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Apr 20, 2006 02:48 PM

Cinque Terre

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I'm going to be travelling to Cinque Terre at the end of May. Any suggestions for places to eat? I'm going to be staying in Riomaggiore, but I would like to hear your suggestions for any of the five lands (Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Manarola).

Also, if there are places not too far away from Cinque Terre that are can't miss places, please forward those as well (e.g. Portovenere, La Spezia)

Thanks in advance!

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  1. My wife and I ate at Miky, in Monterosso, just two weeks ago and had an incredible meal. Great seafood, plus the best trofiette pesto I have ever had anywhere. A terrific chocolate souffle completed a truly spectacular meal.

    While you're in Monterosso, please stop by the Hotel la Spiaggia, just a few steps from Miky, and seek out the owner, Andrea Poggi. Andrea is an extremely interesting guy and quite a colorful character. (Be sure to buy some of the Vino Bianco he makes - cheap and very good). Since we were planning to have dinner in Corniglia, Andrea insisted that we go to a place called La Laterna and to order just a bottle of wine and the seafood antipasto. We followed Andrea's advice and went on to share thirteen absolutely unforgettable small seafood dishes.

    1. Buon giorno, if this is your first trip to c.terre, you'll be speechless in the beauty of this protected world heritage site.
      Just to name two of the best places (every place we tried was at least decent, the fresh air and hikes are great for the appetite)we found: in Vernazza, the large nicely appointed place right on the plaza, Gambero Rosso I think. Looks touristy but these are Italian tourists with high standards. In Corniglia, Osteria a Cantina de Mananan, Via Fieschi 117, one of the main roads going uphill out of town toward the interior, in an older, evocative building. If you go to the main plaza and harbor in Vernazza, looking up you can see diners on a terrace, another place more casual than the gambero rosso with good lunches that's a short stroll above the plaza with a nice view. La Laterna mentioned by elzoe is in a beautiful spot right on the harbor and we also had a good meal there.
      The local olive oil and wine are unique and widely available. cheers

      1. I agree with Moto. Our dinner at Gambero Rosso was one of our fav meals in Italy and was my friend's favorite of the trip. We even tried to eat there again on our second night but they were closed for a private party. We stayed in the rooms to rent directly above the restaurant which was very rustic and quaint. Not the same owners though. Have fun. I'm very jealous.

        1. You can not miss the pastries at Il Pirata in Vernazza. Go there for the best breakfast ever!

          I had a Panzerotti which was sort of like a half moon pastry with sweet ricotta cheese and cinnamon inside. The next morning when I went back, they were out of ricotta so they substituted an orange custard. At first I was worried but it was even more delicious...

          If you take the train to Vernazza, head away from the water, up towards the post office and it will be on the right.

            Trattoria Baicin, Via Algeria, 5 0185 286 763
            Inexpensive, almost a water view near the square in the harbour. All had pasta for lunch along with a salad. Excellent pasta, particularly their pesto.Pasta 5-6 E.
            A Chowhound rec - Trattoria Genovese, Via Roma, 19, 0185 61 111. A great recommendation and worth every penny. 6 E pasta, 10 E mains and all super. Cannot recommend more highly. Incredibly friendly staff (particularly Alga) as we had no booking and just landed on a busy evening but they quickly found a table for two.
            Sapore di Mare, Lungomare Vittorio Veneto 19, 0185 52 603. Another excellent find, in fact we ate here twice. Owners very friendly and generous. Pastas 5-7 E, mains 10-11 E. Highly recommended.
            Ristorante Nettuno, Lungomare Vittorio Veneto 28, 0185 50 270. Good value. Pasta 6-7 E, mains around 10-11 E (excluding seafood of course!).
            Do yourself a big favour and spend a few days in either of these towns. Both have lovely settings and offer good value eating.