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My Favourite Restaurants in Barga, Italy

There are so many great options for eating out in Barga, Italy.

The restaurants in Barga are authentic, affordable, and because Barga isn’t a town that gets the same amount of tourism as other Italian destinations, you won’t find any ’tourist trap’ restaurants with overpriced mediocre food.

Barga restaurants serve everything from freshly-baked pizza to delicious seafood, rich pasta dishes, and hearty mountain food like polenta and bean soups.

You can’t really go wrong when it comes to Barga food, but I’ve put together a list of my personal favourite restaurants in Barga (updated after my most recent visit, in June 2023).

My Favourite Restaurants in Barga, Italy

The first time I visited Barga was almost 15 years ago, and I’ve been visiting some of the restaurants on the list since way back when I was a teenager!

I have spent a lot of time in Barga, eating at the restaurants on this list multiple times, and trying different dishes. I’ve also explored a wide variety of the restaurants in Barga, from pizzerias to seafood restaurants, and casual bakeries.

As somebody who has been writing about restaurants on this website for years, and as someone who has travelled extensively in Italy, it’s safe to say that when it comes to eating in Italy, I know what I’m talking about!

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Best Restaurants in Barga


You know that if a restaurant is always busy then it must be good, and L’Osteria Barga is ALWAYS jam packed, no matter what time.

I’ve visited L’Osteria a number of times, enjoying dishes such as spinach and ricotta ravioli, lamb cutlets, and spinach tagliatelle with wild garlic, and it’s been great every time.

Not only is the food good, but the charming host and owner Riccardo delivers proper Italian hospitality (and flirtation) in droves.

Good to know

  • You can find L’Osteria at Piazza Angelio, 13, 55051
  • L’Osteria scores a 4.4/5 on Google Maps, with 584 reviews
  • L’Osteria is vegetarian-friendly, with the option to ‘make’ some of the dishes vegan
  • Price range (£-£££) – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Yes
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Wild garlic and spinach tagliatelle on my most recent trip to L’Osteria

Bar Roma

According to my auntie (who has lived in Barga for almost 20 years), Bar Roma, also known as Bar Sport, has the best pizza in all of Barga, and having been there on several occasions, I think she might be right!

Cooked fresh to order and with any topping imaginable (I the recommend prosciutto and mascarpone), these pizzas are comfort food at its finest.

Be sure to order a cold beer to wash down your food – it’s a rule in Italy!

Good to know

  • You can find Bar Roma at Piazza Angelio, 13, 55051
  • Bar Roma scores a 4.7/5 on Google Maps, with 75 reviews
  • Bar Roma is vegetarian-friendly
  • Price range – £
  • Outdoor seating? Yes
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My favourite pizza at Bar Roma

Albergo Alpino (Bar Alpino Barga)

Another local favourite when it comes to pizza in Barga is Alpino, a meeting point in the centre of Barga New Town where the community comes together.

As well as humongous pizzas cooked to order, Alpino’s is also a popular breakfast spot, with a large range of fresh pastries and great coffee.

I love sitting at Alpino’s, because it’s a great people-watching spot, and you always bump into somebody you know here!

Good to know

  • You can find Bar Alpino at Viale Giovanni Pascoli, 41, 55051
  • Bar Alpino has a score of 4/5 on Google Maps, with 207 reviews
  • Bar Alpino caters for vegetarians
  • Price range – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Yes

Ristorante L’Altana Barga

Another local favourite, L’Altana Barga (also known as Altana Barga) also has delicious pastas along with a fine selection of meat dishes.

I’ve been to L’Altana a couple of times, and can recommend the speck and gorgonzola pasta, as well as the creamy burrata with anchovies.

Good to know

  • You can find L’Altana at Via di Mezzo, 1, 55051
  • L’Altana has a Google Maps rating of 4.5/5 with 489 reviews
  • L’Altana is vegetarian-friendly
  • Price range – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Limited to one or two tables
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Burrata at L’Altana

Giro di Boa Barga

Of all the great restaurants in Barga, my all-time favourite is a fish restaurant named Giro di Boa.

Giro di Boa’s menu is absolutely to die for, and the prices are insane (in a good way) considering the quality of the food.

My favourite things to order here are the Spaghetti alla Scoglio (12 EUR), and the massive seafood mixed grill with salad and roast potatoes (18 EUR) – I ordered both when I celebrated my birthday here once!

Another great thing about Giro di Boa is the lovely terrace, on one of the prettiest corners of Barga Old Town.

Giro di Boa also serve complimentary fried anchovies, and their Prosecco is ice cold and just 3 EUR a (large) glass!

If you only get the chance to go to one Barga restaurant, make it this one.

Good to know

  • You can find Giro di Boa at Via Borgo, 1, 55051
  • Giro di Boa has a rating of 4.6/5 on Google Maps, with 230 reviews
  • Giro di Boa is vegetarian-friendly
  • Price range – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Yes
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Spaghetti alla Scoglio

Da Aristo

Da Aristo’s is the hub of Barga, and locals and expats alike always choose Da Aristo as their first port of call for eating, drinking, and socialising.

Located in Piazza Salvi, one of Barga’s most picturesque squares, Da Aristo is a great place for people watching, enjoying a carafe (or several) or local wine, and hunkering down on some tasty local grub with only the highest-quality ingredients.

The food menu includes cold meat and cheese plates, polenta with cheese or sausage, and a variety of homemade flans – the best is the cheese and aubergine.

There’s also live music and singalongs here every Sunday, so if that floats your boat, then get yourself up to Da Aristo.

I’ve enjoyed many a tipsy evening here!

Good to know

  • You can find D’Aristo at Piazza Salvi, 6, 55051
  • D’Aristo has a Google Maps rating of 4.5 and 375 reviews
  • They have vegetarian options, and can make vegan sandwiches/polenta on request
  • Price range – £
  • Outdoor seating? Yes

La Cantina del Vino

La Cantina del Vino is a winery located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the centre of Barga, surrounded by fields and mountains.

While not a restaurant per se, you can enjoy wine tastings here that come with plenty of antipasti, including bruschetta, local cheese and honey, cold meats, and more.

An afternoon spent wine tasting at La Cantina del Vino is one of my favourite things to do in Barga (I’ve been here three times!), and you can read my full review here.

Good to know

  • You can find La Cantina del Vino at Via Mario Mazzoni, 33, 55051
  • They have a 4.8/5 rating on Google Maps, with 296 reviews
  • They are vegetarian-friendly
  • Price range – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Yes

La Loggia del Capretz Bistrot

Capretz has recently changed hands, and while I can’t comment on the food there since the switch (a mix of tapas and Latin American dishes), what I can tell you is that the restaurant itself is stunning, with a balcony that delivers some of the best sunset views over Barga.

Good to know

  • You can find La Loggia del Capretz at Piazza Salvi, S., 1, 55051
  • They have a rating of 4.4/5 on Google Maps, with 384 reviews
  • La Loggia del Capretz is vegetarian-friendly
  • Price range – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Yes
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The darling views from Caffe Capretz


Barretto is a no-frills grocery store, bar, and deli with some outdoor seating and a modest selection of local produce on offer.

Simply ask for what you want in your salad or sandwich, and the lady will prepare it for you.

I got a salad with red onion, tuna, cannellini beans, and olive oil, and it was only around 4 EUR.

Good to know

  • You can find Barretto at Via Umberto Vittorini, 2, 55051
  • As it is not a proper restaurant, there isn’t much of a Google Maps presence, but it does score a 4.8/5 with 9 reviews.
  • Price range – £
  • Outdoor seating? Yes
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My yummy salad at Barretto

Breakfast in Barga

Breakfast in Italy is a sweet and simple affair.

Italians usually just order a sweet pastry or cornetto and enjoy it with a cappuccino (or their coffee of choice).

You will not find trendy brunch cafes or fried breakfasts in Barga, but you will find a handful of nice coffee bars where you can get coffee and cake for less than 3 EUR and catch up on local gossip while you’re at it.

Bar Nardini

Somewhere my family go almost every day for breakfast is Bar Nardini.

Known to locals as Andrea’s place (if you’re asking for directions then this is what you should say), Bar Nardini is next to the CONAD grocery store, and is owned by the same family as Alpino’s.

My aunt swears that Bar Nardini has the best cappuccino in Barga, and the pastries (both sweet and savoury), are great as well.

What’s more, the service here is second to none. After I’d been going to Bar Nardini for a few days, Andrea noticed that I was disappointed that there were never any ricotta pastries left, and so he ordered an extra one especially for me and set it to one side until I arrived the next morning! 

Good to know

  • Bar Nardini doesn’t seem to exist on Google Maps, but head to the large CONAD supermarket and you’ll find it next to the pharmacy.
  • Price range – £
  • Outdoor seating? Yes

Pasticceria Fratelli Lucchesi

A favourite among locals and expats alike, Pasticceria Fratelli Lucchesi is a vibrant pasticceria with a HUGE selection of cakes and pastries, coffees, and aperitivo drinks and snacks later in the afternoon.

Lucchesi gets especially busy on a Saturday morning, when the Barga market comes to town.

Good to know

  • You can find Lucchesi at Piazzale Matteotti, 55051
  • They have a score of 4.8/5 on Google Maps, with 463 reviews
  • Price range – £
  • Outdoor seating? Yes

Wine Not Barga

Wine Not Barga is a new-ish bar and restaurant in a photogenic piazza of Barga Old Town with a chic, rustic interior, a wine list that pulls no punches, and a food menu of Italian favourites.

I’ve only tried the wine here, so can’t comment on the food, but based on local opinion, I’m confident recommending this place!

Good to know

  • You can find Wine Not at Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 7, 55051
  • They have a score of 4.9/5 on Google Maps, with 81 reviews
  • Wine Not is vegetarian-friendly
  • Price range – ££
  • Outdoor seating? Yes

Restaurants in Barga Italy | Final Thoughts

So, that just about brings us to the end of my recommendations for restaurants in Barga, Italy.

I haven’t included every single Barga restaurant on this list – I haven’t been to all of Barga’s restaurants, and I wanted to stick to recommending places that I have personal experience with – but you can rest assured that the ones I have included are all places that my family and I have been frequenting for years.

If you’re in Barga right now and are curious about what else this charming town has to offer, you may enjoy my huge guide to the best things to do in Barga.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but as always, if you have any questions about Barga Italy restaurants then don’t hesitate to reach out and ask in the comments section below!

Until next time,


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