Osteria Madonnetta

“Since 1904, La Madonnetta has been the best and truest experience of typical Veneto cuisine that our guests can relive through a menu of simple, genuine, tasty and seasonal dishes”

Fam. Guerra

The Madonnetta spaces

The inside

There are only a few tables inside the Osteria, so reservations are always necessary

The garden

The Osteria's garden is open all year round on fine weather days

An old Osteria, a plunge into the past…

“Here, in the heart of turreted and encrusted Marostica, is L’Osteria Madonnetta, a unique local”

“Whoever enters feels transported to the past, captures images and moments and experiences unique emotions that take them back in time. The unique Osteria traces its origins back to 1904, when Giuseppe Polita started running it. From generation to generation, through the management of the Polita Guerra family, with Amelia and Toni, it has come down to us preserving intact all its genuine simplicity.”.

“La Madonnetta has been a destination for wayfarers, a resting place for soldiers in the First World War, a hospitable place for the illustrious American writer E. Hemingway who participated in the war as an ambulance driver and war correspondent in 1918. But it has always been, in its 100-year history, an attractive meeting place for all, with an exciting game of cards, lively conversation and a good glass of wine.

The atmosphere upon entering La Madonnetta is familiar, inviting and welcoming: The antique furniture, the old fireplace, the pendulum clock that marks the time, the walls adorned with period photos, portraits, meaningful and ironic newspaper cuttings, sheets full of satirical jokes, the ceiling and the beams from which hang hotplates and farsore welcome you and give you a taste of a genuine past lived by simple and humble people, just as simple as the life of our fathers, sons of a hard-working land, was.

And next to a good glass of wine and the delicious dishes of Veneto home cooking and genuine traditional flavours, La Madonnetta offers the opportunity to admire a work of craftsmanship, the work of Toni Guerra, that best expresses the close link between this ancient osteria and the turreted town of Marostica: it is the large circular bench, obtained from the large Pausolino’s pignaia destroyed by lightning in 1975, which reproduces the walled city with a small table with a large chessboard in the centre, reminding everyone of Marostica’s most significant spectacle: the chess game with living characters that is played in the large Piazza”.

G. Antonio Muraro

Passion, culture and memory

From 1904 to the present day

The Osteria Madonnetta, a hospitable place for meeting and conviviality within the Scaliger walls of Marostica, has been run by our Guerra family since 11 November 1904. We are certain that great-grandfather Giuseppe, ‘Bepi’, on the day he bought this restaurant for our great-grandmother Erminia, would never have imagined that so many years later someone from his own family would now carry on this activity, offering those who frequent it a tasty dish and a welcoming smile.

The Osteria Madonnetta is a unique establishment. As soon as you enter, the time machine plunges you into a distant past, arousing wonder and a curious desire to know; in fact, every object, the benches, the old tables, every image, the photos of yesteryear, which we have lovingly preserved, make and will always make you experience intense emotions. Smells that whet the appetite and superfine tastes of food recall the flavours of the genuine cuisine of yesteryear, and the wines, with their delicate perfume and taste, evoke in the mind suggestive images of the vineyards of our sunny and verdant Veneto hills, full of charm and, at the same time, a concrete sign of a centuries-old winemaking tradition of great quality.

Inside the osteria or in the adjacent garden, the thread of memory wanders and the imagination will make you relive the scenes of the many regular friends of the ‘Madonnetta’ intent on playing cards or simply chatting in front of the fireplace, sipping a good glass of wine.

The Osteria Madonnetta has been a destination for wayfarers, a place of refreshment for soldiers, workers, students, tourists, artists, poets and musicians, and it still wants to be a hospitable place, as it has been throughout its more than one hundred years of history, an attractive and familiar meeting place for everyone, for passionate games of cards for lively conversations, in the name of convivial living.

Thanks to our mother, Annamaria, we have introduced simple, genuine, tasty dishes to the menu, making the Osteria Madonnetta an original and typical example of Veneto cuisine.

Territory and the value of sharing

The Osteria Madonnetta shares values, culture, work and is a friend of: The Restaurateurs of Vicenza, the Restaurants with a ‘zero km’ menu; the Restaurants of the Goose of Marostica, the Road of Torcolato and the Wines of Breganze, the Chefs of the Alliance for Slow Food Presidia, Slow Food of Bassano del Grappa, the Historic Italian Companies, the Historic Veneto Establishments.

Foto di Marostica, piazza degli scacchi e Municipio

The Madonnetta team

Team spirit, cheerfulness, passion, involvement: skills and experiences that complement each other. People are the real secret of the culture of hospitality at the Osteria Madonnetta.

Annamaria and Franco

Annamaria and Franco are the pillars of Madonnetta. After fighting all day, they always kiss and make it better. Their presence is a constant source of light relief, Franco’s our captain but Annamaria’s the commander-in-chief.

Barbara Guerra

Managing the family business is Barbara’s greatest delight, like Grandma Amelia her nature’s decisive, some say forthright! In describing the dishes she’s very precise, and guests are always happy to take her advice.

Sandro Guerra

Sandro’s the littlest brother but the biggest joker, as a trained accountant he’s anything but mediocre. And at night he’s the epitomy of the most charming host. That any respectable establishment could boast.


Hajiba, creates dishes of the perfect consistence, they’re the most harmonious treats in existence! Into our kitchen calm and serenity, she injects, making it a better place, in all respects.

Typical Venetian cuisine

Unique flavours and aromas of the area where the plains embrace the mountains