19/08/2014

Holidays in Italy: Cattolica

I'm back in Luxembourg, sitting in my bed with a cardigan and cosy wool socks on. At 20°C less than in Italy I feel like I really need them and I wouldn't say no to a cup of tea either. And even though I already miss the sun and the ice cream I feel like I'm ready for lazy autumn days reading Harry Potter in a comfy armchair. Nonetheless I don't mind indulging myself in holiday memories either so today I want to start a detailed report about the places we've been visiting on our trip to Italy. We stayed in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, more precisely in Cattolica which I will talk about today, concentrating on the most interesting part of that area: the gastronomy.


While some cities were really disappointing when it comes to finding a nice restaurant or café, Cattolica was a real gastronomic highlight! I can't even count the creative bars, cute gelaterias and modern restaurants we saw there and of course we didn't have the time to try all of them. However we were lucky enough to enjoy quite a few nice places of which I want to point out the following:

On our first evening we wanted to enjoy a cocktail after dinner and so we ended up at the Monkey bar. Around 8 or 9 pm it was still quite empty but it quickly started filling up with tourists and locals alike. After less than half an hour the outdoor bar (nicely decorated in a tropical beach style) was full of people singing karaoke and chatting with friends. The cocktails are 6€ each and I definitely drank one of the best Piña Coladas over there.



Monkey
Via Carducci, 118
47841 Cattolica (RN)

Pimpi
While checking out the centre of Cattolica for the first time we immediately noticed this ice cream shop because of its cute furnishing. Again when we passed it for the first time it was still really empty but when we wanted to go there about one hour later almost all the tables were taken. Besides from the cute inside and a view on the Piazza delle Sirene with the dancing fountains you'll get yummy homemade ice cream.









Pimpi
Piazzale Primo Maggio, 1
47841 Cattolica (RN)

In order to find even better ice cream we had to await our last day in Italy when we finally entered this ice cream shop we had already seen at the beginning of the week. Once again it was homemade ice cream in really creative flavors (I had a delicious Bounty ice cream). The owner of the shop served us two generous scoops for just 2€ (3 scoops are even just 2,50€!) and had a little chat with us. She was really happy when I told her that her ice cream was the best we ate during our whole stay and she told us that she makes all the ice cream herself. She also sells vegan sugar free ice cream, which I think is a brilliant idea!







Peter Panna
Via Eugenio Curiel, 13
47841 Cattolica (RN)

Porto Santo Café
When going to the nearby Gabicce Mare we discovered this café/bar at the port of Cattolica. As you can see it offers a great atmosphere and an amazing view over the port. In fact we were really pigged out after dinner and just wanted to enjoy a cocktail when we got this huge plate of nibbles for free with our drinks! Sausages, slices of pizza, little sandwiches,... in the end we really just paid for our cocktails (7€ each) and I can tell you that I had one of the best cocktails in my life! It was a strawberry Caipiroska and it was just perfect as you could taste every single ingredient which was added in just the right amount. 






Porto Santo Café
Via Lungo Tavollo, 3
47841 Cattolica (RN)

You know this phenomenon that touristic areas are full of ugly restaurants that aren't even restaurants but cafés selling pizza and burgers? You know with the menu cards featuring pixelated pictures of ugly dishes? Well already after two days in Italy I was sick and tired of them and so I was over the moon when we found this restaurant which features a modern design, a cute menu card and friendly waitstaff. I chose to eat an Italian Burger with mozzarella and rocket and besides from what we ordered we got free homemade fried dough appetisers and a slush at the end of our meal. Also the sauces that came with the burgers were handmade and really yummy, especially the cucumber mayonnaise! I really wish we would have had the time to return to this restaurant but as we always had dinner at the hotel there wasn't an opportunity in the end.


Ristorante Pizzeria Holiday da Carletto
Via Giosuè Carducci, 100
47841 Cattolica (RN)

Street Caffè
On our last morning in Italy we came across this creative street café which intrigued me because of its relaxed and creative decoration. While this café doesn't offer a menu card you simply go inside, take a large plate and help yourself with the baked goods and fresh jam sandwiches. To drink I recommend the hot chocolate which tastes like liquid chocolate pudding.



Street Caffè
Via Bovio
47841 Cattolica (RN)

So that was it for my gastronomic highlights in Italy. However before I stop talking about food I still wanted to talk to you about the Piadina, which is a typical food of that region. It is an Italian flatbread which can be filled with about anything from ham to Nutella. It's perfect as a little snack in between so you shouldn't miss out on trying it when you're in the Emilia-Romagna region. I will furthermore write a post about Rimini and Riccione where I'll be concentrating on shopping and if you're interested I will also write a post about San Marino and Bologna where we visited some more cultural highlights. For now I will end with some more pics of Cattolica:












Has anybody of you been in Italy or especially in Cattolica? Where did you spend this year's holidays?

10 comments:

  1. Wow, all of this looks amazing! So cosy and original.

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  2. Beautiful places! Love those photos!!!
    <3
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  3. Italy is on top of my bucket list!
    You have got a really nice blog here hun :) xoxo

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  4. Very interestiong.
    xx
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  5. I used to live in Italy for more than 7 years, and used to go to the 'Riviera' almost every weekend during the summer.. watching your photos and recessions, I just missed it!
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  6. I am glad to know that your food experience during your holidays was top. There is no better ice cream than the one you find in Italy. I have now been nine times to Italy and I am happy to say that I will be going back in a month (to Rome). Really looking forward to good Italian food.

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  7. You truly enjoyed your trip to Italy. Italian food is always superb and delicious!

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  8. I am so jealous ! Everything there looks super nice ! I love it :D

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  9. WHat a beautiful holiday! The pictures are perfect ^^

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  10. Super schöne Impressionen! Italien ist immer eine Reise wert!

    Liebe Grüße Jessy von Kleidermädchen

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