Eating low cost in Bolzano, 5 tips

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Trattorias, taverns, clubs and the Saturday market: excellent tips for typical eating, on a budget, in beautiful Bolzano!

Wandering around the historic center of Bolzano we find many places to eat and drink: the most popular recipes are, of course, those Tyrolean. Pork knuckle, dumplings, schlutzkrapfen (half-moons of spinach and ricotta) e apple strudel they are found almost everywhere. There are refined bars, taverns and inns, where every palate can find its own satisfaction.

However, given our vocation, in this post we focus on some choices of low cost clubs.

1. For the aperitif - Osteria dai Carrettai, via Dr. Streiter

A very small place in the historic center, where you can have an abundant aperitif reinforced by ready meals and selections of beers, wines and cocktails. It is famous for its large selection of tapas, jovial atmosphere and informal service. Given the few internal tables, most of the people pour into the street and face the cold with a good glass of red, some canapés and a lot of chat. From Monday to Friday it is also open for lunch.

2. A typical place: the Cavallino Bianco, via Bottai

Here the atmosphere is really Tyrolean, the dishes are traditional ones, the cooking is home-made and the welcome is familiar (but with the typical dress :-)). It is always crowded and it can also happen that you have to share a table with other people. The Cavallino is there oldest traditional trattoria in Bolzano and has been managed by the Anrather family since 1957. Closed on Sundays.

3. To stay with the people of Bolzano - Bar Osteria da Picchio, via S.Quirino

The restaurant is located a few steps from the historic center, near Piazza della Vittoria, it is very popular especially during the aperitif. Every day it offers a small menu, both for lunch and dinner, with tasty and low cost dishes. Some examples: beef steak, nettle risotto and onion soup, salads and some vegan choices. Good choice of craft beers and local wines. “Il Picchio” enjoys fame thanks to its regular and very loyal customers. Closed on Sunday and Monday evening.

4. Sausages and chips at the Saturday market

The ritual for visitors to the large Saturday market in Victory Square it's a stop at the sausage booth. Weisswurst, Frankfurter or Meraner are eaten strictly standing and outdoors, on a simple waxed paper placemat and accompanied by a sandwich, mustard or mayonnaise. After this refreshing break, you can get lost among the gastronomic stalls of the market and find other savory and sweet specialties, such as pretzel, rye or seed bread, i Donuts, the Strudel he Spitzbuben.

5. For latecomers and for socializing, via Andreas-Hofer - Batzen

For those who dine late there is the Ca'de Bezzi (Batzen), the oldest tavern in Bolzano. The atmosphere here is younger with a wide choice of both traditional dishes and simple burgers and roasts. Wide choice of beers of their production. Next to the small rooms of the old tavern we also find a nice garden / brewery with tables and outside bar, suitable for those who simply sit down for a beer or to eat something delicious. The restaurant often hosts events and concerts and its kitchen closes after midnight.

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