Gastronomical delights are aplenty here, in a country where basil and lemon grow wild, seafood is plucked from the sea, and pesto, pasta and local wines are a speciality. Cinque Terre is especially known for its Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino grapes, producing Sciacchetrà: a liquored wine with 18% of alcohol. Made by drying grapes for months in a dry place, the wine is further ripened.
Perhaps one of the most popular spots is an outdoor terrace bar, Nessun Dorma. Despite the name, its coastal views are less than clichéd. It serves local wines and nibbles such as bruschetta. You don’t require a reservation but you may have to queue. Pesto making classes are available in the mornings.
Localita Punta Bonfiglio, 19017 Manarola
Tratorri is a wonderful and popular spot in the hillside streets of Manarola. You need to book, and it’s worth it. From their salted anchovies to black pasta or can’t decide: then try its 12-course seafood appetizer made with Ligurian herbs and include warm and cold choices.
Via Rollandi 122, Cinque Terre
Torre Aurora Mare Cucina & Cocktails is an amazing spot for cocktails and food, taking in an expansive hilltop view and located on the site of an old castle. This place is a little on the pricier side, though the food and experience are exceptional. Try the Steamed baccalà codfish, rendered smoked provala cheese, julienne of zucchini and mint, bread crouton.
Via Bastioni, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP