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7 Best Vegan Foods in Italy

Vegan Food in Italy

Italy is famous for its pasta, pizza and risottos but very few people know that Italy can be a vegan friendly destination for any carb-lover thinking of visiting Europe.

I already shared a couple of tips on how to travel vegan in Europe but as an Italian food lover, I just couldn’t not share my favourite vegan food in Italy!

So if you think that vegans can’t eat anything while traveling think again! Here’s a list of all the amazing and ‘naturally’ vegan food in Italy.

7 Best Vegan Foods in Italy

  • Pasta Arriabata

    Pasta Arriabata or Arriabata sauce is a typical Roman dish which consists of red tomato sauce with peppers, garlic and spices. Is one of the most spicy dishes in Italian cuisine and is perfect for those who love a little heat. Usually served with penne, this dish a staple in most of Italy.

  • Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

    Traveling VeganSpaghetti Aglio e Olio is the essence of Italian cooking. Simple and delicious. Italian food is known by its simplicity and is punching flavours. So coming to Italy without trying this dish is unforgivable! Make sure to ask for some bread on the side (commonly served free in all restaurants) to clear up the plate like a proper Italian would do.

  • Bruschetta

    Bruschetta (pronounced bruˈsketta) is a typical vegan dish served as an entrée or aperitivo here in Italy. The original bruschetta will have simple toppings such as tomato, red onions, garlic and parsley.

  • Panzanella

    A real favourite of mine. Panzanella is a bread packed salad which will make you change the way you see salads for-ever! Panzanella is made with chunky pieces of leftover bread that have been toasted and then soaked in the sauce of a fresh tomato, cucumber, onion and basil. Served with lots of olive oil, this is a light-ish dish perfect for the summer days.

  • Panzerotti


    This dish hits close to home. Panzerotto a street-food staple which is nothing but deep fried bread dough with a filling or plain. Sounds boring? Well, that’s because you probably never tried it. This simple ‘accident’ of the Italian cuisine is one of my favourite childhood memories which I was happy to relive while hunting for some delicacies on the streets of Venice.

  • Pizza Bianche di Patate

    Heard of pizza, right? Well, This pizza is probably quite an easy one to find that you won’t have to ask to have the cheese removed. Usually served with thinly sliced potatoes and rosemary, this moist, dough-y and simply amazing pizza is a vegan staple if you want to explore the full food scene of Italy.

  • Gelato

    Gelato 2Well, coming to Italy without having gelato would be terrible, right? But fear no more as I was happy to find out that most gelato shops serve fruit pulp gelati. They look the same (and you may want to double-check on each place) as the regular flavours but if they only have one fruit ingredient, it’s almost certain it’ll be vegan and you can thank me later.

See, Italy is a great option for vegans and you can surely enjoy the full delights of it without missing out the fun and delicious flavours of this world loved cuisine.

Peace & Love,

Larissa x

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