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“In neo-classical style !”
Review of Caffe Pedrocchi

Caffe Pedrocchi
Ranked #6 of 58 Dessert in Padua
Price range: $10 - $52
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Ostend, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“In neo-classical style !”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

The caffè was opened in 1831 and has a long history as a hangout for the Padova political élite. The style (in the vein of a classical temple) remains, but today it is (according to the time of the day) café or restaurant for all and sundry, though the place seems to attract the somewhat quieter public which shuns the pizza and hamburger outlets. The inside rooms (or should I say halls) are pretty posh (see picture), while the outside terrace is just in very good style. Service is attentive and friendly. As in most Italian restaurants one is given the choice of antipasti, primi piatti and secundi piatti, but here the choice is far from run-of-the mill. The salads, served in large bowls, are tasty and abundant. We opted for small asparagus flans (high in taste and colour), and a risotto with zucchini (plant and flowers) topped with thin slices of smoked duck breast. Wine came automatically with the menu and glasses kept being filled -- we wondered what that would eventually come to mean on the bill, but the price of "wine for two persons" turned out to be more reasonable than if we had ordered a whole bottle, and moreover the house's choice was excellent. We concluded with espresso, but were in addition treated to a "coffee of the house", topped with mint ice and cream. Not bad, but a bit heavy after a whole meal. But having been served and fed as we have, it would be mean-minded to complain about that.

The restaurant is also very well situated, near the four piazzas (del Duomo, dei Signori, delle Erbe and delle Frutta) and the Palazzo della Ragione.

  • Visited June 2013
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London, UK
Level 5 Contributor
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“Bonus points for snacks and friendly staff.”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The caffe was fairly quiet when we popped in, mid-week and slightly over-cast weather-wise. We enjoyed a mocktail and a Bellini I also ordered some biscuits. The waiter (very polite and friendly -and not in fake tourist swarmy way) looked puzzled but duly delivered the biscuits....which are clearly intended for coffee! I was told, discreetly, that they were a courtesy (probably as he realised that after one bite I'd realise my mistake...which I did!). We also got brought several platters of snacks (probably aperitivo) which more than filled our tummies! The fact the platters were replenished was fabulous! So...why not 5/5...well, there was just no atmosphere. It feels very much like a relic of a bygone age. Very humorously pigeons were walking over the tables outside looking like patrons stopping by for their afternoon coffee...this fed into the slightly wacky miss haversham style experience. I would recommend it, but it's not the kind of place that has genuine custom a la the cafe flore in Paris any more. Leave it a few more years and it will just be a tourist gimmick like the cafes in st mark's square in venice. A real shame.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank CocoaBelle
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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews
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“Great for an Afternoon Prosecco”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I went to the Caffe Pedrocchi every afternoon on a recent 5 day trip to Padova for an afternoon Prosecco or espresso. One day I was very indulgent and had ice cream. Everything I had was wonderful and came with snacks. It was 5 Euro for a glass of Prosecco and a huge plate of appetizers which was a great deal. The atmosphere is great and the people watching fun since it is near the University. The staff was friendly and helpful and we were never rushed.

Visited May 2013
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Thank travelingjackie
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Level 4 Contributor
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“Overrated…but still worth a visit”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Famous historical place with beautiful décor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedrocchi_Caf%C3%A9). It is definitely expensive, but if you take you coffee or drink at the bar you can save a bit. I would not recommend ordering their desert “Stendhal” – extremely sweet egg custard. My prosecco with extra ice was wonderful though. Mint cappuccino was a bit unusual, but not bad.

  • Visited May 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Spoilt by Tourist Attraction Status”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Oh dear. Having enjoyed an espresso, both at the bar and at a table in the past, we recently took some friends here to show them the columned splendour of this most historic of cafes. However, the experience was ruined by the large groups of tourists and school children filing through, taking photos and listening to their tour guides. We felt as though we were on an airport concourse but here, there simply isn't the room to accommodate so many people. Even the trolley with our order on it had to navigate its way through the crowd, pushed by the uniformed waiter.
My wife complained to someone on duty to be told that the cafe is now a tourist attraction and is therefore on the itinerary of many tour guides who bring their groups right through the middle of the cafe. Such an intrusion.
Like the cafes in St Mark's Square in Venice, one expects to pay more for the Pedrocchi experience, superbly located in the heart of Padua, but to have all those people so close, gawping at you, was not what we had come to enjoy.
If you haven't been to Cafe Pedrocchi, you ought to see it and, if there aren't any tourists trooping through, it's best to stand at the splendid bar for your coffee/tea. That way, it's much cheaper and the tourist groups are behind you and less of a bother.

  • Visited April 2013
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