Pisa boasts a plethora of restaurant serving top-notch Italian cuisine from pizza and pasta to gelato and tiramisu. Throughout the city’s four quarters you’ll find a fine selection of places to choose from, whether you’re looking for a slice on the run or a sit-down meal. All budgets are catered for too, with some great menu deals and daily specials offered.
Some of the most popular eateries in Pisa can be found in and around Santa Maria’s Piazza Dante, but that’s not the only place to check out when you want to eat. There are quite a few places in the streets off the Pizza del Duomo too, and despite being quite close to the Leaning Tower and a quite touristy area, many of them are really good value.
From morning ‘til night, you’ll find restaurants and cafés all over the city serving up delicious Italian dishes. Firm favourite like spaghetti and pizza are offered alongside other dishes like risotto and a wide variety of seafood. The coffee is strong and espressos are the drink of choice.
And of course, no visit to Pisa would be complete without trying some of the delicious gelato. This ice-cream is sold in a huge number of places throughout the city and comes in a wide variety of flavours including lemon, chocolate, and many more.
To save a bit of money while in the city, hang on to your empty water bottles. Instead of buying more, just refill them for free at the handy water fountains scattered throughout Pisa.
Borgo Stretto 54, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy
One of the many cafés along Borgo Stretto, Lo Sfizio stands out thanks to its comfortable atmosphere, tempting menu and great prices. A good place to stop at any time of the day, it offers everything from pastries and coffee to pasta and gelato. So whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, make sure you check it out.
Open daily, 7am-2am.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II 1, Sant'Antonio, Pisa, Italy
Offering a selection of typical Tuscan dishes, the menu here is varied and great value, with a huge choice of pizzas, pasta dishes and more. While the decor may be pretty plain, the food is anything but making it well-worth a look for either lunch or dinner.
Open daily, 10am-3.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm.
Via Palestro 37, San Francesco, Pisa, Italy
The perfect place for lunch, dinner or just a snack, Capatosta is a stone’s throw from Pisa’s Teatro Verdi making it a pretty popular spot. That’s not the only thing it has going for it though. The food is just as appealing as the location, with a number of daily specials to choose from up on the board. Bowls of pasta are especially good value, with cheap salads also offered.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-4pm, closed Sun.
Via Roma 70, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy
If you sit at one of the tables outside this popular spot, you’ll be able to catch a pretty substantial glimpse of the Cathedral while you eat. Not just boasting a great location, this restaurant also offers a top-notch selection of Italian dishes for you to choose from. From pasta to veal, it’s all on the menu here with daily specials available too.
Open daily, 11am-10pm.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II, Sant'Antonio, Pisa, Italy
The outdoor tables of this well-trafficked spot are just the place to sit and enjoy delicious gelato on a hot day in Pisa. As well as a mouth-watering array of colourful ice-cream, La Borsa also offers sandwiches, cakes, coffees, and more.
Open Thurs-Tues 7am-8.30pm, closed Wed.
Viale A. Gramsci 2, Sant'Antonio, Pisa, Italy
A café and bar, this is a great spot for breakfast as they offer a wide variety of pastries including croissants and custard-filled doughnuts. The coffee is dark and strong, and in the morning you’ll see lots of people stop by here for their morning espresso. It’s also popular throughout the rest of the day, thanks to its selection of sandwiches and snack foods, while at night it becomes a popular wine bar with a huge variety of drinks available. You can sit at one of the tables inside and listen to the pop music played over the impressive sound system or take one of the outdoor tables and watch the world go by.
Open daily, 24 hours.
Via S. Martino 93, San Martino, Pisa, Italy
With large squares of pizza available at really low prices, this is a great spot to pick up a cheap and speedy lunch or dinner. A selection of different toppings are available, while pasta dishes are also offered. If you fancy sitting with your pizza, you can perch inside on one of the tall stools at the counter or take a seat at one of the tables outside. Alternatively, do like the locals and carry your piece away to be eaten as you sit on the walls along the river.
Open daily, 11am-8.30pm.
via San Francesco, San Francesco, Pisa, Italy
A funky restaurant with a chic interior, this eatery close to Pisa’s Odeon cinema does some great offers including a cinema menu available at a special price. Dishes run the gamut from pasta to pizza to risotto, with a number of tasty desserts also offered.
Open Tues-Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm & 7.45pm-10.30pm, Sun 7.45pm-10.30pm, closed Mon.
Via Santa Maria 163, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy
Quite close to the Field of Miracles, this restaurant gets a lot of traffic thanks to its location. It also gets a lot of repeat business, and that’s thanks to the quality of its food. A great selection of both pizzas and pasta dishes make up just one section of the large menu. Staff try and tempt passersby from the entrance to the large outdoor seating area, touting their special offers like the set menus offered from as little as $9.
Open daily, 11am-11pm.