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Good food can be hard to find, but luckily I’ve got the best restaurants in Cinque Terre for you today.  (If you’re looking for the best gelato, I’ve got that covered as well.)  For the past two years, I’ve been on a mission to find the best focaccia and the best pesto.  I think I’ve succeeded.

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Best Restaurants in Cinque Terre – Manarola

Trattoria dal Billy – Since it was fairly late (for us) when we arrived at La Torretta, we decided to walk over to dal Billy.  We arrived at 9:30pm on a Saturday night and had a short wait for a table in the lower dining room.  They gave us a complimentary glass of prosecco while we waited, too.

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I knew it was going to be good when I tried the bread.  Side note: Dal Billy also had my favorite basalmic vinegar from this trip.  It was so creamy, I bet it would be delicious on gelato!  For our primi course, we ordered two fresh pasta dishes – the tagliolini al scarpara and the tagliolini al pesto.  Both tasted extremely fresh.  The pasta was perfectly cooked.  The portions were fairly large (by Italian standards).  I had the veal scallopini with wine sauce for my second course, and it was good but not great.  Go for the pasta or the seafood.

We had two pasta courses, a meat dish, and 2 liters of water and it was approximately 40 euro.  Service was attentive but not intrusive.  It really hit the spot after a long day of travel. We ended up going back on our last night after our tour guide recommended it as one of the best restaurants in Cinque Terre.  It was just as good as the first night.

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Best Restaurants in Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore

#62 Via Colombo (also known as Focaccia e Faina according to the reciept) – I had the focaccia con olive.  3 euro is a little on the high side for focaccia, but it was delicious.  It was light and airy with a great flavor.  It wasn’t oily, it wasn’t dry.  Perfection.  That’s the word for it.  If I had to find a negative, it was a little smaller than the other focaccia I tried, but it was worth it.  I was game to just eat this for dinner one night, but it looks like they were only open for lunch when we were there.  Plan accordingly.

Our tour guide also recommended Rio Bistrot in Riomaggiore, but we couldn’t get in this trip.  Next time!

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Belforte – We had a 9:00 reservation on the terrace, but when we arrived, it was pretty dark so we opted for a cozy dining room instead.  It was quite romantic and we enjoyed the house red wine, which was good but not as enjoyable as the house red at Gianni Franzi (definitely worth a visit!).

Since it was so late, we both opted for pasta courses.  My husband went for the squid ink pasta, which he proclaimed the best pasta dish he’s ever eaten.  I went for the trofie con pesto, which was very cheesy.  It had a stronger parmesan flavor, but it was still tasty!  Don’t let the picture fool you – it wasn’t oily at all.  It was cheesy!  If we had been more hungry, we would have opted for the flaming seafood risotto dish.  The presentation was so impressive!

Dinner ran us 49 euro including wine, bread, and two pasta dishes.  I think it’s absolutely worth a visit, but I would highly suggest coming at sunset to enjoy the view.

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journey of doing - best restaurants in cinque terreP I N I T  Batti Batti – We popped in here for some focaccia con olive before hiking up the hillside to enjoy the view over Vernazza.  A large piece was 2.50 euro and they warmed it up for me.  It was more dense than focaccia I enjoyed in Riomaggiore and Monterosso, but it was very soft and very fresh.  I would definitely stop in for a snack in Vernazza.  Also – the cashier didn’t criticize my Italian or speak to me in English.  Totally a win!

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Best Restaurants in Cinque Terre – Monterosso al Mare

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I’m really looking forward to going back to Cinque Terre and trying more restaurants in Monterosso al Mare.  Wonderland Bakery wasn’t open yet, and there were some dinner places that were completely booked while we were there.  There was one stand, however, that stood out on this trip.

Il Massimo della Focaccia – It’s 1.50 euro and it’s the best 1.50 euro you’re going to spend.  I went with the plain focaccia.  Olive oil and salt.  It was HUGE.  It was light and airy – just how focaccia should be.  The texture was slightly crispy and perfectly cooked.  It was so good and so cheap that we bought a couple to keep in our hotel room, and my husband proceeded to enjoy them for the next few days.  Il Massimo is right under the train station and across from the beach.  If you’re looking for cheap, tasty eats, Massimo’s is where to go.

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The past two weeks have been incredible.  Watching my Class of 2013 graduate from college (and on time!) has been incredible.  I’ve been wanting to write them a letter like I did for their high school graduation, but I’m so overcome with emotion that I don’t have the words yet.  Yet, the words I wrote still ring true:

“Today, I have to send you, my babies, off into the world.  I have been blessed, challenged and loved unconditionally by each of you.  I have tried to teach you how to be an advocate for yourself and a voice for others who cannot speak for themselves through my words and actions.  I have tried to push you to your fullest potential, and I hope you believe me when I say that I know you are capable of everything and beyond.  Should you ever doubt yourself, please remember that I will always believe in what you are capable of and that you have no limits to your ability to achieve.

You will forever be my little world changers – if for no other reason than you changed my world.

At times, and today especially, it is beyond my comprehension.”

I was going to say more, but there’s nothing else to say today.  Linking up with B for weekending.

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  • Bri @ My Life As... - This is beautiful. The three years I taught seniors was my favorite 3 years of teaching. I loved getting to watch them graduate & having them contact me now & tell me what they’re up to.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - I can’t imagine how emotional it must be to send your “kids” off into the world. I know that my sister is feeling the same way with all of her seniors graduating!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie Elizabeth - I can’t even imagine how special this is for you! They’re all so lucky to have YOU!ReplyCancel

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Since we took a pesto class on our last trip, I decided it would be fun to do a wine tasting tour in Cinque Terre on our second trip.  The Cinque Terre region is known for a dry white wine called Sciacchetrà, which is made from two types of grapes.  While every resident of Cinque Terre has their own wine terrace, they are not all maintained and much of the wine that is produced in the region is sold locally.

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Wine Tasting Tour in Cinque Terre – The Basics

Our tour was originally booked leaving from Riomaggiore.  Two days before our tour, we received an email and text message saying that the Riomaggiore tour did not make.  We were offered a tour in Manarola on the same day at the same time or we could opt for a refund.  Since we were staying in Manarola, we agreed to the change.

We met Alessandro outside of a local restaurant right as the daytrippers started to descend upon Manarola.  Alessandro was a Manarola native and a vineyard owner.  He checked our shoes (wear comfortable shoes appropriate for hiking) and we set off towards the harbor.  Right before we hit the harbor, he led us up the cliff side and away from the crowds.

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Wine Tasting Tour in Cinque Terre – The History Lessons

Our first stop as we climbed the hillside was at the cemetery that overlooks the coastline and the sea.  Here, Alessandro explained that there was less than 280 natives left in the village.  I touched on this in my post about the best place to stay in Cinque Terre, but essentially young locals are being priced out of the market because of tourist demand for apartments.  Many are forced to move to La Spezia, which is a larger city and has more affordable housing options.

As we continued to wind around the backside of Manarola, Alessandro educated us about the wine terraces.  As mentioned above, every resident has their own wine terrace.  Some are no longer maintained because it’s very expensive to do so.  The drywall can cost more than $7,000 to repair because all the materials must be brought in and most modern technology cannot be used.  This is true of the farming equipment as well.  Alessandro has acquired a number of terraces because people know how well he cares for them.  His terraces are on the backside of Manarola, overlooking the harbor where the locals swim and looking out towards Corniglia.

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Wine Tasting Tour in Cinque Terre – The Wine

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Sciacchetrà is a bit of a temperamental wine, and it can be heavily affected by the elements.  Since it’s difficult to use modern technology on the terraces, Cinque Terre wines area little more expensive.  It’s not mass produced like Chianti.  As a result, most of the wine that is manufactured in Cinque Terre is sold to local merchants and restaurants.

The wine is comprised of three different types of grapes (Vermentino, Bosco, and Albarola), although the percentages are up to the individual wine producer.  After showing us the different ways that he grows his grapes, Alessandro led us down to his cellar, which was a block away from our hotel.  He showed us how he meticulously checks the temperature to ensure that it’s not fermenting too fast or too slow.   His cellar had several large tanks where the wine is fermented and later stored until he’s ready to bottle it.  Because space is at a premium in Manarola, he only bottles what he needs to deliver – there’s not much room for storage.

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Wine Tasting Tour in Cinque Terre – The Bonuses!

One of the things that made this tour great was how much insight Alessandro was able to share with us about Manarola, tourism, restaurants, and of course, the wine.  He really went above and beyond the normal tour guide.  It’s clear he’s extremely passionate about Manarola and wine.  He’ll shoot straight with you and answer any questions you have about the Cinque Terre.   Spoiler alert:  It’s not a fishing village!

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