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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).

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  • A Due Passi dal Mare

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    The restaurant (formerly named La Bitta nella Pergola) has Genoa's only Michelin star. Order the roasted branzino, thickly sliced and served skin-u... More
  • Antica Osteria del Bai

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    This stone hut set directly on the water west of the city has been serving lunch and dinner in the same place for 210 years and Gianni Malagoli has... More
  • Antica Osteria di Vico Palla

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Hidden off a blind alley, the Antica Osteria di Vico Palla looks like it hasn’t changed in a century, though its current incarnation dates back onl... More
  • Canale

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    In a village without a butcher's shop or a school, the hub of life is a 95-year-old bakery that serves freshly baked Ligurian focaccia, topped with... More
  • Da Puny

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    You may have to compete with celebs, such as Denzel Washington and Giorgio Armani, for one of the 15 outdoor tables on Puny’s patio, but fortunatel... More
  • Il Genovino

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    The ricciola, a fish similar to pompano, is topped with wafer-thin potatoes soaked in olive oil, ringed by olives, then baked in a very hot oven. More
  • La Brinca

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  • La Terrazza

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    This restaurant is located in the five-star Hotel Splendido, a former 16th-century monastery overlooking Portofino’s bay. Sit on the outdoor patio ... More
  • Locanda Bellavista

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Magia Bianca

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Come in for salsa di noci (a walnut-cream sauce combined only with pansotti pasta) and savory tarts. More
  • Manuelina

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Focaccia col formaggio is Recco’s most famous, and one verifiably indigenous, dish. It consists of two layers of papery dough sandwiching Stracchin... More
  • Moltedo

    Come for the best plain focaccia. More
  • Osteria dell'Acquasanta

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Ristorante Baldin

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Luca Collami's restaurant feels like an exclusive private club. Sugarello—a kind of mackerel—is served raw with basil oil, chopped olive, and red p... More

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