It’s hardly a well kept secret that they’re good at making food on the Italian Riviera. Due to a rather fortunate location, snuggled between mountains and sea, the region has access to all the pinenuts, olive oil and fresh fish a person could dream of.
Picture perfect Camogli, located around half way down the coast, is a popular destination for Italian and international tourists alike during the summer months, not least because of a wealth of beautiful and reasonably priced restaurants.
Here’s my guide to my four of my favourite restaurants in this this small town:
FOR THE BEST VIEW
Head to Ristorante la Piazetta. Yes, yes, there are lots of restaurants which sit along the harbour front, offering picturesque views of the coastline, but this one benefits from sitting on a nook at the start of the promenade. You’ll find most regional specialties here cooked to a very high standard including trofie al pesto, lasagna al forno con pesto, fresh calamari and many a dish involving anchovies.
FOR THE BEST PIZZA
Head to Osteria delle Pance. All the toppings you can dream of, all for under €10 and located right on the seafront. It’s always brimming full of Italians- young, old, families and couples - a testament to how bloody good the food is. Even better, they provide a take-away service, so you can pick up a few pizzas and eat them on the beach front, with your toes in the water should you so desire. (Just ask them for porta via) The service is a bit patchy, particularly if you're not Italian (another reason to take your pizza on the move).
FOR THE BEST FISH:
Head to Da Paolo. Tucked away in an alley, this restaurant might not benefit from spectacular views of the harbour, but fish enthusiasts will rejoice at the standard churned out of this small family run business. Primo piatti highlights include an incredible fresh seafood risotto and a squid ink linguine, whilst second piatti include a wide variety of fish (according to daily market offerings), cooked to choice and served on a platter. Try the daily special in a salt crust.
FOR THE BEST FRESH PASTA
Head to Pasta Fiorella (Pasta Fresca). Not so much a restaurant as a culinary experience. Not many people know that the lovely ladies here prepare dishes porta via, usually for around €5. Ask them to prepare you a dish or two of trofie al pesto or pansotti con salsa di noce. It's where everybody goes in Camogli to pick up some freshly made pasta or a few tubs of fresh pesto.
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