5x Vegan Hotspots in Como, Italy

 

When you think of Italy you think of passion, pasta, the movie Eat Pray Love, espresso’s and of course gelato, lots and lots of gelato. You might think that it’s hard being vegan in Italy. But let me tell you, although I might get an occasional look from an old italian lady when I ask for soya milk in my coffee, it’s actually not hard at all. I fell in love with Como a long time ago and have discovered lots of amazing places over time where you can enjoy some amazing vegan food. These are a few of the hot spots that you have to check out when you next visit this beautiful town.

 

Ice cream

Let’s start with my obsession first, ice cream! My favorite spot for ice cream is hidden in one of the tiny streets on the lake called ‘Vanilla Bio’.

Vanilla Biois a small shop in which they only sell organic and vegan ice cream. All flavours are freshly homemade and absolutely delicious. It fulfills all your Italian gelato dreams and you won’t even feel guilty afterwards! Imagine a crispy cone with their best flavours, Coconut and Chocolate. So creamy, so flavourful and as they are based with coconut milk they don’t taste like a sorbet but actually like full creamy ice cream.

 

Pizza

There are many great spots to find a delicious pizza in Como, after all its Italy. However, it’s usually at the less beautiful places that you can find the best authentic food. One of those places which also happens to be my favorite spot is called ‘Pizzeria Da Benito.

Pizzeria Da Benito has the best vegan Neapolitan pizza. I always order the Marinara which is an ultimate classic. The pizza has a crispy crust, as you take a bite you can hear the crust break and white flower dust remains on your fingers. The tomato sauce is so rich, you can taste the freshness of each ingredient. And even though there is lots of sauce the bread remains crispy. It has the perfect balance of textures and flavours. For me this is THE spot for the ultimate pizza.

 

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Coffee

Como is beautiful and within it’s cosy streets you will find lots of amazing cafes. However, these are a few of my favourites. ‘Posta is a cafe which belongs to the hotel ‘Pasta Design Hotel‘ which is located in one of the main squares. It has a lovely terrace where you will overlook the square so you can sit down, enjoy the most amazing coffee and do some people watching.

My second favourite spot is called ‘Loft. If you want to enjoy a coffee with a view then this is THE place to go to. It has the most beautiful view overlooking the houses with the mountains in the background on one side and with a view over the church on the other. You can hear the church bells in the background as you sit in the sun enjoying the Italian lifestyle.
If you are looking for a very Italian type of cafe then you have to visit ‘Pane e Tulipani’. This cafe sells the most amazing espresso as well as beautiful flowers – it’s both a cafe and flower shop. It’s hidden in one of the small streets where you can sit outside on the terrace and watch people go by as you enjoy your espresso in the sun.

 

 

 

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Live music and vegan pizza at Milk & Madu

 

For an evening full of delicious food, great vibes and live music you have to go to Milk & Madu! Not only do they have an interesting menu full of deliciousness, their restaurant is  just overall a great place to hang out – in the day and in the evening. Everyday from 6pm on there will be live music and its always buzzing with people creating an amazing atmosphere.

With a play hut in the garden children can be entertained while you are lounging in a comfortable couch. Sit down and relax with a margarita in one hand and a pizza margarita waiting for you in the oven! Which at the moment they have on offer every single day between 4-6pm, only 50k Idr (2.70 pounds) for a pizza margarita or a margarita cocktail! I mean, talking about how to brighten up your Tuesday!

 

 

I absolute love the pizza they make here. They use a lava stone pizza oven and their pizza’s are definitely something special. However, unless you order a pizza Marinara the pizza they have on the menu is definitely not the traditional pizza you would get in Italy. The vegan pizza’s are full of flavour and texture due to its large variety of toppings. Which create a plate full of deliciousness.

 

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‘Pumpkin pie’ pizza – Milk & Madu

 

My favourite pizza’s are ‘Greenpeace’ (139k Idr, 7.60 pounds) and ‘Pumpkin pie’ (119k Idr, 6 pounds). On the menu these pizza’s are not vegan but simply ask and it will be made for you just how you like it!

The ‘Greenpeace’ pizza is topped with fresh tomato sauce, spinach, kale, olives, roasted red onion and garlic. The roasted red onion has a delicious caramelised flavour and the black olives have a strong taste and perfect texture. The garlic flavour combines itself with the spinach making all the flavours stand out but are complimenting each other at the same time.

The ‘Pumpkin pie’ pizza is topped with fresh tomato sauce, roasted pumpkin, roasted red onion and fresh rocket. The roasted pumpkin is deliciously soft and adding real texture to the crunchy pizza. The pizza base is thin and soft from the inside but extremely crunchy from the outside. Personally I prefer Napolitano pizza’s, which are thin and crispy – just like this one!

 

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‘Greenpeace’ pizza (left) & ‘Pumpkin pie’ pizza (right) – Milk & Madu

 

Next to pizza’s they also serve all kind of delicious other meals such as salads, pasta’s, sandwiches, sharing plates and smoothie bowls. Enjoy a delicious smoothie bowl for breakfast, a fresh salad for lunch and a crunchy pizza for dinner!

 

 

Milk & Madu has a little fun everyday in which you can join in! At the moment they have the following promotions, which you should definitely give a try!

Daily 4-6pm – Margarita Margarita Special! 

50k Idr Margaritas and Margarita pizza’s.

Every Tuesday – Cheap Tuesday!

From 5pm until closing pizza’s will be 2 for the price of 1.

Every Sunday – All you can eat pizza

All you can eat pizza for only 150k Idr (8.20 pounds).

I mean, the perfect Sunday funday right?!

 

 

Milk & Madu is open everyday from 7am – 10pm. 

You can find them on Jl. Pantai Berawa No.52, Canggu, Bali. 

 

 

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Pizza with a view, Lake Como

 

I will let you in on a little secret. When I first came to Lake Como to visit my boyfriend he took me on our first date to a very special place. On a summery night we drove past the lake to a destination that had the most beautiful view. On one side of the road you would overlook the water and the beautiful mountains, on the opposite side you would find a small square in which there were 2 restaurants, an ice cream parlour, a fountain and girls in cute dresses laughing and chasing each other in circles.  Its a dream destination, like you are playing in an old Italian movie.

 

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You walk into the movie scene and sit down, yet to find out you are about to experience something extraordinary. Your fairy tail experience is about to become even better! At the restaurant named La Piazzetta they serve the absolute dream pizza. You are about to take a bite into a slice with crispy thin dough, topped with the most fresh and flavoursome tomatoes, sprinkled with fresh basil that smells so strong the scent remains on your fingers. Isn’t it magical when your eyes close to take in the flavours, but when you open them again and look over the mountains the magic continues.

 

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La Piazzetta Argegno
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La Piazzetta Argegno
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La Piazzetta Argegno

 

La Piazzetta is my absolute favourite pizza restaurant. For the people that like to take their loved ones on a date, this is definitely the place to go! ( It definitely worked on me!!)

 

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Where to go

La Piazzetta is open everyday from 12pm – 12am and their address is Piazza Roma, 6/8, 22010 Argegno in Como.

 

 

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Day three – I Feel Like Pizza Day

Having spend most of my day with my face pressed against my computer screen again we thought it was time for pizza. Because, there is nothing that pizza and red wine can’t solve, nothing. And a pizza that will definitely solve all your problems is a pizza from Franco Manca in London.  The sourdough is soft and airy, with that occasional crispy bite. The sweet tomato sauce giving you hints of garlic and oregano with every bite.  This is the pizza Marinara, a pizza from the streets of Naples. A simple, old school pizza which is made with rich flavours. Because sometimes, less really is more.

As seen in the picture, I may or may not of been prepared for pizza today… – Yes, yes I do own a shirt saying “I feel like pizza” and yes I may have put it on knowing I was going to get pizza, but I mean… we all know #pizzaislife.

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T-Shirt from Forever 21 

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