Il Porticciolo, open since 1972, is a cozy restaurant in the picturesque fishing town of Manorala. I discovered this restaurant by chance because the restarant i had originally planeed to go to was closed. Some would say it was a twist of fate... I ended up having dinner in surely one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. The specialty of the region of La Spezia is pasta 'pesto' and wine 'bianchi', and I've got to say they are excellent, but as I had tried before, I decided to let the owner choose my meal... And she surprised me with some delicious spaghetti 'frutti di mare'. Ravioli 'bati bati', another local specialty, it was all so good. Moreover, both the starter and the grilled octopus left us speechless, and for dessert, a tiramisu! Dinner here was a culinary experience, and is definitely one of the best memories I have of my journey through the 'Cinque Terre'.
The Gardinetto is a very proper restaurant in the heart of La Spezia, in a pedestrian street. On the walls are pictures of the villages of Cinque Terre. The menu is traditional but varied. You can try the spaghetti with seafood or basil, lemon or marsala scallops, with fast and accommodating service.
Near the Port Antico of Genova, this restaurant is one of the most visited of the city given the quality of their pasta dishes and fresh fish. The Osteria is a very cozy and unique place, decorated with an air of "kitsch", but very it is also nice. The service is good and quick and reservations are recommended due to the influx of tourists and native groups of people. Highly recommended is their ravioli with mushrooms and any type of fish dish. The desserts are delicious and there is also an extensive wine list.
Man, this is not the most luxurious place to eat, but ... the location on the bay of Portofino, with its beautiful pink tablecloths, good decoration based on the the history and especially its affordable rates make Da u Mario the perfect choice for dining in the elegant Portofino. Simple dishes, a specialty such as lasagne pesto, and bread, in a range flavours and tastes, are among other dishes. A beautiful spring day in one of the most beautiful coves in Europe ... how wonderful!. In places like this you become overcome and transform yourself. You just think to have fun and enjoy the "dolce vita". Portofino, a place to come back to!
This was the best end to our day visit to Porto Venere. We found this place on the main shopping street and one of the most typical of the town. The pirate mannequin we saw did not give us, at first, a good impression but after looking at the delicious menu and variety of food at good prices we changed our minds. And thank goodness!. You fall in love with this place after walking in the door. The wonderful attention, the delicacy of their local products like the Terre Cinco wines, but especially the stories about pirates and privateers that the owner tells you make you never want to leave Porto Venere. We tasted the typical Focacce and some other local wine and it was delicious. This small restaurant has nice décor in line with its protagonist: the privateer Bacicio, enlivened by stories, come on, it produced an impact on us and Porto Venere, and to end the day this way is a treat!
At first glance, I Tre Merli Porto Antico may seem like a typical tourist restaurant where you come to spend a lot of money for mediocre food. But in fact, this is a great spot and the food is fantastic! The prices are average and the location overlooking the old port is unbeatable. A very good wine list as well.
Bar Ducale is located in Genoa's magnificent Palazzo Ducale. What better way to enjoy the tranquility and majesty of the location than over a coffee at the bar? The coffee is very creamy and tasty, and I also recommend the ginseng tea. The location is very nice and elegant and there's a pleasant outdoor terrace.
Whenever we visit Genova we normally go to this restaurant for either lunch or dinner. It specializes in seafood. It is not the cheapest restaurant, aim to spend around 100 euros for a meal for two with wine. Sadly the photo is the aftermath of my favorite dish "maxi cruditi" a selection of raw fish and seafood. The restaurant also features a good wine list and friendly staff some of whom speak English.
The restaurant "Il Pozzale" is in the south-eastern coast of the Isola Palmaria, just on the other side of Porto Venere. Before discussing our experience in the restaurant, I just wanted to say that in the year 1997 the isola Palmaria, along with the islands of Tino and Tinetto and as Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO . Although not an area as well-known as Cinque Terre, I recommend a visit to this place that is so lovely and full of charm. As for the restaurant "Il Pozzale", the first thing I should say is that it is only open during the summer. it is recommendable to ensure that it is open to the public on the website: http://www.pozzale.it/ and book ahead of time (by phone or by email). The restaurant specializes in fish and nightly a seaside grill, a custom that has become one of his hallmarks. Although they have a wide and extensive menu at noon they also offers a varied menu, a good choice for the casual visitor. Their dishes are distinguished by the use of resources that are fresh - some of them from organic farming - and the use of PDO and PGI products. Its wide selection of dishes ranges from "Spaghetti allo Scoglio" or "linguine all'aragosta" through its delicate grilled fish, until one of its most prized dishes.
Ristorante Ferie Rosse is a quaint little beachy restaurant in the historic center of Genoa, only a few steps away from the gates. You can't get there by car, so I suggest parking outside the city and using the convenient metro service. The restaurant is small, so I recommend making a reservation if you don't want to wait. Excellent mains and fantastic desserts! I'll never forget the cake made with pine nuts...really worth a try!
Fabio e Diletta is a charming little family-run restaurant, where the atmosphere is as warm and genuine as the delicious dishes. In addition to the amazing homemade trofie, I recommend the lasagna with pesto. The pesto is really excellent, and the basil is plucked from small, tender leaves. The service is great, and they will advise you of the daily specials and the best drink pairings. The dessert menu is also delicious.
Being on Erasmus in this city made you control any money you spent, so 'Er Gringo' was our reference pizzeria restaurant, that we were always met whensomeone left the city, when there was a celebration or a family member or friend came to visit.. I went during our visit in 2011 and everything was the same, and for me it still has the best pizza in Genova. Great quality / price, where for about 7-8 € you can have very tasty pizzas (I recommend the pizza with tuna, egg, and onion) and a great beer to accompany it! It is a tad hidden, but worth the search. Arriving at Piazza Nunziata you will find it located in the back, not just at street level, but on a mini-terrace, as you can see in the photo.
Perfect, especially in the summer when the heat seems to permeate your entire body! As the name suggests, Fruit & Ice Cream Factory serves delicious ice cream and smoothies made with fresh fruit. The cafe has a friendly, playful atmosphere so it's the perfect spot to take the kids for a treat!
Liguria was the first, and then five more villages emerged that seemed to be born of Mediterranean marine flowers. We had planned to visit all five, but in the end, we only got to go to two. The scale while leaving a cruise ship moored in Livorno is little, the distance to the region is not short, precisely, and the roads leading from one to another are in a precarious state, later date after flooding last winter. So we decided to save three of them for next time, and make the most of the two that we did see. Monterosso was the farthest away, yet the most accessible. A winding road leads to the entrance of the village, fully pedestrianized and paid parking zones. Once we parked the car on a street, the main that a lot of interest without preparing us for the arrival at the beach playing literally the square. But we stop there. We will continue going through a tunnel that leads to the other side of the mountain where we expect its most tourist, a sandy beach that looks gray gray days .. so I conclude it must be a beautiful clear tone when shine. Here we see an entire infrastructure Italian tourist village: restaurants, bars, apartments ... Even a beautiful church, so curious, who at that time was closed. I'll have to come in summer, because it must fable ..
Velier is a fine-dining restaurant in the port area and you can see the Michelin sticker in the window. We had fresh fish cooked to perfection, a delicious shellfish appetizer, and a beautiful white wine to wash it all down with.
Panini e Dintorni is a small and popular local sandwich shop located just in front of the port area. Although it's small, it always has at least three people serving and is almost always packed! Excellent simple sandwiches, with a wide variety on offer. You won't be disappointed!
The Trattoria da Gianna is located in a small home nestled among the narrow streets of Genoa's historic district. Gianna personally welcomes you and explains all of the dishes. She also loves to stop and chat and joke with customers. The cuisine is traditional Italian and makes for a lovely night out. I'll definitely be back! Great prices.