Strictly local food from Liguria, not only fish, but foods from the mountains. Liguria is very narrow and the coast itself is often interrupted by cliffs. So, the hills are quite a distinctive world from the coast, and their food is very different.
They have a remarkable terrace with a wonderful overview of the coast and Finale itself.
Favorite Dish: Panizza - Chick-pea flour fritters, mixed with onions.
Farinata - Chick-pea flour pizza, well.... not exactly "pizza", of course, but similar in sight.
Address: Via Canova 22 - MAGLIOLO (SV)
Directions: Along the national road 490, climbing from Finale to Calizzano
Phone: +39 019 634102Add to your Trip Planner
Finale is full of gelaterias but this is possibly the best one. Il Dattero has a reasonable selection of flavours, all of which are delicious. As good is the frozen yoghurt, in a huge cup - have yours with raspberries (lampone). For 2 euros, it's practically a meal in itself!
Favorite Dish: Frozen yoghurt with raspberries. Or possibly the Kinder ice cream.
Address: V. Pertica
Directions: where the road splits into V. Rossi and V. Garibaldi - you can't miss the outside seatingAdd to your Trip Planner
Cheap cocktails, nice smoothies and the usual selection of coffee products at this cafe(with comfy outdoor seating) in the middle of Finale.
Favorite Dish: The hot chocolate - it's not too, too thick but is deliciously decadent all the same.
Address: p.v. emanuele II 10Add to your Trip Planner
The best pasticceria in finale, heavenly mini pastries and great coffee. I think a cappuccino was something like 1.60 and a mini pastry 0.50 (you need more than 3 though!!) - but that's to sit down in the nice red interior or outside next to the church, so it's well worth it.
Favorite Dish: The mini coffee crema pastries - to die for.
Address: v. garibaldi 10
Directions: next to the church on the way to the youth hostel
Phone: 019692753Add to your Trip Planner
They've called it a bar, but it wasn't exactly buzzing at night, so I'm calling it a coffeehouse! In reality, it's one of those mixed up places they have in Italy that do alcohol, food and coffee. The salads were quite nice (though not huge) - we had 2, costing 5 euros and 6 euros. I also had a cappuccino with cream (con panna) that was 2.30 to sit outside, and wasn't particularly good. This place didn't feel like great value for money, but would do for a quick snack.
Favorite Dish: The feta salad
Address: v. barrili 39Add to your Trip Planner