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There are several restaurants and cafes in the bay of Portofino...
.......but no matter, how many tourists arrived by ship, they were almost empty ( although our ship had about 150 passengers )
And DO NOT expect to be able to have a look into a menu posted at the entrance like you usually can in other restaurants
Updated Nov 3, 2012
At the end of the boulevard the sidewalk get rather narrow and still you see a nice restaurant garden with tables directely at the sea.
Be Carefull : NO barrier or fence on the seaside of the trottoir !!
Favorite Dish: Seafood is absolutely fresh here in Portofino, and the sea is almost cristall clear.
Updated Nov 3, 2012
Restaurant prices are really extremely high - I knew that already from my guide-books, and I had a stay of just 3 hours, and did not want to spend a lot of time waiting for the waiters...
So I decided to bring a picknick, as seen here on my pic...
I had " Focaccia con Olive " (an Olivebread ) + " Focaccia con Cipolle " ( a Onion-guiche ) and some peach-juice for a total of 2,60 €uro, bought in S.Margherita Ligure , before I left.
Don't ask me, why I put the food exactly into the shadow of the pic... ;-((
Favorite Dish: The Olivebread was the best, I bought it in a bakery shop and it is cut exactly the size you like to have it. It was 0,80 €uro, it tasted absolutely great even cold
Updated Nov 3, 2012
Portofino has a good choice of restaurants, but they are expensive. I couldn't find a fast food or "pizza al taglio" (pizza by slice) where to sit while eating. There is a grocery shop in the village though.
After a long search for a "quite budget" restaurant I decided to take the bus to Santa Margherita Ligure and head to my favourite restaurant there.
I had lunch at pasticceria Oneto several times. It is a coffehouse where you can have salads,sandwiches, piatti freddi (cold cuts or cheeses) and aperitives with lots of nibbles.
Aperitives are served with chips, olives, stripes of raw vegetables, small squares of pizza, or little sandwiches and other food.
Favorite Dish: At Oneto's the salads are served in large bowls and are full of vegetables.
This cafe is really a good place to have your "happy hours"even at noon . The nibbles which come with your drink are really good.
Updated Jul 17, 2012
Address: Via Partigiani d' Italia 3 -5.
The food was ok but this a simple tourist trap. They will charge each person a covercharge of €4, I ordered a coke and was charged €8. I've been around the globe but have never been taking advantage off like this before, oh and the coke wasn't on the menu so you couldn't see the prices. The places next door charged half the price for a coke.
Approach with caution!
Written Jul 3, 2012
Address: Via Calata Marconi 20 Portofino
Italian restaurants have their own rules, you could be hungry as a wolf but they wont open if siesta time. Late afteroon, between 2 and 6pm, is the worst time to feel hunger when in Italy. Most restaurants are closed and they wont open even if you are the Pope himself.
Favorite Dish: Fact is, I wasn't very hungry but wanted to taste spaghetti con muscoli, since I haven't had them for a very long time.
Updated May 18, 2012
I will never understand those people who worshiping human idols or celebrities, as they call them nowadays. What impulse one must have if spending hours of time in front of some place and waiting his/her idol to show up in front of the crowd? What motif it could be to have lunch or dinner in the same restaurant where his/her idol was before, even if knowing well that lunch or dinner could cost a fortune?
"Il Pitosforo" and "Chuflay Bar" are world famous restaurants but not because they offering the best food or wines, this restaurants are famous because of the famous clients (celebrities) who had lunch or dinner here.
Favorite Dish: Can you imagine, in restaurants we usually pay for the food and drinks, in Il Pitosforo or Chuflay bar however, one must pay even the chair. Believe it or not but as soon as you seat down it cost you 10 euros, per capita! If you check the menu could have another shock because average food cost around 100 euros, per capita!
I am glad if able to suggest some good restaurants to fellow VT members, this time I am glad if suggesting not to visit this two restaurants if worshiping own money.
Written Sep 29, 2011
The American bar La Gritta has been part of the Portofino since since 1954. It’s well known for its sushi and sashimi, prepared fresh by chef Watanabe - but there’s also an Italian chef who prepares typical Ligurian dishes.
La Gritta is open daily 10AM-3AM, except November through may, when it closes on MOnday
Favorite Dish: We only stopped for a drink and a slice of cake and since I don't remember what we ordered, it must not have been that good – as we had expected, however, it was definitely overpriced...
Written Jul 23, 2010
Address: Calata Marconi 20
Phone: (0)185 26.91.26
The day we went to Portofino was a really warm and sunny day… and we wanted to make the mosto f it and not waste too much time (and money) in a restaurant… so we decided to go to the Pasticceria/Panificio Canale to buy some local focaccia and then head to the seafront in the cobbled square and have a sort of picnic.
Favorite Dish: Pasticceria/Panificio Canale specializes in focaccia… a typical local yeast flat bread that can be made traditionally (with salt) or else with many other ingredients – for instance cheese, onions or olives – to name just a few. We also had some delicious farinata, a sort of flat bread made with chickpea flour.
Written Jul 22, 2010
Address: via Roma 30
Overlooking the harbour, Ristorante la Stella is one of numerous exquisite restaurants in Portofino. Much like most of the restaurants in town, la Stella serves Ligurian specialites, which tend to include some pesto sauce and a lot of fresh seafood. I chose the restaurant randomly when I stopped in town for lunch and it turned out to be exquisite, but expensive (also like all of the other restaurants). I would happily return here.
Updated Mar 9, 2010
Address: Molo Umberto I°, Portofino
Phone: +39 018 526 9007
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