Friuli Venezia Giulia

A taste of Italian foodie heaven: lip-smacking weekends in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Bordered by Austria and Slovenia, Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia is a vibrant mix of cultures and customs.

Not only does this mean there’s plenty to see and experience, but there’s also a wealth of gastronomic delights to feast on. If your dream holiday is a melting pot of tantalising flavours, head to FVG’s capital Trieste – an ideal starting point for food-focused winter weekends.

Follow my lead by exploring this ancient city’s architecturally astounding streets to sample hearty stews, sugar-laced strudels and locally produced Grappa. If you migrate northwest to quaint Pordenone or northeast to Udine, you’ll find a further feast-worthy fare. I swooned over the polenta pastissada (a cornmeal dish loaded with gooey cheese and rich meat sauce) and delectably sweet dessert pizzas. Not to mention the stunning mountain views, intoxicating atmosphere and sublime seascapes!

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Best places to eat in FVG


Regardless of your budget, there is sure to be a delectable meal on the cards during your FVG foodie adventure.

Where to stay on your foodie getaway to FVG

Modern boutiques and food-focused abodes.

Immerse yourself in a foodie hub


Book a room at the Astoria Hotel Italia to immerse yourself in the foodie hub of Udine. Nestled in the city’s bewitchingly historic centre on a street lined with classic Italian architecture, this is where you’ll drift across polished wooden floors and relax among leather and mahogany furniture. I come here for the hotel’s dedication to gastronomy. The onsite restaurant showcases regional dishes, while friendly staff can help organise trips to nearby producers of Grappa, wine and ham. You’re also an easy four-minute meander from the inviting eatery Vitello d’Oro.

Astoria Hotel Italia

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (549 reviews)

Blending old Italian style with modern interiors


Just moments from Pordenone’s historic heart, this hotel blends old Italian style with plush modern interiors. Its recently renovated rooms are more than affordable, which is why I tend to base myself here when exploring FVG’s northwest. I’m usually torn between devouring the buffet breakfast – a bounty of freshly baked pastries, bread, cold-cut meats and local cheeses – and heading out into the city to mingle with locals over brunch. Of course, you can always take breakfast early in the hotel, then the 20-minute walk to Al Cenacolo for a late lunch. 

Hotel Montereale

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (182 reviews)

A budget-friendly stay in Trieste


Keen to experience Trieste without breaking the bank? Each of this four-star hotel’s 44 rooms are swathed in lush fabrics across sleek wooden floors, providing a sense of grandeur that far exceeds the nightly room rate. Even more impressive is the fact that this building once housed the writer James Joyce – literary buffs can stay in a room dedicated to him. I love this place for the fact that it’s affordable without compromising on style. It’s also just an eight-minute walk from historic Trattoria Da Giovanni for mouthwatering meals that don’t cost the earth.

Victoria Hotel Letterario

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (1531 reviews)

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