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Local Cuisine and Restaurants in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Holiday: Taste Local Cuisine in Cinque Terre.

Italian cuisine is known worldwide, and, of course, tourists are curious about where to try delicious dishes in Cinque Terre. Local cuisine in Cinque Terre offers a rich selection of dishes based on seafood and fresh vegetables. And pasta, being a universal Italian dish, is also very popular here.

The flavor of the dishes is enhanced by sauce made with local aromatic herbs (marjoram, basil, cumin, oregano). Olive oil is also locally produced.

Nessun Dorma Bar with best view of Manarola, Cinque Terre
Nessun Dorma Bar with best view of Manarola
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An Italian meal typically consists of an appetizer (antipasto), a first course, a second course, and dessert. Portions are usually quite large, so after the appetizer (which is often shared), it's common to order just one main course (either a first or second).

For appetizers, you can try local seafood assortments (assaggi di mare) or cured meats (salumi), which are very popular in Italy.

There's a wide variety of pasta dishes (pasta) for the first course. As for the second course, we recommend trying the fish dishes.

Cinque Terre is known for its local wines, especially the exquisite Sciacchetrà DOC dessert wine.

After your meal, you can enjoy a digestif, such as the local limoncello.

Italian meat platter and bruschetta at Nessun Dorma bar, Manarola, Cinque Terre
Italian meat platter and bruschetta at Nessun Dorma bar
Spaghetti alle vongole is one of the greatest classics of Italian cuisine, Cinque Terre
Spaghetti alle vongole is one of the greatest classics of Italian cuisine
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In each of the Cinque Terre villages, you'll find numerous restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of local dishes. To get information about the best-reviewed restaurants in Cinque Terre, we recommend visiting the Cinque Terre Restaurants page on TripAdvisor.

La Torre restaurant with a view of Vernazza, Cinque Terre
La Torre restaurant with a view of Vernazza
Restaurant with a view of the strait in Portovenere, Cinque Terre
Restaurant with a view of the strait in Portovenere
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The most impressive panoramic view of Cinque Terre can be enjoyed at Nessun Dorma Bar. It offers the best view of Manarola at reasonable prices. In this bar, you can savor local wines paired with traditional Italian bruschettas and various appetizers (the most popular is their signature tagliere Nessun Dorma – as shown in the video, priced at 40 euros).

Important: You'll need to download the Nessun Dorma app to join the virtual queue and check the queue length, so make your reservation a couple of hours in advance!

Nessun Dorma bar and best view of Manarola, Cinque Terre
Nessun Dorma bar and best view of Manarola
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Make sure to try special wine and cooking tours. Cinque Terre is famous for making wine and has many types of wine to enjoy. Join a wine tasting and learn to make real pesto in a cooking class. You'll have amazing food adventures!

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Cinque Terre offers numerous bars and eateries where you can grab food to go. Pizza will cost you 8-15 euros (one slice 3-4 euros). A small beer is 4 euros, while a larger one is 6 euros. Try various panini sandwiches with different fillings or savor fresh seafood fried to perfection. You can enjoy all of this while having lunch by the sea, sitting on the rocks, and relishing the beautiful panoramic view.

Budget snack in Vernazza while sitting on the pier, Cinque Terre
Budget snack in Vernazza while sitting on the pier

Text printed from www.cinqueterre.holiday website