1. Mamma Rosa Restaurant in Oslo
Established by two Tuscan brothers, this trattoria enjoys popularity that's a good indication of Norwegians' changing tastes. The second-floor dining room is decorated in "reproduction rococo." You can order 10 kinds of pizza, fried scampi and squid, rigatoni, grilled steaks, etc. Families frequent this restaurant in large numbers nightly. Children can always find something on the menu to fill up on, especially the pizzas and pastas.
Location: Øvre Slottsgate 12, Oslo.
Phone: +22 42 01 30.
2. Santino's Spaghetteria in OsloThis is an overlooked, inexpensive Italian restaurant in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Europe. The decor is a carnival setting in Venice, with warm-colored walls, a big circular bar, and a tutti-frutti color scheme. Fresh minestrone is made daily. The pastas are among Oslo's best with a wide range of tagliatelle, spaghetti, lasagna, penne, and tortellini. A special treat is the alla Romana pizza with smoked baby pork, and arugula.
Location: Tordensskiolds 8, Oslo.
Phone: +22 41 16 22.
3. Restaurant Najaden in OsloIn the Norwegian Maritime Museum, this restaurant overlooks a room of sculptures removed from 19th-century clipper ships. The popular lunch buffet offers an elaborate array of freshly prepared fish and meat. You won't get a lot of culinary excitement, but the food is fresh and served in generous portions. This is very much a family-style atmosphere. Also, the buffet is large and generous enough for kids, even for the most picky of eaters.
Location: Bygdøynesveien 37, Oslo.
Phone: +22 43 81 80.