A quick vegan foodie overview of my little trip around Italy
I didn’t post for a long time. I actually had a couple of posts in the pipeline but I got busy and lazy since I was on holiday. Here I am to redeem myself with a short guide of the vegan or vegan-friendly places I visited in Italy.
It was 2 years since last time I went back and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the quantity and quality of vegan options around! Tofu and seitan are in every single supermarket and in many of them you can also find vegan cheese and cold cuts.
I didn’t actually eat out while in Palermo, my hometown, so I’ll skip directly to the other places I went to: Milan, Bologna, Ravenna, Trieste, Verona, Turin. This first post will focus only on Milan, since it’s the biggest city and where we stayed the most.
Being the most cosmopolitan city in Italy, I had no doubt about finding places to eat in Milan. Many options are actually available in several regular restaurants, too.
Oh my goodness! This place is insanely good! I heard about it before so I had to try it. The make everything from scratches. Buns, sauces and patties. The sauces are the best part and what makes each burger unique. I had their signature Flower Burger with Charcoal bun, seitan burger, salad, vegan cheddar and herbs sauce. My girlfriend (not vegan) had a Tofungo, with smoked tofu, mushrooms, salad, and mushroom sauce. She’s not a big fan of tofu in general but she loved this vegan burger! I also suggest their savory potato wedges as a side dish.
Slightly pricey but definitely worth it! Recommended! 8/10
Since I was on holiday I didn’t count any calorie and went full on for all the deliciousness Italy has to offer. And gelato is definitely one of them! Ciacco Gelato is an ice cream shop where you get a lot of information about the ice cream you are choosing. They highlight if it’s organic, fair-trade, DOP-DOC (Italian labels to certify authentic products) and of course, vegan. And there were many vegan options! I went for pistachio and dark chocolate ice cream and, damn, it was really good!
Close to the Duomo so quite expensive (3€ for the small cup). 8/10
A well established fast-food chain in Milan where you get high quality sandwiches, panini and toast, together with good drinks. They have many locations around Milan. I went for vegan sandwich with hummus, grilled zucchini, eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes. Good spot for a quick meal or a break. 7/10
Grom is a chain of gelato shops around Italy and abroad. Their flavors change monthly depending on the season. they have quite a few vegan options available. 6/10
A delicious and cheap vegan restaurant, where you get to order among a large variety of dishes and pay by weight. The food was really good and the owners extremely nice. It is small so it gets very packed. Recommended! 8/10