The Best Seafood Restaurants in the Cinque Terre

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The five famous villages that are known as the Cinque Terre in Italy’s Liguria region now rely more on tourism than fishing, but the connection to the sea’s bounty remains strong with fresh fish and shellfish being the stars of menus from Monterosso to Riomaggiore. These are our suggestions for the best seafood restaurants in the Cinque Terre.

1. Corniglia

Restaurant, Italian

There are only twenty tables at this old fashioned restaurant in the hilltop town of Corniglia, which is almost 400 steps above the sea-level train station. Make sure you have booked a table if you are not staying in the village. Rustic seafood pastas and tomato and rich mussels marinara are good choices here. Also note that this restaurant only accepts cash.


Trattoria Dal Billy Via Rollandi 122, Manarola, Italy +39 0187 920628

It is a mighty trek up to Trattoria dal Billy from the Manarola train station, but you will be rewarded for your effort with views of the sea and town below once you arrive at your table. You can start your meal here with a 12 piece appetizer that samples the bounty of the region, with a taste of hot and cold anchovies, octopus, squid and prawns. The signature dish here is taglierini alla Billy, which is a fresh pasta with peppers, pine nuts, tomatoes and shrimp.

2. Riomaggiore

Restaurant, Street Food

If you are on a budget or don’t have the time for the long and leisurely pace of an Italian restaurant meal, you have the option in Riomaggiore for takeout. Il Pescato Cucinato is a street food spot that serves cones of freshly fried shrimp, calamari, octopus and anchovies. The portions are generous and great value for your euro. There are a few benches to sit on and enjoy the view.

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