Where to Eat in Cosenza: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 25, 2018 Hector Krause

Cosenza (Italian: [koˈzɛntsa]  listen (help·info)) is a city in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. The city proper has a population of 71,000; the urban area counts over 268,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the Province of Cosenza, which has a population of around 735,000. The demonym of Cosenza is cosentino in Italian and Cosentian in English.
Things to do in Cosenza

1. Lascia la Gabbia

Contrada Episcopano, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$290 - HK$1,154 +39 333 493 4213
Excellent
52%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 298 reviews

Lascia la Gabbia

Reviewed By CoffeeInEurope - Amarillo, Texas

Very nice restaurant serving very good steak. We tried a variety of starters and the fondue with truffles was the best. Steak was fork tender and good flavor. Service was excellent and the view is spectacular!

2. Al Girone dei Golosi

Via Pasquale Rossi 79 | A 500mt Svincolo Cosenza A3 SA-RC, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$196 - HK$385 +39 0984 394859
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 799 reviews

Al Girone dei Golosi

Reviewed By Betula103 - Australia

Upon entering this gave the impression of being an upmarket restaurant however our experience was entirely to the contrary. The staff were unfriendly and offhand.
The pasta was dried out as was the small amount of sauce which just stuck to the pasta. Some of the pasta was actually crunchy suggesting that it had been cooked previously and reheated. There were only two tasteless tiny marble sized meat balls. One member of our group only had one meatball. Very little was eaten by each person. The next course consisted of two small egg sized rolls of vbeal containing some sort of filling plus a serve of particularly oily potato pieces. For sweets I had a small piece of very dry fig tart without any cream, custard or icecream. After so many lovely meals recently in Sicily and Calabria this meal was a disgrace. I have never before had occasion to write such a damning review of a restaurant. I have had better meals at cheap ordinary cafes and grills. I cannot fi9nd one positive thing to say about the meal which is without the worst restaurant meal I have ever had in my quite long and well travelled life.

3. Antica Locanda dal Povero Enzo

Via Monte Santo 42, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0984 28861
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 424 reviews

Antica Locanda dal Povero Enzo

Reviewed By T0r0nt0nianTraveller - Toronto, ON

We stumbled upon this restaurant during an afternoon in Cosenza. What a wonderful surprise as this restaurant far exceeded our expectations for a nice sit down lunch. The menu is divided between Tuscan and Calabrese dishes. Food was exceptional - some of the best that we had in Italy. We took the servers recommendation and had the pasta made from chestnut flour with guanciale .... a revelation! All of the food was excellent. Service was very good, think friendly but very professional. Small place seats about 25 - wood paneling, table cloths and crystal. Exceptional value - would have happily payed twice as much.
If you are in the city you must go - I am looking forward to going back day.

4. Le Magnolie

Via Donato Bendicenti | Vicino Comando dei Vigili Urbani, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0984 791683
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 730 reviews

Le Magnolie

Reviewed By CristiKant - Madrid

i have been there with my Family, as one of my best friend kept telling me this was the best pizza he had ever tried. And I was not disappointed!
Fantastic pizza, great antipasto, delicious dessert (pizza with nutella on top), familiar environment and Top notch service. At a very affordable price.
Highly recomended.

5. Le Cucine di Palazzo Salfi

Quartiere Paparelle | Palazzo Salfi, Cosenza, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$126 - HK$432 +39 0984 152 1782
Excellent
79%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Le Cucine di Palazzo Salfi

Le Cucine di Palazzo Salfi si trova al pianterreno di Palazzo Salfi, storico palazzo costruito dalla famiglia Salfi - famiglia di artisti e letterati - nell'ultimo decennio dell'800 in uno dei quartieri cosentini piu suggestivi, le Paparelle, puntinato di case che ancora parlano al cuore. E il ristorante, volutamente, mantiene quello spirito pompeiano tanto caro ad Enrico Salfi, filologo innamorato dell'antichita, pittore, poeta, musicista, fine conoscitore della cultura classica.Le tre sale - con un'ambientazione fortemente caratterizzata per materiali, decori e arredi - e il giardino esterno sono la location giusta per una cena fra amici, un pranzo di lavoro o un occasione particolare da festeggiare. Un posto unico dove arte contemporanea e gusto si incontrano in maniera felice e naturale. Echi di Calabria -- delle montagne della Sila e delle coste tirreniche -- risuonano nei piatti di Maurizio Miceli, giovane e creativo chef delle Cucine di Palazzo Salfi.Una cucina semplice, lineare e leggera ma mai scontata e banale con piatti della memoria che vogliono riscoprire le identita perdute della nostra terra.Anche il pane -- con tutte le sue profumate e saporite varianti -- viene fatto a mano, proprio a recuperare una vecchia tradizione contadina. Cibo per la bocca e per il cuore, ricette antiche con tecniche modernissime, un approccio creativo che sperimenta e ricerca equilibri tra innovazione e la piu autentica tradizione calabrese.Il risultato sono piatti dove la misura e l'efficacia degli accostamenti, l'originalita dei sapori che ne scaturiscono danno vita ad una cucina evocativa capace di stimolare ricordi e sensazioni, di suggerire luoghi e profumi... perche quando si mangia non si mangia solamente con la bocca ma anche con gli occhi, con le orecchie, con la testa e con il cuore.

Reviewed By herbertwang2 - Millburn, New Jersey

Best meal in our 3 days in Cosenza. We especially enjoyed the black pig. The interior has been beautifully renovated. The owner and staff were really great.ty

6. Al Vecchio Ulivo

Contrada Cozzo Presta, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0984 21494
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 502 reviews

Al Vecchio Ulivo

Reviewed By chris e - London, United Kingdom

I will not tell you nothing for the food because EVERITHING WAS PERFECT!!!!!!But I will tell you how you get there because it's VERY DIFFICULT !!!You leave Cosenza and you take the road to Donnici(inferno for some GPS)When you ender to the village on your right hand in a wall you will see a small plate with the name on it and you take a right turn.Follow the country road for 3-4 kilometers and you will see the trattoria in your left hand.JUST DO THE JORNEY !!!!!

7. Ristorante Hippocampus

Via Piave 33, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0984 22103
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 421 reviews

Ristorante Hippocampus

Reviewed By Nimbus71

We had lunch here today and it was great! Nice clean seafood restaurant. We had antipasto of the house (combination of lovely fried seafood, salads and rafish). We had the daily pasta with black olives, zucchini flowers and acciughe which was highly tasteful. Chocolate cake, sorbetto al limone and grappa after. Have made Reservations again for the next day!

8. Aquila Reale

Contrada Rosario, 13, Mendicino, Italy Reservations Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0984 632164
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Aquila Reale

Reviewed By Andrea C - Cosenza, Italy

Locale carino, personale qualificato, prezzi medi,antipasto di terra molto buono, ambiente familiare, l'unica cosa, il pesce, meglio lasciarlo ai ristoranti delle località marine........

9. Siamo Fritti

Via Riccardo Misasi 125/D, 87100 Cosenza, Italy Delivery, Reservations Thai Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 348 927 7247
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Siamo Fritti

Reviewed By kinggaspy - Cosenza, Italy

Tutto buonissimo dalle polpette ai primi piatti. Peccato per il locale un po' piccolo. Consiglio si provare tutte le polpette proposte dal menù. Sono davvero ottime. Ci sono stato in diverse occasioni. Consiglio di provare il nero di seppia e la carbonara di pesce. Top!

10. N'ata Cosa

Via Trieste 19, 87036, Rende, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$31 - HK$55 +39 0984 180 6622
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 788 reviews

N'ata Cosa

Reviewed By filtraveller - Rome, Italy

The title says it all. I had the pizza that featured 4 flavors (of course I couldn't finish everything!) and my companion had the calzone stuffed with tuna and sweet onions; this had rocket and cheese salad with balsamic vinegar on the side. Everything tasted good. They also have a very good but limited selection of artisan Calabrian beers. Something to try too!
The place is tiny, and with the people coming in for take-away, we had to wait for a bit but not too much. But the people and the staff running the place are very warm and kind. Definitely a place to come back to. We just found our new pizza hang-out!

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