Roberto, Ian and Paolo are three friends once shared a dream of opening an Italian restaurant in one of their favourite towns in Sri Lanka – the Galle Fort. The old town with its charming atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and the hospitality of the people reminded them of the small villages back in Italy, it was a home away from home. Read more about the start of their adventure here.
After the successful launch of AQUA Forte, our authentic Italian restaurant in Galle, Sri Lanka almost three years ago and recently AQUA Pizza, our authentic Neapolitan pizzeria, we’ve got more exciting news to share with you!
We just opened AQUA Forno in the Galle Fort!
AQUA Forno opened in March 2022 and it’s our first Bakery and Street Food Restaurant. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can enjoy a variety of baked items from Croissants and Focaccia Margherita to healthy options like the classic Buffalo Curd with homemade Granola before you start your day exploring the treasures of the Galle Fort and surrounding areas. Our breakfast options are classics from around the world, and our selection of street food from Italy are some of our personal favourites from back home and that you can easily take them away with you for your daily tours around Galle.
If you’re looking for restaurants to have breakfast or a quick bite in Galle Fort, head over to AQUA Forno!
Panzerotto – a traditional street food from Puglia, a savoury dough pouch filled with tomato sauce and mozzarella, and deep fried. It’s one of the oldest forms of street food in Italy!
Cuoppo misto – Cuoppo represents the very best of Italian seafood. This great Neapolitan street food dish is the best to take with you as you explore the cobblestoned streets of Galle Fort. It comprises of mixed fried seafood served in a paper cone.
Pittole – Pittole are fried, small balls of dough that are fluffy on the inside with a crisp outer shell. These are stuffed with olives, capers and tomatoes for a truly Italian flavour. Pittole often mark the start of the holiday season in Southern Italy!
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Margherita Focaccia – Our Margherita Focaccia is prepared with fresh peeled tomatoes, basil and mozzarella on our super fluffy homemade EVO oil focaccia!
Caprese Ciabatta – Freshly made crunchy ciabatta (either white or multigrain) prepared with fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and pesto.
Brioche – Originating from French cuisine, you can enjoy our fragrant brioche served with a scoop of homemade gelato (as famously served in Sicily) or delicious whipped cream.
AQUA Forno is located at 53 Church Street, Galle Fort, Galle. We’re open from 8 AM to 5 PM for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Galle Fort offers travellers, plenty to see and explore from museums like the Maritime Museum and the Galle National Museum to ancient buildings like the Groote Kerk and the Galle Lighthouse. To complement the beauty of this ancient fort is the stunning, azure sea just over the ramparts. If you’re spending the day in Galle, start with a scrumptious breakfast at AQUA Forno before you set forth on your adventures, exploring Galle or the nearby towns of Unawatuna, Weligama or Bentota.