The two brothers who run this restaurant are characters to say the least. One is waiting the tables the other cooking to (delicious) food. There is a lot of bantering going on between them and their customers which adds to the ambience. Good choices for food and well presented protions.
In the morning they open as a bakery, and their selection is great.
Prices are somewhat high compared to other Italian restaurants we'd been to, but pretty average for Vernazza
A tiny restaurant that is easily passed by, but definetely worth visiting. The music is usually the owner's acoustic guitar soings that remind you of the passion for life that is usually associated with Italians.
Favorite Dish: The best plate hands down was the Pesto Gnocci. The Tipica was good, taking advantage of the ligurian sea's treasures, but definetely second place.
Little did I know when I looked around for something to eat at the train stop that I would have the best sandwich I've ever eaten.
Favorite Dish: To this day I've never had as good a sandwich as I did at the train station waiting to connect to the local train heading towards Vernazza. It was a prosciutto and cheese foccaccia that was unbelievable.
The restaurant/bar at the castle (al castello) is a very nice place with SPECTACULAR view! It offers a great variety of dishes and you can also hang out any time you like (unlike in the restaurants that are closed except for lunch/dinner time).
I don't remember the name of this restaurant, it was also a pizzeria, it was situated at the main pier, at the port, on the quay coming inside the sea, there is a space with tables, like a plateau. Well, the service was HORRIBLE!!! We sat there and waited, waited, waited and waited... FOR ONE HOUR!!! Yes! And then we LEFT! Because nobody didn't pay attention to us, even though we were waving, signalising and trying to get attention (as well as some other tables). However, the only waitor, an exhibitionist, enjoyed amusing one table full of Americans who were tipping him big time and laughing to his stupid jokes and tricks (mind you, tipping in Italy is NOT a custom!), and he simply IGNORED everyone else!!! We were so upset! And went to another restaurant which was great although not at such great location...
Ristorante Pizzeria Vulnetia is a friendly restaurant located by the harbour in Vernazza.
They have a reputation of serving the best Pizza in Vernazza, and after eating here twice, we were not disappointed.
Service is really friendly and location is perfect - right downstairs from our hotel!
Favorite Dish: We had really delicious Seafood Risotto and excellent Pizza.
All washed down with plenty of good local wine!!
A great place for a meal, conversation and another of those Cinque Terre sunsets!
Set on the rim of Vernazza's small harbor, amidst tiny fishing boats and snoozing cats, Trattoria del Capitano has an elegant atmosphere enhanced by gentle waves lapping the rocks nearby. The servers are polite and patient, offering personal recommendations and a dessert menu at the drop of a hat. Capitano's heavenly plate of Pansotti (a local dish consisting of spinach and ricotta topped in a creamy walnut sauce) is matched only by the wide variety of seafood appearing under the second course menu (prepare for something that looks back at you while you eat it). For dessert, try the Torta della Nonna, Grandmother's cake. Remember to ask for a bottle of the local white wine (vino della Cinque Terre) with dinner!
Besides the enticing outdoor, waterfront location, this restaurant had it all: a warm reception, excellent personal service and mouth-watering dishes. Our waiter was especially attentive and helpful - with suggestions to meet everyone's needs.
The restaurant offers traditional Ligurian cuisine which includes a variety of seafood. There were 8 of us dining, all ordering different meals and every dish we ordered was exceptional - from the anti-pasto to the dessert.
Favorite Dish: Melt-in-your-mouth mussels, savory trofie al pesto and divine catch of the day!
I am truly not a fan of mussels, but these were extraordinary - cooked perfectly in a savory sauce (muscoli ripieni). A Trattoria Gianni specialty and a must-have! Trofie al pesto had enough zesty pesto sauce to make the dish complete, but did not overwhelm the pasta. The grilled fish (pesce alla griglia) was brought to our table whole, but our wonderful waiter expertly removed the head, bones and filleted it for us in under a minute. As was everything else, cooked perfectly to melt in your mouth.
Don't forget to ask for a bottle of local D.O.C. wine!
Our food experience was brief. Vernazza was the fourth town on our walk and we were starving! Fortunately for us, the main street had plenty of take-out restaurants. We bought a slice of pizza and a panini at a place right off the trail and sat on the sidewalk to eat. It was perfect!
Piazza Marconi 26, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Good for: Couples
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Good for: Business
As with most accommodation in Vernazza, La Mala is accessed by many steep steps. Be rest assured...more