Italy is a must visit European country which has so much to offer. As a Muslim traveler while asking yourself “What are the best sights to see?” or “The most fun things to do?”. You will also wonder if there is any Halal food in Italy? You are in luck because Italy has good halal restaurants in every major city! However, there are some precautions to note in the Italian food ingredients. In this article, I shall list the top halal restaurants in 4 major Italian cities. I shall also share some tips on ordering food in Italy as a Muslim.
Halal Restaurants in ROME
The capital city has so much to offer. Muslim tourists are spoilt for choice when searching for Halal food in Rome.
Himalaya’s Kashmir (Indian)- Alcohol served
Location: Via Principe Amedeo, 325-327, Rome, Italy 00188
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm; 6:30 pm- 11:30 pm
Located in the city center, you will find Himalaya’s Kashmir. It’s a dazzling restaurant with striking aesthetics that give it a luxurious ambiance. Himalaya’s Kashmir serves as a fusion of Indian-Pakistani cuisines. Dishes such as lamb or zucchini curry, tandoori chicken, and freshly made naan bread. They also offer vegetarian dishes. This restaurant is perfect for all occasions and party sizes. Check out their site for more information.
Location: Via Merulana, 271, Rome, Italy 00185
Opening Hours: 11 am – 11:00 pm
Shawarma station is a small Lebanese restaurant in the city center. They serve well-seasoned skewered meat, hot rice, warm pita and fresh vegetable mix (taboule). All for an affordable price. Shawarma station is great for a quick stop before or after exploring Rome’s tourist sites.
Pizzeria Luna Caprese- Alcohol served
Location: 130 Via Rasella, Rome, Lazio, Rome, Italy 00187
Opening Hours: 11 am -10 pm
Halal Italian Food in Italy! sign me up! Searching for an authentic Italian food with halal meat and no alcohol is very rare to find. Pizzeria Luna Caprese is Godsend. Enjoy freshly made pizza of different toppings, pasta, spaghetti, and lasagna with ANY type of meat. The food at Pizzeria Luna Caprese is permissible for all Muslim tourists. Vegetarian options are also available.
Pastificio Guerra (Cash Only)
Location: Via della Croce 8, Rome, Italy 00187
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
This is another Italian restaurant in a great location. Pastificio Guerra is more of a vegetarian-friendly restaurant than a halal restaurant in Rome. The food served here includes pasta, pizza etc.
Location: 465 Via Tuscolana, Rome Italy, 00181
Opening Hours: 11 am- 2 am
Chicken Hut is a fast food restaurant owned by Naseem Mohammad, a Muslim entrepreneur in Rome, Italy. As the name suggests, its specialty is in chicken, specifically halal chicken. The restaurant is popular for its chicken fries and fried chicken sticks which are well-known to be soft and crunchy. Besides chicken, Chicken Hut offers other variety of meals like kebab, burger, and masala fish naan. Check out their page for more information
Halal Restaurants in MILAN
Halal food in Milan does exist and Italy’s business capital isn’t short of it.
Location: Via Domenico Scar Lattin, 11, Milan, Italy 20124
Opening Hours: 11 am-12 am
Kashmir is located in the heart of the city’s center. It is an Indian restaurant serving halal food in Milan, you’ll find yummy lamb biryani, chicken masala, warm naan, beef ball curry and many more. Travelers have coined it as the best Desi food in Milan. Stop by to find out for yourself.
Mildo Ristrorante Arabo
Location: Via pietro custodi, 4, Milan, Italy 20136
Type: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: 12 pm-3 pm; 7 pm- 12 am (Closed on Sunday)
Another halal restaurant located in Milan’s center. A visit here means enjoying home-made falafel, fresh baba ghanoush with mixed gyro meat by the side, warm rice, french fries and many more dishes that would make your mouth water.
Halal Resturants in VENICE
Wherever you turn your head, you’ll find a Halal food spot in Venice.
Orient Experience Cannaregio
Location: Rio Tera, Farsetti 1847/b, Venice, Italy 30121
Type: The Middle East and Asia
Opening Hours: 11 am – 11:30 pm
This halal restaurant serves meals from many countries in the Middle East and South-East Asia. Here you find can the best national cuisines like Mujaddara, Burgul, Biryani, Sabzi Palak, Bamieh, Korma etc. Explore Orient Experience for yourself and have your taste buds get excited.
Location: Viale Garibaldi Giuseppe 58A, Venice, Italy 30100
Type: Italian and Middle Eastern
In the words of a trip advisor tourist, Quanto Basta is the perfect spot for halal kebab and pizza! This halal restaurant offers meals from spaghetti with pesto, spaghetti and tomato sauce and shredded parmesan cheese, bolognese pasta, pizzas with varied toppings, falafel and many more. Come to Quanto Basta hungry!
A Beccafico *
Location: Campo S. Stefano, 2801, Venice, Italy 30124
Opening Hours: 12 pm- 3 pm; 7 pm-11 pm
A fancy Italian restaurant located close to the famous Accademia bridge. It isn’t necessarily a halal restaurant but you can request for halal and vegetarian food here. Let your taste buds dance to the scrumptious freshly made mozzarella cheese, roasted tomato and spinach salad, or sizzling spaghetti and seafood salsa. The food options at Beccafico are in abundance.
Halal Restaurants in FLORENCE
Halal food in Florence isn’t as abundant as other major Italian cities.
|| Gusta Pizza (Best Pizza in Florence)
Location: Via Maggio, 46, Florence Italy 50125
Opening Hours: 11:30 am- 3:30 pm; 7 pm- 11:30 pm
Gusta Pizza is a major tourist attraction in itself. A must visit for foodies. This pizza restaurant became more popular after Anthony Bourdain highlighted it in his show. Although they don’t serve Halal food here, there are many vegetarian pizza options to choose from. At Gusta Pizza, you can find pizza with tomato and mozzarella toppings, tomato, basil, oregano, and parmesan toppings and many more. Don’t leave Florence without eating at the restaurant with the best pizza in Florence!
Pak Halal Kebab
Location: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 6/R, Florence, Italy 50123
Opening Hours: 10 am-12 am
One of the best Halal restaurants in Florence, you can find crunchy samosas with generous veggie and meat fillings, chicken biryani, vegetable chapati and much more!
Halal Food tips for Italy
- Skip meat sauces (ragu) or pasta stuffed with meat sausage dishes. Most of these meats include pork in them.
- Some soups (minestrones, bean soups etc. may include pork products such as prosciutto). Risottos may have some pork cooked into the stock.
- If unsure of the food content, order fish, seafood (if your guest can eat it), cheese or pumpkin filled pasta, salads, sauteed vegetables etc. There will be plenty of choices available in Italy.
- Pork fat is less frequently used in cooking in Southern Rome as it used to be. It is now replaced with olive oil.
- However be careful! Traditional Italian dishes like pasta al’amatriciana, or carbonara, for example often include pork fat.
If you have any more places in mind feel free to comment below
ROME: Himalaya's Kashmir, Shawarma Station, Pizzeria Luna Caprese, Pastificio (Cash only), Chicken Hut
MILAN: Kashmir, Mildo Ristrorante Arabo.
VENICE: Orient Experienc Cannarggio, Quanto Basta, A Beccafico.
FLORENCE: II Gusta Pizza, Pak Halal Kebab.