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. **
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!
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!
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.
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!
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...
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 kinds
Piazza Marconi 26, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
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