort, where the mere thought of eating fresh fish makes your mouth water and worry about spending too much.

That's why we have selected for you the best places to eat in Viareggio on a budget!



Index

  1. La Barchina Fish & Fried
  2. Trattoria il Capitano
  3. The Lupicant
  4. The Matto Host
  5. Trattoria il Gabbiano
  6. Osteria Piazza Grande restaurant
  7. Trattoria La Bitta
  8. Front of the Port
  9. Antica Locanda da Luca
  10. Da Miro Restaurant
  11. User questions and comments

1 - La Barchina Fish & Fried

The first place we want to show you in Viareggio is the cheapest, fastest and most characteristic: it is the Barchina Fish & Fried, a fryer at the beginning of the promenade designed in a real boat.

This is not a restaurant but one Street Food station where you can eat cheaply, quickly and abundantly cod, anchovies, shrimps and squid but also chicken or mushrooms, all fried and served in disposable containers and with cutlery so that you can continue your walk tasting these delicacies.


  • Address: Lungomolo del Greco, 3 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 3477212848 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Mixed Fried Fish
  • Average price per person: € 8,00
  • Closing day: always open

2 - Trattoria il Capitano

In a very central position and with a maritime-themed entrance, the Trattoria il Capitano welcomes you in a warm environment with typically white and blue furnishings with best seafood dishes of the Viareggio tradition and at really low prices.

This trattoria is renowned above all for its cacciucco and paccheri alla Traboccara, but also serves excellent seafood crudités and anchovies alla Viareggina. The menu has few fixed courses and many preparations of the day, all of high quality, and is also able to satisfy vegetarians, celiacs and intolerants. It goes without saying that the fish is always fresh, combined with abundant courses in combination with excellent Tuscan wines or local craft beers.


  • Address: Via Michele Coppino, 201 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 3341886179 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Cacciucco, Viareggina-style Anchovies, Seafood Crudité, Paccheri alle Trabaccolara
  • Average price per person: € 25,00
  • Closing day: always open

3 - The Lupicant

This restaurant also enjoys a good central location in Viareggio. Il Lupicante is a quiet, modern and informal place, without a proper menu (except for some fixed range) where the choice of dishes is based on fresh fish of the day.

The type of cuisine is very creative as well revisits typical dishes of the local tradition in a modern way and imaginative with exquisite results. Definitely a pleasant surprise, especially given the goodness and generosity of the courses, and the super honest prices.


  • Address: Via Nicola Pisano, 33 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 0584632818 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Fish Mousse, Calamarata, Sea Bass Fillet
  • Average price per person: € 25,00
  • Closing day: Monday

4 - The Matto Host

L'Oste Matto is a young restaurant, still little known but undoubtedly a pleasant discovery, dedicated to those seeking tranquility while remaining within walking distance of the center. Not the classic historic trattoria, but a a place to discover new flavors without neglecting the traditional ones of Viareggio.

The unmissable courses of the menu are in fact i classic paccheri alla Trabaccolara, optimally prepared, e the innovative carbonara di mare, without neglecting the abundant and delicious pan of the fisherman that will make you lick your mustache. L'Oste Matto, if you prefer, is also an excellent pizzeria!


  • Address: Viale dei Tigli, 24 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 3457186561 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Carbonara di Mare, Paccheri alla Trabaccolara, Padellata del Pescatore
  • Average price per person: € 20,00
  • Closing day: always open

5 - Trattoria il Gabbiano

A few steps from the center of Viareggio, another cheap restaurant boasting extraordinary cuisine is the Trattoria il Gabbiano, among the most historic and renowned in the area, especially for its special carbonara di mare, which every day generates a certain influx of people who go there exclusively to taste this dish. Another delight of the restaurant, in addition to all the preparations based on fresh fish, are the homemade sweets which, like every other dish of the Gabbiano, these too they change every day according to the seasonality of the products and to the chef's imagination.

The environment is nice, relaxing and of course decorated with a sea theme with a vintage touch, while the courses are plentiful and they come served quickly even though the place is always full, and above all at modest prices!


  • Address: Via Michele Coppino, 161 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 3925850836 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Carbonara di Mare, Cacciucco and Mixed Fried Seafood
  • Average price per person: € 22,00
  • Closing day: always open

6 - Osteria Piazza Grande restaurant

The Osteria Piazza Grande Restaurant is a simple and informal restaurant with a familiar atmosphere which guarantees the high quality expected in a restaurant while maintaining the standard of portions and prices typical of a tavern. It is located in the center of Viareggio but close to a convenient parking which is definitely a plus point!

The menu includes a few dishes while many others vary according to seasonal availability. The sure choice is the Cacciucco, one of the best you can eat in Viareggio, but also the mixed fried and stewed shrimp with olives are no joke! There is also a good choice of wines and prosecco, the courses are abundant and the prices competitive.


  • Address: Via Machiavelli, 64 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 0584963472 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Cacciucco, Stewed shrimp with olives, Mixed Fried
  • Average price per person: € 28,00
  • Closing day: Monday

7 - Trattoria La Bitta

Even the Trattoria La Bitta enjoys a very central position and it is impossible not to recognize it given its rustic environment characteristic of this type of premises. Inside of the menu is a real surprise! You can choose between a few set dishes or a two or three course tasting menu which vary every day at the respective cost of € 18,00 and € 23,00. Both solutions include water and wine, large portions and guaranteed quality, while the dishes of your choice on the menu have a cost of less than € 10,00, guaranteeing a complete and low cost meal.

Do not miss the cacciucco, linguine with sardines and gnocchi with scampi. Even the desserts boast a certain goodness and quality: absolutely to taste the limoncello cream! Also there is the possibility of gluten-free cooking, not always available in trattorias!

  • Address: Via Regia, 82 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 0584425141 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Cacciucco, Linguine with sardines, Gnocchi with scampi
  • Average price per person: € 15,00
  • Closing day: Sunday

8 - Front of the Port

Fronte del Porto is a welcoming place a few steps from the center, with a furniture obviously inspired by the sea and port theme where you feel at home. If you add to this the quality of the fish always fresh and simple but well cared for dishes, you get a truly extraordinary result.

The kitchen is a mixed between typical Viareggio dishes like the Paccheri alla Trabaccolara, and classic seafood preparations such as seafood risotto, linguine with seafood, mixed fried fish and baked fish, all accompanied by an extensive wine list and served with extreme kindness and professionalism. Prices are among the most competitive in Viareggio!

  • Address: Via Michele Coppino, 99 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 0584631399 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Paccheri alla Trabaccolara, Sea bass in potato crust
  • Average price per person: € 25,00
  • Closing day: Wednesday

9 - Antica Locanda da Luca

The Antica Locanda da Luca is one of the historical places of Viareggio where you are sure to find hospitality, professionalism and quality, all at a good price! Upon entering you will be struck by the rustic and informal atmosphere with wooden furnishings, exposed brick walls and shelves full of wine bottles.

Browsing the menu, however, it is impossible not to notice the section dedicated to Tuscan cuisine and all exquisite preparations based on always fresh fish. You will want to taste everything, so you can opt for the rich 6-course tasting menu at a cost of € 28,00. The portions are substantial and the prices, in comparison, are low!

  • Address: Via Michelangelo Buonarroti, 63 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 0584425529 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Carbonara di Mare and Peppered Mussels
  • Average price per person: € 25,00
  • Closing day: Wednesday

10 - Da Miro Restaurant

Ristorante da Miro is another historic option in Viareggio, a local started in the 50s as an inn for fishermen, today run by children and grandchildren of the original owners where you can breathe an air of home and familiarity. The cuisine of the Da Miro Restaurant is obviously based on fish, combining traditional flavors with imaginative reinterpretations, for a cuisine that is always new but in which typical local dishes are found.

The Cacciucco for example is one of those unmissable dishes and one of the specialties of this place! Also from Miro are present over 700 wine labels from all over Italy, each with its perfect combination, to guarantee a genuine culinary experience. Excellent choice also 5-course tasting menu and of course, the prices are just as great!

  • Address: Via Michele Coppino, 289 - Get directions
  • Contact us: Tel. (+39) 0584384065 - FB page
  • Specialty of the house: Taglierini with Scampi and Black Truffle, Crudité from the Sea, Cacciucco
  • Average price per person: € 30,00
  • Closing day: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Specialties and typical dishes

Finding yourself in Viareggio you will often come across strange names like "Scarpaccia" and "Panzanella", and these are only the smallest part of all the typical dishes a must eat in Viareggio. Here the cuisine is mostly based on fish, but certainly there is no shortage of various meat specialties.

The first par excellence are the Cacciucco Viareggiano, a fish soup, crustaceans and molluscs, and Paccheri alla Trabaccolara with blue fish, tomatoes and chilli, while the second unmissable courses are there Scarpaccia, a savory pie made with zucchini, and the Scottiglia, a stew of mixed meats. There panzanella instead it is a side dish of soaked bread seasoned with fresh vegetables, often also used as an appetizer. IS to conclude at best, Cenci and Torta coì Bischeri for dessert. The first are the typical Carnival sweets now widespread throughout Italy, the second is a tart with a really thick and abundant filling of rice and chocolate.

And in case you fancy an after-hours snack, too the Street Food of Viareggio offers an excellent choice of fish, especially fried!

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