food and wine, Genoa
Genoa was one important trade port of the Mediterranean. Ships loading and unloading precious cargo. Spices, too.
So the tradition of fine exclusive sweets was introduced long time ago.
What to buy: In this beautiful shop I bought violets covered with sugar and rosewater pearls. Delicate and aromatic, something special to remind me of Genoa.
Hmm, this is what I really love, fine fresh and moderately expensive fishes & crabs. It is, however, too much if asking 26€ for the wild orata (orata nostrana), should cost around 20 euros, not more then that. The other guy have put the price of 10€ for "orata nostrana" but there must be something wrong about it. Or this is breeded orata or it's not fresh at all.
Even calamari (squid fish) cost too much, I would never pay 14€ for calamari from Mare Ligure, what then here could cost calamari from the Adriatic Sea, the best calamari that excisting?
What to buy: I suppose its possible to burgain the prices for the fishes, especially if buying more then 1 kg. Good chances to reducing prices is if coming here and buy after 1 or 2am, the next day this fish doesn't worth much so they must sell it the same day.
There may be an area with glitzy designer shops in Genoa but I wasn't looking for it so I didn't find it. Instead, we wandered around the ancient historic centre and were fascinated by the different food shops. There were shops selling all manner of spices that my limited Italian could not translate, bottled and bagged and crammed into every available space in the tiny shops. There were fishmongers selling some of the freshest fish available, only some of which I recognised. There was a lovely shop selling fresh pasta where I bought some trofie genovese and pasticciarias selling pandolce.
What to buy: If you can, buy some fresh pasta - especially the handmade trofie. Pesto is one of the more famous exports - be sure to try it at least once.
What to pay: A half kilo of trofie cost a little over €3 - well worth it for the amount of effort put into making this type of pasta.
vegetables, oil, fruits, food from several producers of the surroundings
What to pay: I guess it's not cheap... never bought anything but tasted a lot as they often provided food for "vernissage" at the "stanza della poesia" just on the side.
This large and newly modernised, large supermarket adjacent to the Port of Genova is also easily accessible from the city centre of Genova.
Holiday shop for provisions where the local people shop, and the store is handy for last minute provisions before boarding ferries and cruise ships at the Port of Genova. It has a good deli/gastronomia section and sells just about everything; non food items and toiletries; wine, beers and spirits too. There is even a pharmacy inside and it sells Italian magazines and has a small Italian book selection.
After checking in to board a ferry with a car, park the car in the ferry queue and walk to the Coop to buy food for the journey (advisable). There is an elevated walkway which leads to the shops and bar/cafe. You will need your ferry company ticket to go back along the elevated walkway as there is usually a security man in situ.
If you are a foot passenger, buy food before boarding.
There is parking at the left side of the building from the road if you are not a ferry/cruise passenger.
The best place in the area to buy supermarket items without driving out of town.
Monday to Sunday: 08:30 - 20:00
(These are new opening times and it is best to check as Italian stores change them regularly)
What to buy: Extra virgin olive oil, pesto, wine, grappa