Holiday Dining in Italy

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Each year we put together a list of restaurants in Rome, Florence, and Venice where you can enjoy a special meal on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s. While it can sometimes be tricky to navigate where to eat, one does not have to look only to hotel restaurants, as there is always a selection of wonderful eateries that often create special menus just for the occasion. Where known we have tried to include pricing for any special, fixed price menus that may be on offer for the holidays. Buon appetito!


Context docent and writer Katie Parla has put together a nice listing of Rome restaurants open for the holidays over on her blog ParlaFood. To round out her listing, we would add the following:

DiTirambo (Piazza della Cancelleria 75 – Campo de’Fiori) – open December 24, 25, and New Year’s Eve with a fixed price menu for dinner each evening (€50 pp, €40 pp, and €120 pp all with wine). tel: +39.06.687.1626

La Locanda del Pellegrino (via del Pellegrino 107 – Campo de’ Fiori) – Open December 24 – January 1. tel: +39.06.687.2776.


Buca Lapi (via del Trebbio 1/r – Duomo) – open for dinner December 24 and New Year’s Eve. Menu a’ la carte. tel: +

Osteria Pepo (via Rosina 4/6r – Mercato Centrale) – open for lunch/dinner December 24, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. Menu a’ la carte. tel: +

Il Santo Bevitore (via Santo Spirito 66/r) – open lunch December 24, dinner December 26, New Year’s Eve lunch and fixed price six-course dinner (€100 excluding wine) tel: +  The owners also have a smaller restaurant, Il Santino, just next door, which will be open on December 26 and New Year’s Eve for lunch and dinner.


Ostaria Boccadoro (Cannaregio 5405a – Campo Widmann) – open lunch and dinner December 24 and 26. Lunch only Christmas.  New Year’s Eve lunch and fixed price dinner menu (€150 excluding wine – begins at 8:45 pm) tel: +39.041.521.1021

Locanda Cipriani (Torcello – Piazza Santa Fosca) – open lunch December 25 and 26 with special a’ la carte Christmas menu. New Year’s Eve lunch and fixed price dinner gala with concert and fireworks (€250 including wine). There will be a shuttle from San Marco to Torcello in service for the evening. tel: +39.041.730.150

Note that for both New Year’s Eve dinners listed in Venice, a deposit will need to be paid in advance to reserve your spaces.