Lunedi Senza Carne- Italian Style

May 2014
“Sono Vegetariana” was one of the few phrases I had down before travelling to Italy.  Truth be told, it was really pretty easy to eat in restaurants without carne-especially if you love pasta like I do. As they say: Lunedi Senza Carne-Italian style Meatless Monday.
Most Italians have a diet rich in vegetables and grains. Historically, it was only the wealthy who could afford the luxury of frequent meat.  So if you are travelling with a family of carnivores, have no fear.  Follow these tips and hop into a vegetarian spot whenever you can.

  • Remember the 3 P’s-Pizza, Pasta and Polenta are everywhere.
  • Soups are on just about every menu and with the Italian dinner time being quite a bit later than ours, make a welcome light meal, especially after a lot of plane travel.
  • The ‘Primi’ section of the menu is filled with delicious side dishes meant to ‘flatter’ the main course. Pomodori col Riso {rice cooked in roasted tomatoes}, Cicio e Pepe {the most delicious pecorino and black pepper combo}, and zuppa di farro {faro soup} are all great choices.


  • If you feel like a little break-don’t hesitate to visit the local market and pick up supplies for a wonderful lunch/picnic.  You will be dizzy from all of the offerings. Just remember to pack your Swiss Army Knife in your luggage. {complete with corkscrew!} Sometimes a meal in the room can be a refreshing, relaxing change when you’ve set a hectic travel pace. An added bonus will be the Euros you save.

pasta5 Lunedi Senza Carne-Italian Style
Finally, Happy Cow offers a great list of vegetarian restaurants across Italy {and elsewhere}. Just be sure to check ahead and make sure the listing is open and accurate.
Buon Appetito!

  1. Your post had my mouth watering! I love Italy and all the delicious food and wine.

    And yes, visiting the local markets is a great place to pick up something fresh and delicious for a real change of pace. Yum!

    • alison says:

      Hi Doreen. I always learn something interesting about the local culture when visiting markets. Great way to get a feel for a new place. {and pick up some goodies}

  2. The photos make all the food look so inviting, especially the grapes. Beautiful photos of the shops.

  3. noel says:

    I would think there are so many food options with all the amazing markets in every town and someone cooking fresh everyday, it sounds like a winner to me eating vegetarian in Italy

  4. Michelle says:

    I’m a veggie too and I had NO problem finding meatless meals as I do in some places I visit. As a matter of fact, I may need to go on a diet after so many wonderful pasta dishes 🙂

  5. Gorgeous Italia! Love your words and images. I found it is easy to communicate in Italy when the topic is food!

  6. Very helpful! And your photos are wonderful!

  7. Jo says:

    What a great post with such wonderful photos. It really is living the Mediterranean diet isn’t it? Lots of fruit and veg and grains, with small amounts of protein. Italy is definitely one of those places where vegetarians never need to feel deprived. And don’t get me started on those markets……