People who come to the Cinque Terre are amazed by the scenery, the trails, its beaches, and mostly of all, the GREAT FOOD!
But answering to “which are the best restaurants in Cinque Terre” is not easy. Maybe it’s easier to start letting you know what are the recipes to look for, the traditional food that will help you to understand if a restaurant is a good one or not.
Since you’ll be in an area that attracts many tourists, you’ve to pay attention where to eat in Cinque Terre.
We live here and we’re very demanding when it comes to food and food prices — plus, you’ll probably be staying here few days, and you’ll probably not have a car to find the restaurants outside the coastline, so here is something may help you pick the right restaurants and right dishes and not miss out on some of the best that the area can offer in terms of great food.
Most of the restaurants here in Cinque Terre are family run and we feel to award the more honest ones, the owners whose philosophy is to direct but also to work all day long in their restaurants and to serve their customers as if they were guest at their houses.
Maybe you won’t find excellence in gourmet research and experimentation, no michelin stars here (well, actually, we have a couple), but the tastes you will have the luck of finding here are authentic and original, coming from long family traditions.
And do not forget to end you meal with a Limoncino (lemon liquor not to be confused with limoncello from south of Italy regions). Otherwise you Cinque Terre meal experience will not be complete!
Here the dishes you should look for:
- Acciughe Al Tegame Or Fried
- Coniglio Alla Ligure
- Pesto Lasagna
- Troffie, Testaroli Or Gnocchi Al Pesto
- Ravioli alla Ligure
- Spaghetti Allo Scoglio
- Marinara Mussels
- Baked White Fish
- Stocafisso In Umido
- Cappun Magro
- Fried Triglie
- Mesciua Soup
- Spaghetti with Mussels
- Minestrone soup
Best restaurants in Vernazza
Best restaurants in Corniglia
Best restaurants in Manarola
Best restaurants in Riomaggiore
Let’s not forget about La Spezia, it’s a nice city just before Cinque Terre. Probably many of you changed trains here to get to the 5 Terre villages. There are almost no tourists in La Spezia, so restaurateurs have to cater to locals, so the experience could be interesting as are the prices!
Will be soon writing an article about our favorites restaurants in La Spezia that you can easily reach walking from the train station.
If you’re a real food lover, you can try one of these restaurants for lunch just after food shopping at the La Spezia open food market (Monday to Saturday from 7am to 12pm), where you can find the freshest vegetables, fruits, and locally caught fish.
But let’s make it easier for you …if you’re planning to stay in Cinque Terre just 2 or 3 nights… here are the restaurants and wine bars not to be missed in Cinque Terre.
La Taverna del Capitano in Vernazza
Il Belforte in Vernazza
A Pie de Ma’ in Riomaggiore
Miky in Monterosso
Da Billy in Manarola
Cappun Magro in Bolastra (a fraction of Manarola)
If you’re looking for something even more romantic/traditional for you…try a chef at home or cooking class!
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