Restaurants in Portofino + the Italian Riviera
Most restaurants in the Italian Riviera serve up the region’s local cuisine, which includes seafood dishes (notably sea bream prepared with black olives and roasted potatoes, and mussels stuffed with cheese), and a number of pesto dishes, as the region is the birthplace of the popular basil-based sauce.
Visitors would be hard pressed to visit one of the locally owned Italian Riviera restaurants without finding some variation of torta di verdure; a vegetable pie seasoned with winter herbs. Another local favorite is the ‘Farinata,’ a twist on the traditional pizza. The dish, made from chickpea flour, is typically topped with local ingredients, typically cheese and onion.
Although the local cuisine is so delicious vacationers may not want to eat anything else, there are also plenty of Italian Riviera restaurants that serve dishes from around the world. It’s possible to get everything from noodles to sushi to pub food (those looking for burgers or hot dogs shouldn’t leave without eating at La Tana del Luppolo, considered to be one of the best restaurants in the Italian Riviera for American fare).
Explore restaurants in Italy for more options.