Legend has it that the addictive Italian pudding tiramisu was created in the 1960s in Treviso, at restaurant Le Beccherie, Piazza Ancilotto 9 (www.lebeccherie.it; tel. 0422/540871; daily noon–2:15pm and 7–10:15pm). The claim has been disputed over the years, but the restaurant is still open and still knocks out an exceptional tiramisu (the “classico” is 6€). In fact, just about every menu in town features tiramisu, as well as Treviso’s other culinary specialty, radicchio (bitter red lettuce).
For atmosphere it’s hard to beat the Hosteria Dai Naneti ★★, Vicolo Broli 2 (www.dainaneti.it. tel. 3403/783158; Mon–Fri 9am–2:30pm and 5:30–9pm, Sat 9:30am–2pm and 5:30–9pm, Sun 11am–2pm and 5–8pm; May–Sept closed Sun), a cozy tavern, deli, and cheese shop where you can grab a delicious baguette and glass of wine, or just snack at the bar for around 5€ (standing room only).
For a full meal in the center, reserve a table at Trattoria All’Antico Portico ★★, overlooking the church at Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore 18 (www.anticoportico.it; tel. 0422/545259; Mon 9am–4pm, Wed–Sun 9am–11pm), which serves local specialties such as radicchio risotto and baccalà alla veneziana (salt cod); main courses are 15€ to 18€.
Around the loggias of Piazza dei Signori, cafes offer excellent perches for people-watching. Bar Beltrame, no. 27 (tel. 0422-540-789; closed Thurs), has a prime position at the corner of the loggia; pizzas and pastas rule at Da Pino, Piazza dei Signori 23 (www.dapino.it; tel. 0422-56-426); and sleek Signore e Signori (tel. 0422-548-900) serves pastries, wine, and sandwiches.
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