The Cinque Terre, in Liguria, are famous for their quaint villages, challenging hikes between vineyard-laced terraces, and the long culinary tradition with recipes that are a mix of land and sea food. Untangling the thousand proposals of a tourist place like the Cinque Terre is not easy. For a refreshing break after a day of walking it is important to choose the right place. Here below you can find a selection of the best restaurants, chosen in each village of Cinque Terre. We made this selection considering the use of typical and fresh products, the history of a place but also its position and sea view, because it is important to make the palate happy, as well as the eyes.
A Piè de Mà
A little piece of paradise,simple and fresh, A Pie’ de Ma’ is a charmingly rustic restaurant and wine bar in Riomaggiore, overlooking the sea. The ambiance is romantic and relaxing, and guests can expect friendly service and good food – like homemade pasta and seafood dishes and a huge selection of local wines. You can also enjoy aperitifs and wine while you watch the sunset behind the cliffs. The view is amazing, one of the best in Cinque Terre.
The panoramic terrace of the restaurant overlooking the Marina of Riomaggiore gives a particular charm to the place, finely cared both for furnishings and for the gastronomic offer, based primarily on the always fresh fish, prepared in dishes that revisit the recipes of the local tradition, but in a creative way. Wine list with regional, Italian and French references.
Trattoria dal Billy
Located in the upper part of the town, at the end of the path between Riomaggiore and Manarola, the restaurant offers a wonderful view over the terraces and the sea and the town seen from above. The restaurant’s not-to-be-missed dish is the seafood appetizer, 12 courses, some hot, others cold, enriched with aromatic herbs that contain all the flavors of the Cinque Terre. Homemade and freshly pulled pasta is always fresh as the accompanying fish. Reservation recommended.
It is an historic restaurant in Manarola, run by 3 generations of women who are carrying it out with care and innovation. Both bar and restaurant, Aristide is the first encounter as soon as you exit the station tunnel. It does not boast a sea view but has conquered the central square of the town, surrounded by colorful houses. It offers a vast map of Italian and local dishes, always different but made with the freshest ingredients. The breakfasts served at the bar in the morning are rich and inviting.
With the best sea view of Manarola, offers simple dishes like bruschetta, meat and cheese platters, crisp salads. Not proper a restaurant, it is perfect for lunches and aperitifs! It is not possible to book in advance.
Recently under new management, the owners are young and full of initiative and make a revisited traditional cuisine, in which they combine unconventional flavors. The interior of the restaurant is chic and minimal but very welcoming, made romantic by candles and beautiful flowers. The exterior benefits of a splendid “postcard” view of the sea, with small tables set under large olive and lemon trees.
set back from the center of Corniglia, it has a terrace that offers a beautiful view over the town. Cuisine based on always fresh fish and local specialties. Very welcoming staff and excellent value for money.
Famous restaurant throughout the Cinque Terre amazes its guests for the high quality and excellent taste of the dishes served. Here the panoramic position is top: you will have the opportunity to observe the sun disappearing on the horizon, tasting fresh fish from Vernazza and sipping good wine.
Gianni e Franzi
Historic restaurant in Vernazza where you can enjoy traditional cuisine, such as stuffed anchovies and al, trofie with pesto or the famous Vernazza pan, prepared with Monterosso anchovies, potatoes, tomatoes and herbs, all arranged in layers.
Family restaurant with terrace overlooking the sea, offers mainly traditional local dishes, including homemade pasta and creative seafood dishes. The furnishings are elegant with exposed stone. Extensive wine list to choose from. For more informal pit stops we recommend La Cantina di Miky, a few steps away.