The oldest Italian restaurant in Helsinki deserves a visit for sure. Ok fine, in theory you can get Italian food almost everywhere in the world, but this place is so nice that it’s worth it. Rodolfo started off as a pizza place in the 70s, but turned into an a la carte restaurant in the 80s. But don’t worry, pizza is still on the menu too.
It’s located in Kruununhaka, which is the oldest part of the city in Helsinki. You’ll probably end up exploring this area anyway, so why not have some delicious pasta for example while you’re there. I did fall in love with their tortellini al realpini, which is minced meat filled tortellini, and bacon in creamy blue cheese sauce. What’s not to like about that?
The restaurant isn’t terribly big, so it has that nice and secluded feeling. Making a reservation for dinner is a smart idea although I’ve managed to get a table during the week without one. Still, better to play it safe if you want food. And wine! You can’t forget the wine when you’re eating Italian food. My favourite is zibibbo from the white wines.