Liguria is a cradle of beauty: enchanting landscapes, heady perfumes, musical language.
This region unveils its secrets little by little every day, from the tiny streets of the ancient villages through the modern cities buildings, from the hilltops through the beaches.
There’s only one place where Liguria will let visitors discover it beauty in full: at the table.
The taste of the equilibrium
Cinque terre is a place where the 21st century just passes by without altering anything regarding taste and flavours.
Along this coast, halfway between past and present, the cuisine is balanced between tradition and innovation.
Through the Cinque Terre hills, the 5 villages (Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia) offer different types of locations, such as luxury restaurants or more easy going “Trattoria” taverns.
No matter the location you choose, the main Liguria taste dishes will be there, most of which obviously come from the sea.
Flavours “à la carte”
Every meal in a Cinque Terre restaurant begins with starters. The “focaccia ligure” appetizer, plain, with rosemary or tomato, is an unavoidable ritual.
This is only the beginning though, don’t give up just now: let the smoked tuna, smoked swordfish or smoked salmon tempt you!
Or even better, if you truly wish to have a genuine taste of Liguria sea, order the “Gianchetti”: it’s a variety of Mediterranean fish usually caught off the coast during the first months of the year, a very tasty rarity that the most demanding mouths should try at least once.
And what about the original “pesto” if you wish to try a first course with no fish?
If you are a fish love though, plenty of options: “fisherman’s risotto”, “ravioli al branzino”, “Spaghetti and Lobster”.
Make sure though not to get full after the first course: grilled cuttlefish, Ligurian style cod with pine nuts and almonds, fried anchovies surely deserve consideration!
At the end of the meal, make sure you close it with a glass of Sciacchetrà, as tradition wants.
After all, the most authentic part of Cinque Terre can surely be traced at the table!