The myth goes like this: a restaurant can’t have good view and good food at the same time. Not true. There are gem places that have both – you’d enjoy exquisite dishes and stunnig vistas at the same time, and feel like “c’est la vie.”
As I said in my previous posts, Italians love their secrets and do a great job keeping them. Today I am gonna reveal 5 of these top dining places with amazing views:
1. Aroma, Rome – Colosseum by your side
A night of Roman experience with quality food and Colosseum view? Here is THE place. The terrace restaurant is right beside the Colosseum, which means you can literally immerse yourself in the vista of this imperial grandeur while savoring classic Italian food.
Food-wise, the restaurant’s Rome-born chef centers his offerings on handmade, fresh pasta. With strictly local ingredients and a seasonal menu, it seems impossible to go wrong.
Perfect for: first-timer in Italy, history lovers, and jet-setting traveler
2. Ristorante Sostaga – Soak in the blue of Lake Garda
Imagine a green veranda, a cozy room with ancient fireplaces and candlelight, and a panoramic lake view… it’s exactly what you need for a relaxing holiday. The blue of Lake Garda is a different kind than other water: it is subtler than Caribbean’s turquois blue, yet evokes a more calming feeling in you.
Sostaga’s cuisine has a modern and imaginative touch. So if you want a small break from the classical Italian recipes like pasta, pizza kind (I know they are amazing, but you get tired after days), this place is on point.
Perfect for: peace-seekers, fish lovers, and adventurous gourmets
3. Le Sirenuse’s restaurant, Positano – Eat like a Celebrity
This is how I personally define Italian celebrity life: terrace tables in white and blue, tasteful flowers in color harmony, and classic vaults… while in Positano. Now you get the chance to get a taste of that too. This Michelin-star restaurant is quietly hidden inside a luxury hotel: those who know it, tend to want to keep the secret to themselves.
It is the ultimate Mediterranean dream: sweeping vista of the colorful towns, sounds of mandolin and guitar, and an elegant crowd...Come during nighttime, where more than 400 candles will be lit up to adorn the restaurant and give the most romantic setting.
4. Borgo San Jacopo, Florence – In the Middle of a Florentine Postcard
Michelin fine dining with Florence’s iconic bridge, Ponte Vecchio by the window? Yes, this place exists and it is real. Located right at the edge of Florence’s Arno River, this modern-feel restaurant features a more refined dining experience and an intimate ambience. The environment is elegant, welcoming, yet not necessarily pretentious.
Dishes here are incredibly beautiful, well-designed, and fresh-tasting. If the touristic frenzy in the heart of Florence tires you down, you’d be very pleased here.
Perfect for: Modernists, lovers, gourmets for refined dining
5. Bauder de Pisis, Venice – Food bliss on the Grand Canal
A classical Venetian-style terrace restaurant on the Grand Canal, with a view of the famous Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. Hands down: Venice’s best restaurant view is here. The cuisine is particularly Venetian too, yet some dishes do contain some exotic touch with oriental spices – that is exactly like Venice’s own story, isn’t it?
Perfect for: those who believe in the magic of Venice and those who do not (yet)