We stopped here for lunch because we could pick out cooked vegetables. We had broccoli and stuffed artichoke with some lasagna for lunch. All very delicious and reasonable priced. They heated the food up for us in their microwave so we had "take out" which was right outside on a round bench. They supplied plastic forks and napkins. There were several other small shops near here that had delicious pastries and gelato.
Favorite Dish: The stuffed artichokes were tender and tasty.
I'm hoping I have the right restaurant name from my journals......but we did have this amazing seafood platter in the village of Santa Margherita. The restaurant is casual with an outdoor/ indoor sitting area. You will be able to pick it out, as its totally packed and sometimes there is a queue to get in.
Just walk up into town and I'm sure you will find it.....(if the name of the restaurant is wrong !).
Favorite Dish: the seafood platter.- delicious
This hotel restaurant is expensive, if you want a special treat or a romantic night out you cannot miss this one. The food is fabulous, staff very attentive and the entertainment out of this world. Make sure you check first to see if Mario is singing, his voice will remain endlessly in your memories. We brought heaps of his Cd's as gifts to our friends and family back home......everyone loves him !
This is our second time to this restaurant and every time will hear him, shivers of delight just intermingle with the magic of Portofino.
Its also opened for lunch. Make sure you do not have shorts on at night. Dress code is very strict in this upmarket restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Pasta and fish.
The fish is excellent and the antipasto delicious. My children had the lasagna had said it was to die for .......the staff are extremely friendly and helpful too.
Favorite Dish: Any of the food especially any specials that are on offer.
The pretentious mincing of the staff could have been forgiven had the food actually been worth eating. However, the food was served cold, was completely average, yet still had a price tag to match the restaurants pretensions.
To top this, the manager/owner backed by his staff actually attempted to deceive us with the wine that we ordered; pretending that the mediocre fare was actually a Brunello di Montalcino. The wine was opened away from the table, was not shown to us before pouring and was then kept hidden at the other end of the restaurant to avoid us actually seeing the label. When we actually exposed their error/deception they attempted to deceive us still further and were extremely reluctant to rectify the mistake.
Their attempts to remedy the situation only extended to offering us an even cheaper, more mediocre bottle of plonk.
My advice to all: Avoid this place like the plague.
as if we weren't enjoying ourselves enough, we happened upon a charming wine bar/pub and more (!) on Via Solimano (the heart of old Santa Margherita). We ordered drinks and sat on the sidewalk. a lovely complimentary primi piatti platter arrived - wonderful coppa, cheeses, etc. i don't know if this is typical, but it was certainly welcomed!
Favorite Dish: great wine by the glass
During a three week 25th anniversary trip to Italy in July 2004, we spent 3 days in SML to use as a base to visit the surrounding area including the Cinque Terre. One evening we decided try a local restaurant “il Nostromo”, as their fixed menu included a sampling of many local dishes. The evening turned out to be one I’ll never forget as all the staff and every patron in the restaurant helped us celebrate ours and our friends’ anniversary. I could never have imagined such an impromptu celebration. We were made to feel part of a large extended family. There was even a folk singer who sang Italian love songs and the whole restaurant sang along. An impromptu celebration like this doesn’t happen every day and I still appreciate the fact it happened to us thanks to the warmth of the staff and patrons.
It was also an excellent way to sample and learn the names of local dishes. The staff was helpful in suggesting wines.
Favorite Dish: The fixed menu includes many local dishes and the staff was very good to explain them to us.
You will find this white wine all over this area - it is inexpensive and great. It is difficult to obtain it (at least in the U.S.) and it is truly a local wine as it is grown on the steep slopes of the terrain in the Cinque terre region.