Ristorante Beppe Achille, Santa Margherita Ligure. A very stylish fish restaurant across the road from the harbour and nextdoor to the fish market – the fish is so fresh you would only get it fresher if it were still alive.
Anchovies in lemon
Penne with anchovies
Ristorante La Lampara, Riomaggiore. In this tiny Cinque Rerre village, an oasis of air-conditioned calm on a raging hot day but with food that would honour the table of any international capital city.
Ligurian Broccoli soup which had a lot more than broccoli in there.
Lamb cutlets with…
..and espresso coffee. It shouldn’t be a surprize that Italians always get this right.
Ristorante da Nicola, Portofino – this village may be millionaire’s paradise but they know how to do a simple pizza too.
… espresso coffee.
Ristorante Sole, Rapallo.
Spaghetti with anchovies…
…and, of course, espresso coffee.
Trattoria da Pezzi, Santa Margherita Ligure.
Genovese Minestrone soup – a meal in itself.
Caffé del Borgo, Santa Margherita Ligure.
… and, with a beer, a generous supply of hors d’oeuvres.
…and, for a special treat on my last day, one of those very special little pastries.
Ristorante Antonio, Santa Margherita Ligure.
Seafood pasta – they told me the name, several times, but I cannot recall it. I blame the wine and smooth, slightly sweet but punchy white from a few miles away in Cinque Terre.
Sea bass Ligurian style…the chef had caught it that morning whilst diving the local village of Paraggi.
Spaghetteria Garibaldi, Santa Margherita Ligure. An unpretentious long-established family business that knows just what its all about.
Prosciutto and melon
Caffé del Porto, Santa Margherita Legure. Local people came here to eat in their over-all and uniforms, they know where the food is best.
Trenette al pesto (linguine)
Spaghetti with clams…
..and espresso coffee.
No time here to talk about the wine (look out for bottles of the local stuff from here in the Cinque Terre region).
…or the Campari and sodas….
..or those late night cocktail bars
Sottozero Bar, Santa Margherita Ligure. The staff have as much fun here as the customers.
Caruso Cocktail…mostly creme de menthe and gin.
Of course you had to have a Margherita, or two, in Santa Margherita Ligure. This one wasn’t my first…hope it’s not my last.