Tag Archives: Cinque Terre

Eating in Manarola – Cinque Terre, Italy

The sun FINALLY came out when we were in Manarola and we could see the iconic village in its splendour!

We hiked up the hill to have another view of the water and the village…

After the very mini-hike, we treated ourselves to lemon gelato and sorbet.

We made a 6:30pm reservation for sunset dinner at Trattoria dal Billy weeks in advance as it’s one of the most famous restaurants in Manarola.  We didn’t anticipate that the sun would be setting at 9:20pm… but nevertheless, the view from Billy was pretty spectacular….

marinated anchovies in lemon and olive oil….. a bit too sour and salty..

mussels

seafood spaghetti…. al dente pasta.. extremely flavourful and so much seafood! This was the first time I saw razor clam in Italian pasta!

After dinner, we headed back down to the harbour to watch the sunset.. but the clouds blocked out the sun….. We ended up having another ice-cream!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Trattoria dal Billy

Via Aldo Rollandi, 122, 19017 Manarola, Riomaggiore SP, Italy
Phone:+39 0187 920628
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Gelato in Corniglia – Cinque Terre, Italy

The village of Corniglia is perched high on the hill and to get to the village from the train station, you have to hike 15 minutes….Pistachio and Hazelnut gelato

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Corniglia, Cinque Terre

Eating in Vernazza – Cinque Terre, Italy

After Monterosso, we caught the train to Vernazza.  The weather was still less than stellar but the village was still very picturesque.

Despite the cold weather, I still had two ice-creams! We went to the only gelateria by the water..

I have to admit, there’s not really much to do in Cinque Terre if you don’t hike. Since we were taking the trains, we saved so much time in getting to each village. However, there’s not much to do in each village because it’s so small..

We were bored sitting around and decided to have a late afternoon snack / way-too-early dinner.

mixed seafood salad….. ordered this because I wanted to eat vegetables but turns out it was mainly seafood….. kind of bland..

mussels… very very tiny mussel…

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Vernazza

Cinque Terre, Italy

Eating in Monterosso Al Mare – Cinque Terre, Italy

The easiest way to get to all five Cinque Terre villages is either by hiking or taking the trains.  When we went in April, it was cold and rainy; so we decided to train instead.  It’s quite convenient to train as the inter-village trains run every hour.  We trained to the northern-most village, Monterosso, which is also the largest of the five villages.

There’s two parts to Monterosso, old and new town.  The old town is more picturesque with the signature colourful buildings.

lemons everywhere…

passed by a bakery and couldn’t resist!

baci di dama…….. sooooo good! This almond cookie is so soft and buttery.. and there’s also chocolate!

Because that chocolate cookie was so good, I decided to try their apricot cookie; however, this was hard and dry.

A minute after buying that cookie, we passed by another bakery, Wonderland Bakery….and obviously, I couldn’t resist…

got a lemon and chocolate sfogliatella…  AMAZING! crispy and flaky on the outside!

For lunch, we went to a random restaurant with a Trip Advisor Excellence sign… not too good of a choice….

we ordered a pizza with tomato, mozzarella and Italian sausage….. this was so bland…

trofie al pesto…. oily and bland…

Monteresso Al Mare

Cinque Terre, Italy

Eating in Riomaggiore – Cinque Terre, Italy

The main reason for this Italian part of the trip was to visit Cinque Terre! Cinque Terre isn’t one town but is composed of five villages along the rugged coast of the Italian Rivera.   We chose to stay at Riomaggiore, the first village for La Spezia and the southern-most of the 5 villages.

 It’s very charming.. look at all the bright colours!

For dinner the first night, we decided to eat at Il Grottino as it was raining and the restaurant was right by our apartment. Right from the start, we did not receive any service at all.  The staff was very cold towards us (no hint of smile nor made any conversion) but was friendly and attentive to the other patrons…… No points at all for the non-existent service….

The food, however, was decent…

stuffed mussels.. it’s a local speciality.. mixture of eggs, parmesan, parsley and breadcrumbs stuffed into the mussel shell.. the mussel is so tiny you could barely taste it…  It’s not worth it because you’re basically eating breadcrumbs..

seafood spaghetti…  fresh seafood, the pasta was cooked perfectly but was a bit bland…

Apart from restaurants, there are also a few take away restaurants selling fried seafood….

Across from our apartment was Mamma Mia.  We could literally smell the aroma of fried calamari from our door.

fried calamari!

I picked a mix, so it included fried anchovies…

pesto focaccia.. kinda oily…

We also found a pasta laboratory!

you pick the type of pasta and the sauce…

we picked trenette pasta and pesto sauce as both pasta and the sauce is a specialty of the region…this dish is known as trenette al pesto… It was pretty good for the price (5 euros only!) but I think my mom makes better pesto pasta.  This was too oily and didn’t have enough basil taste.

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Riomaggiore

Cinque Terre, Italy