Eating in Bergamo, Italy – The food in Bergamo is exquisite; I have never had a bad meal in this city. Plus some of the best gelato can be found in Bergamo! So you can’t really go wrong with picking a restaurant in Bergamo.
* For what to see and do in Bergamo, Italy visit “Visiting Bergamo, Italy” parts one and two.
I recommend eating at the Pasticceria Donizetti which is located on Via Porta Dipinta street in Bergamo (the main street through the center of the medieval town). This restaurant has an outdoor area but is still under a roof. The pastries are really something and you can ogle them all throughout your meal as they are displayed on a table in the center of the restaurant. Once you are ready for desert you point out what you want from the many choices, most of which are local delicacies. Tip – I noticed one lady was very wise and asked for small portions of three different deserts so she had a sampling; next time I am doing the same thing!
– Fun Fact about Bergamo, Italy – There are many delicious flavors of gelato, and one of the best (in my opinion) is stracciatella which is equivalent to the American version of chocolate chip ice cream, only better! So the fun fact…. This wonderful gelato flavor of stracciatella was invented in Bergamo! Enrico Panattoni (great name!) invented the flavor in 1962 at his famous gelateria “La Marianna” which you can still go to today.
– “La Marianna” is located on Largo Colle Aperto, and in fact it is just before the old city gate and the road up to the park with more panoramic views of the city. For a link to the famous gelateria in Bergamo click here for the website (in Italian) of “La Marianna.”