18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste

Do you want to enjoy Trieste as locals do? In this case, you cannot miss trying the local food.

Here are all the most delicious dishes to try in Trieste, from breakfast to dinner, sweet and savoury. Enjoy all the food you have to eat in Trieste, to know this city like a local.


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In Trieste, you won't find only typical Italian recipes but also a mix of Eastern European ingredients that you won't find in the rest of Italy, such as cabbage, goulash, "cren", or horseradish, and mustard. 


You will also have an extensive variety of fresh fish like seabass, tuna, mussels, clams, and cuttlefish prepared in different delicious ways because after all, Trieste is a seaside city.



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1. Jota:


Jota is the most famous soup in Trieste. Everybody loves Jota.

This soup is typical of that area but you may find it also in some restaurants in Slovenia.

It is made with sauerkraut, potatoes and beans.


It can be vegan, or you can have some meat in it, like smoked pancetta, ham or sausages. It is the perfect meal in the cold Trieste's winters.


18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste


2. Gnocchi di pane o Canederli:


These are bread dumplings made with dry bread, pancetta/speck, eggs, cheese, flour, milk and parsley.

You can eat them with ragu alla bolognese or with goulash. Some people like it with butter so it is up to you.



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3. Goulash:


This meat stew is a stew and a thicker version of the Hungarian Goulash soup.

You will find it with polenta, potato, potatoes dumplings or bread dumplings.


There is also another version of it made with boiled potatoes inside that my grandmother used to make for me and it is called Calandracca.



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4. Piatto Misto di Caldaia:


This mixed plate is made with different cuts of boiled pork.

It is something very typical of Trieste and also one of my favourites.


It goes with mustard and horseradish.

It is often served with sauerkraut or deep-fried breaded vegetables.



5. Sardoni marinati or in savor:


These are two of the typical ways to cook sardines in Trieste. The marinated one is with lemon juice and spices. The savor one is with a sauce made with a stew of onions, vinegar and whine. Some people like to add pinenuts and sultanas.



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​6. Baccala mantecato:


This excellent receipt is made with salted cod, and the addition of olive oil, garlic and white pepper all mix till it becomes a cream.


It goes spread on toast or on top of polenta. It is my favourite, and I always eat it when I go back home.


Valentina's Travel Guide,18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste


7. Granzeola o Granzievola:


Granzeola is perfect as a starter.

It is spider fish meat.


It is deliciously served in its shell, but it is sometimes used to make a delicious sauce with tomatoes to add to some fresh pasta.

Not always available and can be pretty expensive but trust me that it is worth trying.​



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8. Antipasto di pesce crudo:


This is a starter with mixed raw fish and clams. One of my friends goes crazy about it and always order it.


That picture is a pic that I took once I had dinner with him.

It is very popular in Trieste because the fish is always fresh.



Valentina's Travel Guide,18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste

9. Pasta alla Busara:


Another of my favourite dish is Trieste.

It is a sauce made with crayfish or lobster, fresh tomatoes and white wine.


It is delicious, and you have to try it. It goes with spaghetti or even better with bavette pasta (a different kind of spaghetti shape) and it is absolutely yummy!



Valentina's Travel Guide,18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste

10. Fusi :


This kind of pasta is handmade, and it goes perfectly with every type of sauce.

Two of my favourites are crayfish and wild asparagus or with truffle. 

Also hen sauce is a perfect match.


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11. Baccala in bianco o in umido:


Baccala is another receipt with salted cod, but this time is a fish stew.

It can be in white like in the picture or in red (with tomatoes) and it goes perfectly with polenta.



Valentina's Travel Guide,18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste

12. Seppie in tecia or in umido:


This is another fish stew made with little cuttlefish and tomatoes that goes amazingly with polenta.



Valentina's Travel Guide,18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste


13. Fritto misto:


This is one of my favourites when I want to eat something not precisely healthy (it's deep-fried) but absolutely delicious.


In Trieste, you will mostly find it with fresh fish. Sometimes they will tell you which fish is available because it depends on what has been caught overnight.

 

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14. Pedoci alla Scottadeo or Cozze alla Scottadito:


This is a dish you will find in almost every fish restaurant in Trieste, the best months to eat it is from May to August when it is tastier.

It is mussels with olive oil, garlic, white wine and parsley.


There is also a second version made with the addition of tomato sauce.

I think both versions are good. There is also another one with mussels and other kinds of shellfish and crustaceans from the Adriatic sea.


In Trieste, you will find a lot of fresh fish, so many restaurants change their menu based on what the sea offers in each season.



15. Antipasto di Pesce misto:


Antipasto misto di Pesce is another option if you want to try as much as you can about the delicious cuisine that Trieste offers.


This mixed plate can be a starter or as my mom likes, the main course. Because it can be so big to fill you up.


Even if not mentioned on the menu, in every fish restaurant, you can always ask if they can prepare one for you. When you have the chance to taste so many delicious dishes, why not try them all?



Valentina's Travel Guide,18 Delicious Food to Eat in Trieste


16. Grigliata mista di Pesce:


This mix of grilled fish is one of the healthiest options you can choose.

Fresh fish from the sea, grilled with some vegetable or polenta on the side. Mmmhhhh delicious!

In Trieste, the side is mainly made with boiled potatoes and chicory all stuffed together with garlic. 



17. Strudel di Mele:


One of Trieste's favourite desserts is the famous Apple Strudel, served with light vanilla cream or a scoop of ice cream. You can find it in many restaurants and also in every bakery.

Sometimes you may find it made with prunes, strawberries or apricots instead of apples.


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18. Gnocchi di Susine: 


One of my favourites since I was a child, they are potatoes dumplings filled with prunes, covered with cinnamon, sugar and butter.


Gnocchi di Susine is a delicious dessert or perfect for an afternoon break.




Last but not least, the famous Illy Coffee:


It goes well for breakfast, for a break in mid-morning, after lunch and to wake up a bit in the afternoon.


Italians drink espresso every moment of the day, meanwhile, the cappuccino, caffe-latte etc are only for breakfast.


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