Fresh vegetables, olive oil and pure natural flavours are basics in the Italian kitchen. In Gothenburg you will find everything from Neapolitan pizza and pasta al dente, to ossobuco, focaccia, pesto and caprese.
Ok, so maybe the very best pizza is found in Naples, but BOV (short for "bread and wood") on Gibraltargatan is not far behind. Choose between Margherita, Marinara and BOV of the day, while enjoying the rustic and cozy atmosphere. Want to try the same thing at home? Choose your pizza ingredients from the adjacent deli and greenery store.
La Baracca Rossa
The first Italian workers who came to Gothenburg lived in barracks in Sävenäs, an area known as “Little Milano”. In a red barrack, the immigrant workers had access to food, bread and wine from their native country, an agreement between the Swedish and Italian governments. The sons of one of the immigrants, Alex and Adam Reggiano, have established a modern take on this red barrack in Sannegårdshamnen, presenting Italian culinary classics and a welcoming outdoor area.
This charming café at Kaserntorget serves pasta, salads and panini just as they would taste in Rome or Palermo. The same goes for the atmosphere, which reaches its peak during the popular Friday aperitivo (the Italians’ happy hour) where you can sip on a Campari or Aperol Spritz and enjoy carefully selected snacks while getting ready for the weekend.
Trattoria La Strega
Trattoria la strega offers genuine food from Northern Italy, based on locally produced, seasonal and organic ingredients. The menu changes on a daily basis, and the beverage list presents a carefully selected range of natural wines. "Swedified" pizza and pasta is not allowed here, instead you will find things like quail, tripe and zucchini flowers on the menu, just as if you stepped into a trattoria in Lombardy or Piedmont.
This daint little espresso bar next to the shopping mall NK is always crammed with people, in a good way, and more often than not you will hear lively discussions in Italian. The football scarves on the wall, and lunch courses like vitello tonnato indicates a genuine interest for the Mediterranean country and culture, and there is also a wide array of natural wines. Happen to be in town the third Thursday of November? Then this is your place to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day! (No lunch or regular dinner menu during the summer months, check out their Facebook page for the latest info.)
This casual restaurant with an artsy atmosphere sits behind a garage door in Storgatan, a short walk from the main boulevard Avenyn.The menu features both small and large Italian dishes such as lumache (snails), carpaccio, spaghetti vongole and canneloni. Italian and southern German wine regions dominate the beverage list and you will also find carefully selected hand-crafted beers. Keep an eye out for special events, like art shows, Lambrusco nights or jazz sessions, on their Facebook page.
Just a few steps from the hectic party mode in the main boulevard Avenyn you will find Primo Pellgrinos intimate enoteca and restaurant. Here, the atmosphere is more relaxed and the staff familiar, as if you stepped into someone’s living room. The shelfs hold wines from every region in Italy, 120 in total, and the kitchen offer a mix of charcuteries, buffalo mozzarella, bruschette, gnoccho and tiramisù. A reservation is recommended, since the place usually fills up quickly.
Bar Robusta, next to the park Slottsskogen, is frequented by regulars as well as families with children and people who pop in for a quick drink. Enjoy a great cup of coffee, tasty Italian red wine or the popular signature ragout. On Wednesdays, Bar Robusta serves up La cucina povera (the poor man’s kitchen) – a two course meal featuring a very manageable price tag.
The crew behind Bellora have created some of the city’s trendiest hang-outs, like Pigalle, Barabicu and Zamenhof. This hotel and restaurant on the main boulevard Avenyn is no exception – every detail is carefully crafted, from the La Dolce Vita-esque interiors to the Sicilian sourdough pizzas and concepts like Bellini Brunch, Serata Familiare and Magnifico Mondays. Don't miss out on Cielo, one of the best rooftop bars in Gothenburg!