Gambero Rosso: fishermans dishes
Gambero Rosso is typical Italian seafood restaurant which offers very relaxing atmosphere in a simple but attractive ambient. Anybody is welcome and could feel very comfortable wheter wearing taxido or simple jeans and t-shirt. The name of the restaurant is indicating what one could expecting here; fresh seafood, typical local cuisine and delicious food.
Favorite Dish: It was pretty early for the lunch when I visited Vernazza and to be honest I had no intention at all to eat something but the smell of fresh made Bruschetta made me to stop and taste it. Bruschetta is sort of very simple sendwich made of toasted bread, pieces of fish or prosciutto and cobered by fresh tomatoe. It was really good. Simple food and the way its made tells alot about the restaurant.
Trattoria Gianni Franzi: Dinner by the Harbour (Breakfast available too!)
Trattoria Gianni Franzi is a busy restaurant located in Piazza Marconi, by the harbour in Vernazza.
It serves a good range of the local Cinque Terre style cuisine - plenty of fish and pasta dishes.
They are also open for breakfast - you can stand insde at the small bar and have excellent coffee and a croissant or similar pastry for a couple of euros per person.
Favorite Dish: We had a relaxing dinner here of seafood pasta, washed down with a bottle of Gianni's special house wine.
A great place to dine and watch the sunset!Related to:
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Pizzeria Vulnetia: Best pizza in town?
We came here following a recommendation from sue_stone who says on her Vernazza page that it serves the best pizza in town. Well, Chris is a big fan of pizza, and as he wasn’t disappointed with this one I have to conclude that the reputation is well deserved.
Favorite Dish: As it was lunchtime we didn’t want a large meal, so opted to share a pizza and salad. With these we had a cold beer each, and paid €26 which seemed good value. The service was friendly, and the outside table a perfect vantage point for watching all the activity in the lively square.
Even if you eat outside as we did, do pop inside (perhaps to use the clean toilets) to see the rather eclectic décor (huge china tigers seem somewhat out of place here on the Ligurian coast!) and some interesting old photos of Vernazza.
Gelateria Il Porticcido: Gelato by the harbour
I don’t know if it was because they were the first gelati we had on this trip, but the ones we bought in Vernaza and enjoyed sitting by the harbour here were exceptionally good. It’s only a small outlet, with no seating, so you’ll need to take your treats outside to be enjoyed on one of the nearby benches or, as we did, perched on the harbour wall. The colourful scene in front of you will almost certainly enhance your enjoyment of the ices, and the combination of view and tastes is a quintessential Italian experience.
Favorite Dish: We both chose a cup with three scoops – for me pink grapefruit, cinnamon and pistachio, and for Chris chocolate, black cherry and strawberry. All the flavours were delicious but if I had to pick a favourite it would be the grapefruit. Prices were reasonable, although I appear to have been too busy enjoying the flavours to note down the exact price.
Il Pirata: Il Pirata is a must
Il Pirata is an amazing experience. It's located up VIA Roma by the post office. It's run by two brothers who are truly a hilarious and energetic duo. They will astonish you with their breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. whatever time of day you happen to be in Vernazza, this will be your best choice for freshness, local flavor, variety, price, and experience.
IL GAMBERO ROSSO: On the waterfront
I would recommend Il Gambero Rosso in Vernazza. A reservation is not necessary, but they do accept reservations and it could be helpful during a very busy night. Also Mikey's in Monterosso is awesome for seafood. The place gets packed so a reservation is suggested.
Also, I had the best foccacia in my life in Vernazza. I don't know the name of the place, but it's the foccacia place on the main street in Vernazza (the town is very small, so you'll find it easily). Wow, their stuff is so amazing that my friend and I ate it 3 times during our 2 day stay in Cinque Terre!!!
Trattoria da Sandro: Trattoria da Sandro - local Cuisine
One night on our recent stay in Vernazza we decided to break away from our usual practice of eating in one of the restaurants by the harbour, and ventured up the hill towards the train station to Trattoria da Sandro.
It was a chilly night, and luckily we had booked earlier that day, as this small cosy restaurant was very busy, filled with happy diners.
So we ordered a bottle of the locally produced wine and sat back to enjoy some of Vernazza's finest.
Favorite Dish: We really enjoyed the local dish of large anchovies in lemon juice, and the mixed fried seafood was tasty too.
I had a delicious spaghetti with seafood.
We even managed to squeeze in a serve of their homemade tiramisu.
** We had dinner again at Trattoria da Sandro in Sep 2007. We were a little disappointed this time. All our food seemed to be over-salted. **Related to:
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Gelateria Stalin - aka Gelato Amore Mio: Gelateria Stalin - creamy gelato
In Sep 2007, we arrived in Vernazza one afternoon after a busy day of eating, and realised that we hadn't had our daily gelato as yet. Oh dear, what could we do, but head to the nearest gelateria!
There are a couple in Vernazza, but after a quick look at the options, we decided on Gelateria Stalin (aka Gelato Amore Mio) as the ice cream looked creamiest.
Favorite Dish: Can you believe that I was so full still from a big lunch, that Alex and I decided just to share two scoops - we had the Chocolate and the Mint choc-chip. It was creamy delicious.Related to:
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Baja Saracena: Breakfast by the Sea
The bar/cafe situated right on the harbour front in Vernazza is a great place to have a relaxing breakfast before tackling one of the Cinque Terre trails.
Just head for the umbrellas on the point, order one of the 6 or so breakfast combo's and relax.
Favorite Dish: Normally just have a croissant and coffee, but you can also have muesli and yoghurt or a panini.
It is also my favourite place for sunset drinks and nibbles.Related to:
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Trattoria Gianni Franzi: Casual Restaurant in Vernazza
This place is pretty nice if your idea of fine dinning is a large, cold beer and pizza. They serve other things but we basically only did pizza and beer. It's great for people watching as it's right at the edge of the marina. The waiters are VERY laid back and friendly.
From the website, it seems they also have rooms to rent out.
Favorite Dish: BEER!
Bar Baja Saracena
In this bar you can have both breakfast as well as lunch/dinner. You will find the menu written on a chalk board. It sure is a fabulous place to sit outside and enjoy the sea, the harbor view, the sun! We never did sit down there, but what we did was to get some of there really good pizza to take away! A piece was 2,50 € and it really was a good portion! We thought it was the best (take away) pizza in town!
Gianni Franzi: Best cappucchino in town
Gianni Franzi has it all: they rent rooms, have a huge restaurant (plus busy tables outside) and the very best cappucchino in town! If you go inside and just have it right there at the bar, it will only cost you € 1,20 and if you like, you can have a croissant along with it! We made it a habit to have a cappucchino every time we passed by - soooooooo delicious!
This pizzeria is by the harbor and if you can sit outside - it is a fantastic atmosphere! Pizzeria Vulnetia is said to have Vernazza's best pizza - and really, it was good!
Service was very friendly and helpful (and they even lend me a knife for two days, so that I could cut Heinz' birthday cake!!)
Favorite Dish: We had Pizza Napoli (with anchovis and capers) and Spaghetti with shrimps. Both dishes were very tasty, but the spaghetti were difficult to eat, since the shrimps were still in their shell.... Along with the food we had the red house wine.
baja saracena: the centre of town
While looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat after arriving in Vernazza by walking from Portovenere, we came across Baja Saracena. We decided to get some takeaway brushetta and beers to have while sitting on the harbour wall as the sun set, but the manager told us that there is no extra cost for the tables out on the harbour side, which was a real suprise. We had pizza and bruschetta, glasses of ice cold beer while sitting at the edge of the harbour under the shade of umbrellas being well looked after by the gracious and friendly Paulo. It is not fine dinning, but an excellent laid back Italian pizzeria.
Favorite Dish: I recommend the brushetta, it really is fantastic in this corner of Italy.Related to:
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il pirate (not sure of the spelling): you cant beat the pirate
if your looking for a great meal that is simply put amazing then look no farther then the il pirate (not sure of the spelling) in vernazza. this great little place has the best pastries money can buy probably anywhere in the world. the restaurant is run by twin sicilian brothers that do all the cooking themselves till all hours of the morning. i dont know how they manage to even get a wink of sleep. my girlfriend and i found this place by accident as it is not very big and not right in the heart of vernazza. it is located at the car park area of vernazza about a 2 min walk past the train station. and for those of you who dont know the cinque terre that is about a 5 min walk in total from the main square. anyways when we arrived we were informed that because of a cancellation we had recieved the last table that night for dinner. lucky us!!! the meal was more then superb and all for 25 euro including the 5 euro sitting charge. now dont be put away buy the 2.50 euro a head sitting charge with that you get the homemade pastry of the day, a bowl of olives, a bowl of eggplant that was marinaded in oil and spices which i didnt know at the time, and i hate eggplant. but it was great. also you get bread sticks and unlimited bread with your meal. after our meal my girlfriend and i made a reservation the next night to ensure ourselves a table. we meet other travellers at the restaurant that had been to other places in vernazza but once they found this gem they were hooked not only on the food but the fun and lively brothers from sicily. always with a story or just good friendly conversation. the brother that does the majority of the serving speaks french, english and his mother tonque italian, and that was only our first visit that we heard him speak all 3 languages and very fluently. i can't rave enough about this place the atmosphere kills the other restaurants as they just see you as a tourist with money to spend and there service is subpar and rude at times. try these guys you will love them.
Favorite Dish: the lasagna try the different kindsRelated to:
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